Top Dogs Tex-Mex Calzones
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Serves: 8
These are perfect – make them ahead of time and freeze for a take along, emergency lunch or quick dinner later.
  • 1 (700g) fresh store-bought pizza dough
  • 8 Original Top Dogs, diced small
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 bell pepper (any colour), diced small
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup Tex-mex shredded cheese
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour for dusting your work surface and pans
  • Egg wash: one egg white and drop of water, whisked together
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Prepare two sheet pans with parchment paper and dust with all-purpose flour. On a clean-floured work surface, cut pizza dough into 8 equal pieces. Using a floured rolling pin, roll out dough pieces into circles to ¼ inch thick. Place on parchment-lined baking sheet pan and set aside while making your filling.
  3. Add chopped hot dogs, onion, bell pepper, garlic, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper into a large bowl. Combine everything together by mixing with a spoon.
  4. Heat a large skillet with olive oil to medium-high heat. Add the hot dog mixture and sauté until the vegetables are softened, about 4 minutes. If there is excess water, drain the mixture using a sieve.
  5. Prepare egg wash. Add ¼ cup of the hot dog filling to the centre of each dough round. Top mixture with a tablespoon of shredded tex-mex cheese. Brush edge of half the dough round with egg wash (this will help the calzone stick together). Fold dough over filling and use a fork to close and secure the filling into the calzone. Add more shredded cheese to the top of the calzone and then using a knife, cut a few steam vents in the top of each calzone to prevent them from bursting and also to prevent them from getting soggy. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the dough is cooked, filling is hot and cheese is melted. Let them cool slightly and then serve.
  6. Make-ahead: These are great to make ahead of time for lunch or for a quick weeknight dinner, I even make a double batch! Bake the calzones according to instructions above and then let them cool to room-temperature. Wrap each individual calzone tightly with plastic wrap. Transfer to a plastic freezer bag and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  7. To reheat from frozen, remove the plastic wrap and discard. Preheat your oven or toaster oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the calzones in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet until heated through, about 8-10 minutes. Another option is to thaw the calzone overnight in the refrigerator. The next day, you can reheat them in a toaster oven for a few minutes or a microwave before serving.
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