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    Italian Calzones

    Source of Recipe

    Master Chef Don's 2008 Collection

    Recipe Introduction

    8 servings

    List of Ingredients

    1 bread dough -- frozen
    1 pound extra lean ground beef -- round
    1/2 cup mushrooms -- chopped
    1/2 cup onion -- finely chopped
    1/4 cup green bell pepper -- chopped
    1/2 cup evaporated skim milk
    3 tablespoons dry bread crumbs -- fine
    1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
    1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
    1 teaspoon fennel seed -- crushed
    3 cloves garlic -- minced
    3/4 cup tomato sauce
    1 teaspoon sugar
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    Vegetable cooking spray


    1. Thaw bread dough.

    2. Combine ground beef and next 9 ingredients in a large skillet; stir well.

    Cool over medium heat 10 minutes of until meat is browned, stirring to crumble meat.

    Add 3/4 cup tomato sauce, sugar, and salt; cook 6 minutes, stirring occasionally. (drain off excess grease when done).

    3. Remove from heat; let mixture cool slightly. Divide dough into 8 equal portions.

    Working with 1 portion at a time (cover remaining portions to keep dough from drying out), roll each portion to 1/8-inch thickness.

    Place on a large baking dish coated with cooking spray, and pat each portion into a 6-inch circle with floured fingertips.

    Spoon 1/3 cup meat mixture onto half of each circle; moisten edges of dough with water.
    Fold dough over filling; press edges together with a fork to seal.

    Lightly coat with cooking spray.

    4. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden. Remove from oven, and lightly coat again with cooking spray.

    Serve warm.




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