Friday, April 2, 2010

Day 121, Cheeseburger Calzone

I occasionally like to make a calzone, and today's combined pizza and cheeseburgers.

Cheeseburger Calzone

2 boxes Jiffy pizza crust mix
1 cup hot water
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 tbsp sesame seeds

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Cook ground beef in a large frying pan over medium heat until browned; drain and rinse. Combine pizza crust mix and hot water; let stand for 5 minutes in a warm place such as the top of the oven. On a floured surface, knead crust several times. Grease a pizza pan with olive oil. Grease your hands with olive oil. Place dough in middle of pan and press toward sides of pan until crust is even allowing crust to go over edges slightly. Place half of ground beef on half of dough, add half of cheese on top of ground beef, add remaining ground beef then remaining cheese. Bring dough over beef mixture until edges meet. Fold dough from bottom half over sides and press gently to allow dough to stick to itself. Sprinkle sesame seeds over top. Bake 18-20 minutes until crust is golden brown.

Serves 8-10

If you like different cheeseburger combinations, enjoy the combinations you normally like. Good combinations would be mushrooms and swiss, tomatoes, or cooked bacon. I wouldn't bake lettuce or condiments in the calzone, but having them on the side for dipping is good. I used ketchup to dip mine in this time. I used a cheap cut of ground beef which is why I rinse it in hot water. It ends up being a little less beef in the end, but after rinsing it is nearly as lean as the leaner cuts. If you end up using a different dough mix, go by the temperature rating on the back of the package. Do not precook the dough because you have to fold it upon itself.

Flavor Rating: Great, pizza and cheeseburgers, how can you miss?

Ease of Preparation: Moderate, it takes practice to figure out how to make fresh dough.

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