Here is a fun way to change up pizza night! These calzones start with Butter Pizza Crust and are filled with cheese, sausage, mushrooms and black olives. Traditional calzones do not have sauce on the inside, but are rather dipped into marinara sauce, if desired. These little hand pizzas are perfectly contained and portable, perfect even for pizza night on the go!

Calzones with Sausage and Mushrooms

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Calzones with Sausage and Mushrooms

Ingredients

  • 1 batch Butter Pizza Crust
  • 1/2 pound ground sausage
  • 2 cups cremini or button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/4 cup sliced black olives
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 2.25-ounce can sliced mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon fresh herbs such as sage, rosemary or thyme, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 egg + 1 teaspoon water, for egg wash
  • 2 cups marinara sauce, for serving

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°F. Line 2 sheet pans with parchment paper.

Prepare Butter Pizza Crust. Divide dough into 8 equal pieces and roll out into thin circle about 6 inches wide. Transfer to sheet pans.

In large skillet set over medium high heat, brown sausage. Transfer to paper towel lined plate to drain. Drain all but 1 tablespoon of sausage grease from pan. Return pan to heat, add sliced mushrooms, olives and garlic, and season with salt and pepper. Cook until mushrooms are browned. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.

In bowl, combine sausage, mushrooms, herbs, mozzarella and parmesan. Spoon about 1/2 cup of mixture into center of each pizza dough round.

Fold dough over to make half-moon shape. Crimp edges to seal. Brush with egg wash and bake until golden, 25-30 minutes. Serve with marinara sauce, for dipping.

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  1. Kristen Spangler said:

    The introduction mentioned ripe olives, but they are not listed in the recipe.