Last night we had a family movie night. I picked up the classic film, The Godfather, at the library. While TJ and Paula were at work, I made Sausage and Pepper Calzones, a recipe that I found in the July issue of Cooking Light. I did not make the tomato sauce that the recipe suggested for dipping the calzone. Instead we just used a bottle of tomato sauce that we had in the cupboard.

To prepare the filling, heat 1 teaspoon oil over medium-high heat in a large nonstick skillet. Add 2 red and/or yellow bell peppers that have been sliced, 1 medium sliced onion, 2 minced garlic cloves, and 8 ounces of italian sausage. Sauté for 10 minutes or until the vegetables are tender and the sausage is browned. Spoon the mixture into a bowl and let cool slightly.

Preheat oven to 450°.

Divide into the pizza dough into 4 equal portions. Roll each portion into a 8-inch circle on a lightly floured surface. Spoon about 1/2 cup (or more) vegetable-sausage mixture onto half of each circle, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Add shredded mozzarella cheese (as much as you wish…). Fold the dough over the filling and crimp edges of dough with fingers to seal. Place the calzones on a large baking sheet lined with foil (or on a pizza stone). Pierce the tops of the dough once with a fork. Bake at 450° for about 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from the oven and let cool for 2-3 minutes. Slice the calzones into 2 inch slices.

Serve with some tomato sauce and use the sauce for dipping the calzones. Enjoy! Both the calzones and the movie were terrific! All three of us enjoyed them a whole lot!

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