I hosted bookclub for some super fun ladies and I was racking my brain about what to make. Mr. J and I were on the verge of officially owning the house and I wanted to host despite the boxes all over and Christmas gift wrapping station. There’s a core group each time we get together and a few others come and go so I was looking for a crowd pleaser that would be easy for me to enjoy the crowd while dinner was almost ready. I went to my trusty signature calzones.
I knew I could make these and cook them 75% the night before, which would allow me to visit with them. It also meant most of my cleanup was already done!
I made a broccoli and cheddar one in wheat dough and prosciutto, apple, and brie. I started with carrots and hummus since all other apps were seeming to compete with the calzones and I served some salad and we finished with s’mores bars.
1 ball of pizza dough
6 slices of prosciutto
1 granny smith apple
6 oz brie
Spread room temperature dough out.
Core and chop apple into thin slices.
Roll prosciutto into logs and chop chiffonade.
Layer brie, apple, and proscuitto. Layer and layer until you think there’s too much and keep going.
Close the dough around the filling and make a few slices across the top.
Brush with egg wash for a shiny outside.
Bake 375 degrees for 40 minutes on a pizza stone or lined baking sheet.
I freeze the brie to make it easier to slice. 15-25 minutes should be enough to cut through. I chiffonade the prosciutto because it can be tough to bite through when the pieces are too big. Let it sit for 5 minutes before slicing so the filling doesn’t ooze out.
Check out just how crazy the filling looked and then when baked it looks like the right amount. That is my prime suggestion for calzones.
I usually put sage in, but I forgot it when grocery shopping. I wasn’t sure if it would be everyone’s taste so I thought the broccoli one would be well liked too. Now, How many pennies?
Here’s the costs for the Proscuitto Brie and Apple Calzone:
Pizza dough: $1.50
1 Granny Smith apple: $0.79
1/4 pound Prosciutto: $1.68
6 oz brie: $4.99
total: $8.96 or $2.24 per person for 4 servings