Simple Calzones

Who doesn’t love pizza? We all know that pizza is a challenge on your blood sugar, and yes we all still eat it some too. But these calzones are a great way to get a pizza taste and have many fewer carbs.  Plus if your family has different toppings they like and dislike, each calzone can be made to order.  Sounds like a perfect pizza night to me.

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Simple Calzones

Ingredients

  •  16 whole frozen, unrisen yeast dinner rolls (I use Rhodes)
  • 15 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 1 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons dried parsley
  • toppings you desire – pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, garlic, banana peppers…
  • 1 – 2 egg whites for wash

Directions

  1. Spray a glass 9×13 pan with cooking spray.  Set frozen rolls in the pan spread apart.  Spray plastic wrap with cooking spray and cover the pan.  Let sit for 2 – 3 hours to rise.
  2. In a bowl combine the ricotta, mozzarella cheese and parsley.
  3. Prepare any toppings. We cook the sausage with Italian seasoning.  Saute the mushrooms with garlic and butter.
  4. Once the rolls are ready, make each calzone 1 at a time.
  5. Spread the roll as flat as possible. Put some of the ricotta mixture in the middle.
  6. Add any other topping desired.
  7. Fold it closed and press the edges down with a fork to seal.
  8. Place on a prepared pizza stone.
  9. Repeat with the rest of the rolls.
  10. Once all of the calzones are made brush each one with the egg white wash.
  11. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 12 – 15 minutes- or until golden brown.
  12. Serve with Marinara.

Nutritional Information – Serving size is 2 calzones.  Each calzone is 19 carbs, so 2 is just 38 carbs.

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