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These were always on a table at many of our family gatherings. It is the American version of the Calzone. A soft yeast roll stuffed with a delicious mixture of ground beef and cheese. I found this recipe in Taste of Home and it brought back good memories of a stuffed meat pie. Prep time does not include dough rising.
- 2 packages active dry yeast
- 3⁄4 cup warm milk, 110 to 115 degrees f
- 1⁄2 cup warm water (same temperature)
- 1⁄4 cup sugar
- 1⁄4 cup shortening
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon salt or 1 teaspoon seasoning salt
- 3 1⁄2-4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1⁄2 cups ground beef
- 1⁄4 cup chopped onion
- 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
- 8 slices cheese, quartered (American or cheddar)
- In a mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water.
- Let set for 5-10 minutes.
- Add milk, sugar, shortening, egg, salt, and 2 cups of flour.
- Stir in remaining flour until a soft dough forms.
- Turn dough on a floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes.
- Place in a greased bowl, turning to distribute grease.
- Put dough in a warm place.
- Cover first with plastic wrap and then a towel.
- Let set until dough doubles@ 1 hour.
- While dough is resting cook beef mixture.
- Cook beef and onion until beef is browned.
- Drain and stir in tomato sauce.
- Set aside.
- Remove dough and punch down.
- Divide into 16 pieces.
- On a floured surface roll out dough into a five inch circles.
- Put 2 pieces of cheese on cirlces and top with 3 Tbl.
- of beef mixture.
- Fold dough over to make a half circle and pinch edges together to seal.
- Place on a greased baking sheet.
- Cover and let rise in a warm place about 30 minutes.
- Bake at 400 °F for 8-12 minutes or until golden brown.
These are awesome! A friend made them for us for a lunch today and when I compared the recipe its the exact same ingredients. My kids and I all really enjoyed them. My plan for when I make them is to add some canned diced chiles and make them with pepper jack cheese - kinda a chile relleno flavor inside a bun. I'll have to post the results.
I thoroughly enjoy these, for something different! I just used 1 lb of ground beef and it works fine. I have made them a few times now and they are just a fun twist on cheeseburgers. Thanks for posting.