Valentine’s Day Calzones

Want a special way to celebrate Valentine’s Day without the exorbitant dinner bill?  For the last five years, we have celebrated valentine’s day at home.   Not only is cooking at home cheaper, but there is something fun about you and your significant other having the evening to yourself.  That being said, making a lavish meal is not most people’s idea of a good time.  Instead, we have made heart shaped calzones for the last five years.  It is easy and fun!  Below is the simple recipe.

Calzone

Base Ingredients:

  • One Pillsbury Classic Pizza Crust per two people (example here)
  • Ricotta
  • Mozzarella
  • Traditional Tomato Sauce (you’ll want extra for dipping)

Additional Ingredients:

  • Pepperoni
  • Browned sausage
  • Spinach
  • Mushrooms and onions (sauteed on the stove top)

Directions:

1) Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

2) If you are going to add some ingredients that require additional preparation, like sausage or mushrooms and onions, I would go ahead and prepare that now.  They will be warmed in the oven so it is fine that you are preparing them first.  Generally, we stick with the pepperoni and spinach, because they don’t require any additional preparation.

3) Take the pizza crust and roll it out, then divide it in half.  You want it thick enough that you can fit your ingredients, but not so thin that it breaks when you try to fold it.

4) I like to spray a piece of aluminum foil with some cooking spray to keep the calzone from sticking.  Each calzone gets its own piece of aluminum foil.  That makes it easier to move them around and place them directly on the cooking sheet once you are ready.  In the alternative, you can spray the cooking sheet after spraying it with non stick cooking spray.  I prefer the aluminum foil method because it gives you more space to work so that you and your significant other can be preparing your calzones at the same time.

5) Then, start adding your ingredients.  It is that simple.  My one tip, is to make sure the ingredients are centered in the bottom half of your calzone crust.  I would leave about a half an inch to an inch between your ingredients and the edge of the crust.  I like to start and end with tomato sauce and have the rest of the ingredients in between.

6) Once you have your calzone filled, fold the top of the crust over.  Generally, this is where you do the maneuvering to get the crust to mirror that wonderful heart shape from above.  Well, if you can call it that.  Once you have the shape that you are looking for, you can use your hands to seal the edges.    For a stronger seal, you can use the prongs of your fork to push the edges together.

7) Here is where you maneuver your prepared calzone onto the cooking sheet.  You can fold the edges of the aluminum over so that both calzones are able to fit on one sheet.

8) Cook for approximately 15 minutes, until it starts to brown.  [Insert glass of wine with your significant other]

9) Then, viola! You have your heart shaped (Instagram worthy) Valentine’s Day calzones.  We always like to serve them with a side of tomato sauce.

Bonus recommendation: Listen to Edith Piaf while cooking.  Trust me on this one.

Hope everyone has a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

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