Back of Say Cheese! Fresh Mozzarella, Italian Sausage Calzones Mozzarella is a widely known, mild Italian cheese that's made from a pulling, stretching, and cutting technique. At one time, all mozzarella was made from water buffalo milk, but now it's commonly made with cow's milk. Fresh mozzarella is packaged in water or whey and has a soft texture and delicate flavor. It's delicious alone, in a salad (like caprese) or melted. To find out how I used my fresh mozzarella boconccini, . My first thought was to make a classic pizza margherita, but since I've never experimented with calzones, I decided to tuck the chunks of mozzarella into a pizza pocket. This recipe is straightforward and can easily be adapted to your culinary specifications. That being said, I followed the recipe exactly, and it was wonderful! The combination of fragrant sausage, garlicky pesto, sweet peppers, and oozing cheese is utterly sublime. I made the components (roasted garlic, spicy tomato sauce, and pesto) from scratch, but feel free to take help from the supermarket. Fresh Mozzarella, Italian Sausage Calzones From Emeril Lagasse Ingredients1 ball of basic pizza dough (enough dough for 1 pizza) 1 tablespoon olive oil Salt and white pepper 1/2 cup thick pesto 1/2 cup roasted garlic 1 cup diced Italian sausage, cooked 1 red pepper, roasted, peeled, seeded and julienned 2 tablespoons chiffonade of basil 4 (1/2-inch) slices of fresh Mozzarella cheese 2 tablespoons grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese 1 egg, beaten 1 cup spicy tomato sauce, hot Directions Preheat the oven to 500 degrees. Place the dough out onto a floured surface. Roll the dough out to form a 12-inch circle. Spread the pesto over one half of the dough. Layer the garlic, sausage, peppers, and basil, alternately over the pesto. Lay the Mozzarella and parmesan cheese over the basil. Fold the other side of the dough over the filling and pinch the edges to seal the calzone. Make three slashes across the top of the calzone. Place the calzone on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Brush the calzone with the egg wash. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden. Spoon the sauce in the center of the plate. Slice the calzone in half and place in the center of the sauce. Alternately, spoon the sauce into a bowl and serve with the calzone. Serves 2. Information Category Main Dishes, Pizza Cuisine Italian View 31 Photos › Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3 Photo 4 Photo 5 Photo 6 Photo 7 Photo 8 Photo 9 Photo 10 Photo 11 Photo 12 Photo 13 Photo 14 Photo 15 Photo 16 Photo 17 Photo 18 Photo 19 Photo 20 Photo 21 Photo 22 Photo 23 Photo 24 Photo 25 Photo 26 Photo 27 Photo 28 Photo 29 Photo 30 Photo 31 Comments Rancher'sGirl 8 years The "what's-for-dinner?" dilemma is officially solved! My DH will love this! I might try baking this in the outdoor grill sometime. :) care0531 8 years damn you make me so hungry posting pictures like this! Food 8 years Everything about this dish -- including the sauce -- was insanely scrumptious! teagirl 8 years I am going to try this very, very soon! Fresh mozzarella and pesto are some of my favorite things in the world of food! :) chiefdishwasher 8 years Holy pepperoni! That could turn an Irishman into an Italian lover right now! PartySister 8 years This looks so incredibly delicious, and it IS! I would know - Party made this for me! aimeeb 8 years Amazing! I must make this. sunshinepointe 8 years Jesus that looks fantastic. *eats egg whites and applesauce and cries in a corner* Angelica 8 years OMG, take out the sausage and this calzone is the thing of my dreams!