Saturday, January 7, 2012

Just in Time for the Game…or Any Time! Cheeseburger Calzones!


My family just loves these and they’re so easy to whip up! They taste JUST like a cheeseburger! Of course I have to customize several for personal tastes, but that’s easy enough.

The original recipe calls for refrigerated French bread dough, but I just use my pizza crust recipe that is soooo easy. I divide my dough in fourths, but you could easily make one big calzone OR divide the dough more… it’s all up to you!

Here is my pizza dough recipe:

1C hot water (my hot water from the tap comes out the perfect temp for the yeast)
2 1/2 tsp yeast (or one of those little pkts)
1 tsp salt
several glubs EVOO (that’s a technical gourmet cooking term, glubs… probably equals about 2T olive oil!)
2 1/2 C unbleached all purpose flour

Dissolve yeast in hot water, let sit for about 10 min before adding the rest of the ingredients. Add flour gradually until you have a nice workable dough… (you’ll know).

Cover dough with a little more olive oil, cover bowl and set aside while you prepare the cheeseburger stuffing!

Preheat oven to 400*

Basic Cheeseburger ingredients… customize to tastes, omitting or adding or whatever!

1/2 C chopped onion
1/4 C chopped dill pickle
3/4 C ketchup (I cut back the ketchup and add some mayo!)
2 tsp yellow mustard
1 clove garlic, pressed
1# (approximately) lean ground beef/turkey/meat substitute, cooked, crumbled and drained (no need to cook meat substitute)
1 T olive oil
sliced cheese…the choice is yours!

Now, this is where you might need individual bowls for those picky ones that don’t like onions OR pickles OR both! LOL… you get the picture.
Mix all the innards up real good.

Take your divided dough and pat it out, not too thin but not too thick…again, you’ll know *wink*!
Lay cheese slices on dough, top with filling, seal edges of dough around filling.
Drizzle with olive oil, cut vents in top to allow steam to vent.

I sprinkled sesame seeds on these.

Bake 18-20 minutes or until a deep golden brown.


The cheese bubbled out of the slits on that one. Oh, my, I might have to make them again today!! Just looking at the picture…I’m getting hungry!!

Play around with the recipe…have fun and enjoy! Let me know if you like it, I think you will!!

Thanks for stopping!



Anonymous said...

Calzones got my attention ... but the word "innards" made my hillbilly mouth drool! lol


Joanne (jojot) said...

sounds deeeeeelish to me, gf

Colleen said...

I could eat one of those for breakfast right now. They sure do look Yummy.
Thanks for the recipes. Will be making these for Super Bowl Sunday. Come on Packers!
Your pizza dough is very much like mine. I do add about 1T. sugar to my yeast / water mixture.

Dina K. said...

Gorgeous! I like to make Philly cheese steak ones when we're home, with sauteed meat, onions, mushrooms, and peppers, cheese and dijon mustard. We haven't tried a cheeseburger one yet, but this looks sooooo yummy! Oh, and my pizza crust recipe looks like Colleen's... I like a bit of granulated garlic in it too. :)

Kelley said...

Glubs? LOL!! Sounds yummy!!!

Anonymous said...

These look and sound fabulous! Can't wait to try your recipe. ( BTW, use of glubs is pretty much the way I always pour olive oil. Measure? Not so much unless I'm baking something that requires precision - LOL ).