Tuesday, September 25, 2012

9/25/12 ChefElla's Hot Breakfast Calzone

When my Dad make our lunch for school, he gets everything ready the night before.  This gave me an idea.  I could get breakfast ready the night before.  But what would I make?  If I made eggs, they would just get cold and hard, and if I made bacon or sausage, it would just be soggy, so what could I make?
I had just the right recipe.  I would take my calzone (pizza pocket) recipe and make it with breakfast foods.  My sister and I like eggs, turkey sausage, cheese, and potatoes, so I knew these would be perfect for our filling.  If you do not eat these ingredients, then don't be afraid to substitute foods you like in your own breakfast calzone like bacon, beans, tomatoes, peppers, or even tempeh (soybean cake).  This is your breakfast and you should use the ingredients that you like.  For this recipe you will need to use the stove and the oven.  If you are not allowed to use the stove or oven by yourself you can have your mom or dad help.

1.  Wash your hands.
2.  Get a small sauté pan, a heat proof spatula or wooden spoon, a large mixing bowl, a small mixing bowl, a small whisk or fork, a cookie sheet, measuring spoons, wax paper or aluminum foil, and a 1/2 cup.

Ingredients: (This recipe will make four calzones)
1/4 lb.         Turkey Sausage
                   -If you are using pre-cooked sausage, just chop it up into little pieces and put it in your
                   mixing bowl.
3                  Large Eggs
1 Tbl.          Milk
1/2 Cup       Shredded, Cheddar Cheese
                   -Or you can use any other kind of cheese you want.
1/2 Cup       Shredded, Frozen Potatoes (hashbrowns)               
1 tsp.          Salt, Kosher or Sea Salt
1/4 tsp.       Black Pepper
1 tube         Refrigerated, raw pizza dough.
                  -I use Pillsbury brand, Pizza Crust, Thin Crust.
Flour as needed.

3.  First, heat your small pan, on the stove on medium heat. 
4.  While your pan is heating crack your eggs into your small bowl, add your milk, and mix with a
     whisk or fork until blended (when the mixture is all the same light yellow color it is blended).
5.  Wash your hands.  Raw eggs can make you sick if you eat them, so you want to wash your hands
     after you touch raw eggs.
6.  Spray your pan with cooking spray, and add your sausage.  Mix your sausage and chop into little
     pieces with your spatula while it cooks.  When it is cooked, not pink anymore, add it to your large
7.  Put your pan back on the stove and spray with a little more cooking spray.  Add your eggs to the
    pan.  Gently mix the eggs while they are cooking.  The eggs will begin to stick together.  This is
    normal.  Keep mixing the eggs gently, do not let them stick to the pan.  When the eggs are not liquid
    anymore they will be done.  Add your eggs to the bowl and mix in with your sausage.
8.  Pre-heat your oven to 400F.
9.  Sprinkle a little flour on your countertop.  Gently open the pizza dough and roll it out over the
     flour.  The dough should be stretched a little so it is an even thickness, and rectangle in shape.
10.  Cut the dough in half and then cut each half in half.  You will have four rectangles when done.
11.  Mix cheddar cheese and frozen potatoes into your eggs and sausage mixture.
12.  Line your sheet pan with wax paper or aluminum foil and spray with pan spray.
13.  Scoop 1/2 cup of egg mixture into each rectangle of dough.  Fold dough in half and crimp edges.
       make 2 or 3 small cuts in the top of the calzone.  This will let the steam out and keep them crisp.
14.  Place each calzone onto the sheet pan and place pan in the oven on the middle rack.
15.  Bake each calzone for 10 - 12 minutes, or until they start to brown.  If they are for tomorrows
       breakfast put the pan on counter and let them cool.  When cool, cover with plastic wrap and put
       them into the refrigerator.  If you plan on eating them right away cook for 15 -20 minutes or until
       they are golden brown.
16. To reheat in the morning, pre-heat oven to 425F, and bake calzones for 8-10 minutes.  Or wrap
      your calzone in a paper towel and microwave for 2 - 3 minutes.
17.  Enjoy your calzone as they are, or eat them with salsa, ketchup or whatever other toppings you

There is nothing like a hot breakfast before school or sports, so enjoy.


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