Braided Calzone

Yo, yo, yo foodies! It’s Friday, can you believe it? I certainly can. It’s been quite a week. The week started with sickness and ended with a tornado. What a whirlwind! Are you wondering about the tornado? I don’t know if any of you remember, but yesterday I mentioned that it started to down pour when I wanted to take Pippy outside. Well it was not just rain; it was horizontal rain, thunder and lightning, which was accompanied by gusts of hurricane forced winds. I was kind of excited because I love those types of storms. However, I knew I was going to have to go to Quantico to pick Nick up from work. I left just after 5pm, when everything seemed to simmer a little bit, and BAM a tornado touched down {just north of where I was on I-95N}. If any of you experience I-95 on a regular basis, you know even the slightest glitch in the flow of traffic equals stopped cars for miles. Well, last night a 20 minute trip took an hour. I found out it was a downed tree in the middle of the interstate, because I saw it as I passed by it. Yep, there was a tree just resting in the far left hand lane.

Life became a little bit easier for a couple of miles, but was crazy right around the Quantico exit. Thank GOD that I was getting off; my patience could not take much more.

Before I took off for Quantico, I checked the weather channel and it warned me of possible Tornados, and Nick called to tell me about what he was hearing; I scoffed at it. Luckily I was spared any devastation, but people north of us were not so lucky. There was a lot of damage in isolated areas because of these storms and the tornado; but the last I heard there was no deaths or injuries. Whew.

What a Thursday.

I hope it does not rain tomorrow because we’re going to Annapolis for the boat show. Nick’s dad just bought a boat and he’s super excited about all of the excursions in its future. His dad has a lot of exciting adventures {leisure & business} coming up in his life and we’re happy to celebrate this one. There was talk that we’d go up to Annapolis tonight, but that is not happening. I am looking forward to tomorrow because we’ll be able to spend time with Joe {Nick’s dad} and two of my favorite people in the entire universe – Aunt Lynda & Uncle Larry. I LOVE THEM!!! Seriously, they are two of my favorite people in the whole wide world. I am so looking forward to spending time with them!

Maybe I’ll take pictures and post our adventures next week.

Back to today – it’s Friday. That means I have a Kid-Friendly Friday segment for you today. Nick loves Calzone and I have promised to make him one for quite some time now. I finally did this week. This was so fun and easy to make that I think your kids would love making it. So here is its debut – Braided Calzone.

Nutritional Information:
Serving Size: 1/8th
Calories: 157.8
Fat: 10.5 g
Carbohydrates: 6.6 g
Fiber: .45 g
Protein: 8.5 g
Points+:  4

Here is what you will need:

  • 1 pizza dough ball
  • 1 jar pizza sauce
  • 1 bell pepper, sliced thin & sautéed 
  • 1 to 2 cups cheese, shredded
  • 1 sausage link, cooked & crumbled
  • Any spices you like {garlic, hot pepper flakes, Cajun seasoning, etc.}

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  • Roll out pizza dough ball in a rectangular shape {something that could fit on a baking sheet}
  • In the middle third of the dough ball, spread the sauce, seasoning, cheese and sausage

  • Slice the right & left sides of the calzone dough into 1-inch pieces
  • Now, braid – fold one piece of the right side toward the left side, then fold the left side toward the right side; continue with the braiding process until completely done

  • Place a piece of foil on a baking sheet
  • Lightly grease the foil
  • Put the calzone on the greased foil lined baking sheet
  • Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and cooked through

  • Allow to cool for a few minutes
  • Cut & enjoy!

We absolutely LOVED this! Nick would have wanted to add ricotta to the mix, and maybe I’ll do that next time, but this was perfect with the ingredients listed above. We TORE through it… really, it did not last that long!!

Your kids will love helping to layer the ingredients and braid the bread. Give it a try this weekend! You will not be disappointed!

Until Next Time,

Happy Braiding {Calzone} bread! 

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