Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Pizza Pie or Calzone in a Pan

My husband and I  enjoyed an afternoon in the kitchen one day and came up with this dish based on one he remembered his mom making when they were growing up. You begin my making bread dough. Any basic bread dough or pizza dough recipe will work. You need enough dough for 2 pizzas so you will want a recipe that calls for 5-6 cups of flour. Double your favorite recipe if you need to. Here is one that you could use. While the dough is rising, mix the filling together.
Make a sloppy joe mixture using browned hamburger and canned sloppy joe mix or spaghetti sauce. Add a can of green beans and some sliced olives.

Once your dough has finished rising, roll it out to fit in the bottom and up the sides of a 9x13 pan. 

Here I am working with it to fit. You want to roll it quite thin and don't stretch it too much or it will just shrink while it is baking.

Just work with it a bit - it is much easier than pie crust because it doesn't tear too easily.

Pour the filling onto the dough.

Spread it out and fill the pan quite full.

Top with shredded cheese.

Roll the other dough out to fit the top. Crimp the edges.

Cut a few slits to allow the steam to vent.

Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown. Top with additional shredded cheese and pop back in the oven just long enough to allow the cheese to melt.

Cut into squares and serve with your favorite salad. 

You can easily do a smaller size pizza pie or even do individual ones calzone style. Sausage in the filling would also be great.

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