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Monday, October 17 2016


1 - pound ground beef or uncooked ground turkey
1/4 - cup chopped onion
1 - 1 pound portion fresh pizza dough* or one 1-pound portion frozen pizza dough, thawed
1/2 - cup marinara sauce
2 - cups shredded mozzarella cheese or shredded Italian blend cheeses (8 ounces)
1 - cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1 - cup chopped red, green, and/or yellow sweet peppers (2 small)
1/2 - teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
1/4 - 1/2 - teaspoon crushed red pepper
Marinara sauce, warmed
Snipped fresh parsley and/or crushed red pepper (optional)
Grated Parmesan cheese (optional)


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a 9 1/2- to 10-inch cast-iron or ovenproof skillet cook ground beef and onion over medium heat about 5 minutes or until the meat is browned and onion is tender, using a wooden spoon to break up meat as it cooks. Drain off fat. Set meat mixture aside. Wipe skillet out with a paper towel; set aside to cool slightly.

On a lightly floured surface, divide pizza dough in half. Roll one dough portion to a 12-inch circle (if dough is hard to roll, let stand for 5 minutes and then roll out). Press dough circle into the bottom and up the sides of the skillet. Spread the 1/2 cup marinara sauce evenly over the dough. Top with meat mixture, mozzarella cheese, mushrooms, sweet peppers, oregano, and the 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper. Roll the remaining dough portion into an 11-inch circle. Place dough circle over filling. Pinch edges of bottom crust and top crust together to seal. Using the tip of a sharp knife, cut slits in the top crust.

Bake about 25 minutes or until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Let stand for 5 minutes before cutting. Cut into wedges to serve. Serve with additional warmed marinara sauce. If desired, garnish with parsley and/or additional crushed red pepper. If desired, serve with Parmesan cheese.

From the Test Kitchen

Look at an Italian market or a specialty food store for fresh pizza dough.


Use frozen peppers for the fresh and sub in your favorite pizza topping for the mushrooms.

Nutrition Facts (Cast-Iron Skillet Calzone)
Per serving: 498 kcal cal., 22 g fat (9 g sat. fat, 1 g polyunsaturated fat, 7 g monounsatured fat), 73 mg chol., 782 mg sodium, 42 g carb., 3 g fiber, 7 g sugar, 32 g pro. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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