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Pizza Party Calzone

Enjoy this cheesy calzone made using ground beef and Pillsbury® Refrigerated Wheat Homestyle Loaf – perfect Italian-style dinner to serve at a party.

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  • prep time 35 min
  • total time 1 hr 20 min
  • ingredients 17
  • servings 12
 

Ingredients

2
tablespoons cornmeal
2
lb. lean ground beef
1
cup chopped onions
4
garlic cloves, minced
4
teaspoons fennel seed
1
(14-oz.) jar pizza sauce
3
eggs
1
(15-oz.) container part-skim ricotta cheese
12
oz. (3 cups) shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4
cup sliced green onions
2
teaspoons dried basil leaves
1
teaspoon dried oregano leaves
2
(1 lb 1.4-oz.) cans Pillsbury® Refrigerated Wheat Homestyle Loaf
3
oz. (3/4 cup) shredded fresh Parmesan cheese
2
teaspoons water
1
teaspoon honey
2
tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

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Steps

  • 1 Heat oven to 375°F. Grease 15x10x1-inch baking pan or spray with nonstick cooking spray; sprinkle evenly with cornmeal.
  • 2 Brown ground beef in large skillet over medium-high heat until thoroughly cooked, stirring frequently. Drain. Add onions, garlic and fennel seed; cook 5 minutes or until onions are tender, stirring frequently. Add pizza sauce; mix well. Cook 3 minutes or until thoroughly heated.
  • 3 Meanwhile, beat eggs in large bowl. Add ricotta cheese, 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese, green onions, basil and oregano; mix well.
  • 4 Unroll one can of dough onto flat surface. Cut dough in half crosswise. Slightly overlap longer edge; press firmly to seal. Press or roll dough to form 17x12-inch rectangle. Place over cornmeal in greased pan. Press dough in pan over bottom and up sides, overlapping sides of pan slightly.
  • 5 Spoon beef filling evenly over dough. Top with ricotta cheese mixture. Sprinkle with remaining 2 cups mozzarella cheese and 3/4 cup shredded fresh Parmesan cheese.
  • 6 Unroll second can of dough onto flat surface. Cut dough in half crosswise. Slightly overlap longer edge; press firmly to seal. Press or roll dough to form 15x10-inch rectangle. Place dough over filling. Seal edge firmly. Cut 2 rows of slits in top crust.
  • 7 Bake at 375°F. for 30 to 35 minutes or until crust is deep golden brown. Meanwhile, in small bowl, combine water and honey. During last 10 minutes of baking, brush honey mixture over crust; sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
  • 1 Heat oven to 375°F. Grease 15x10x1-inch baking pan or spray with nonstick cooking spray; sprinkle evenly with cornmeal.
  • 2 Brown ground beef in large skillet over medium-high heat until thoroughly cooked, stirring frequently. Drain. Add onions, garlic and fennel seed; cook 5 minutes or until onions are tender, stirring frequently. Add pizza sauce; mix well. Cook 3 minutes or until thoroughly heated.
  • 3 Meanwhile, beat eggs in large bowl. Add ricotta cheese, 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese, green onions, basil and oregano; mix well.
  • 4 Unroll one can of dough onto flat surface. Cut dough in half crosswise. Slightly overlap longer edge; press firmly to seal. Press or roll dough to form 17x12-inch rectangle. Place over cornmeal in greased pan. Press dough in pan over bottom and up sides, overlapping sides of pan slightly.
  • 5 Spoon beef filling evenly over dough. Top with ricotta cheese mixture. Sprinkle with remaining 2 cups mozzarella cheese and 3/4 cup shredded fresh Parmesan cheese.
  • 6 Unroll second can of dough onto flat surface. Cut dough in half crosswise. Slightly overlap longer edge; press firmly to seal. Press or roll dough to form 15x10-inch rectangle. Place dough over filling. Seal edge firmly. Cut 2 rows of slits in top crust.
  • 7 Bake at 375°F. for 30 to 35 minutes or until crust is deep golden brown. Meanwhile, in small bowl, combine water and honey. During last 10 minutes of baking, brush honey mixture over crust; sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

When deep dish pizza was first offered in restaurants, many had a thick whole-wheat crust. The restaurant provided sueeze bottles of honey to drizzle over the plain, thick outer crust. The combination was delicious. To achieve some of that flavor, we brush honey over the crust of this calzone. The savory-sweet combination is very appealing.

Fennel seeds are oval and greenish-brown. They are used in sweet and savory recipes, and to flavor liqueurs. Added to the meat mixture to this calzone, fennel seed evoke the flavor of Italian sausage.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
570
(
Calories from Fat
230),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
25g
25%
(Saturated Fat
11g,
11%
),
Cholesterol
135mg
135%;
Sodium
1110mg
1110%;
Total Carbohydrate
48g
48%
(Dietary Fiber
3g
3%
  Sugars
10g
10%
),
Protein
37g
37%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
10%;
Vitamin C
4%;
Calcium
40%;
Iron
25%;
Exchanges:
3 Starch; 3 Other Carbohydrate; 1/2 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.