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Published on: October 7, 2011


Christmas Calzone
Christmas Calzone

This has been a staple at my family Christmas gatherings, since long before I was born.
When my dad made it, he would make one huge Calzone….1/2 sweet and 1/2 hot. You could tell which side was which before you even cut into it, because he would poke little holes in the shape of an “H” and a “S” into the top of the dough before baking it.

Keep in mind that this will make a massive calzone that will feed a lot of people.
We usually serve it as one of the dishes on Christmas Eve.
You can cut the recipe in 1/2 to make it smaller.

Also pictured below that beautiful calzone is my great grandmother’s dough rolling stick.

3 lbs Rhode’s frozen pizza dough (3 loaves in package).
Use 1 ½ loaves for top crust and 1 ½ loaves for bottom crust.

2 pounds Italian sausage removed from casing
1 – 3 tbs Hot red pepper flakes (to taste optional)
1 tbs Fennel seeds
4 pounds whole milk Ricotta cheese
4 – 5 Eggs
A handful of Italian flat leaf parsley
2 cups grated Romano cheese
Salt & Pepper

Mix meat, fennel seeds, (hot pepper), salt & pepper and fry until pink color is gone from meat.
Let that cool.
In a large bowl, mix Ricotta, eggs, parsley, Romano cheese, salt & pepper.
When meat has cooled, combine meat mixture with cheese mixture.
Roll out bottom crust to fit large sheet pan (sprinkle bottom of pan with corn meal to prevent dough from sticking).
Brush inside of bottom crust with egg whites before filling to prevent pizza from being soggy. (Save egg yolks!)
Fill bottom crust with cheese/meat mixture. Cover with top crust and close edges.
Prick entire top of pizza with fork to let steam out when cooking or it will explode in your oven.
Brush top and sides with egg yolks.
Bake at 375 degrees until done – Approx. 45 min. to 1 hour (depending on oven)
Remove from pan immediately and cool on rack.

TIP: DO NOT COOL IN THE FRIDGE. The calzone will become soggy.

This can be served warm or cold.

When my sister Judi was making it last Christmas eve, she called and asked for the recipe that I had. I sent it to her and I must admit that her Calzone turned out to be the best I’ve ever tasted. You can check it out here: Calzone

Italian Sausage

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Published on: September 16, 2011

How to Cook a perfect Italian Sausage

Perfectly cooked Italian Sausage
Perfectly cooked Italian Sausage

1 lb Italian sausage
2 tbs olive oil
Hot water
This is by far the best way to cook Italian sausage. I do this before I add it to gravy, or make Italian sausage sandwiches or almost every time I am making it.

Put the oil into a non-stick pan. Place sausages side by side into the pan and add the hot water until it is about ½ covering the sausage.
Place the lid on the pan and turn the heat to medium. Let those cook for about 10 – 12 minutes.

Italian sausage cooking
Italian sausage cooking

Take off the lid and keep cooking. The water will eventually cook off and leave the olive oil.
Cook each sausage until it is nicely browned, then rotate to each side until browned all the way around.
Remove from pan.

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