Thursday, April 25, 2013

A New Take on a Calzone: Sausage and Peppers En Croute

What a Great Thursday it's been! We have a Brand New idea for you tonight!
Have you ever has a Calzone? Essentially a folded over pizza, right? It's Pizza with all of the Pizza fixins rolled up inside of it. Well tonight is a Sausage and Pepper Sandwich rolled up in a light and Flaky Pastry!
I had my doubts when trying it at first, but once I bit into it, and tasted the Parmesan Cheese flavored Crispy Crunch on the Pastry...I was in! My thoughts were flying afterward... They can made so many different ways, Imagine making these as appetizers? Your guests will be thrilled. What about switching them up and making them with Polish Sausage, Turkey Sausage, Portuguese, Mexican, Cajun or even Breakfast Sausages! My mind was fluttering with all of the ideas!
I make Sausage and Peppers and freeze them all the time! With Puff Pastry in the freezer too...this baby can be on your table in no time flat, ANYTIME! Give it a try, You will Love it!

Sausage & Peppers En Croute

Sausage and Peppers En Croute:


4-6 Italian Sausage Links
2 Medium Green Peppers (sliced in strips)
1 Large Onion (sliced in strips)
2 tbsp Olive Oil
1 tbsp Garlic (chopped fine)
2 - 3 Tbsp Sun Dried Tomatoes (chopped)
3/4 cup White Wine (may sub chicken stock)
1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
1 - 1.5 cups Mozzarella Cheese (shredded)
1 package Puff Pastry
1 Egg (beaten)
1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese

Preheat oven to 375° f
Place 2 Tbsp Olive Oil into a Shallow baking pan.
Add Sausage, Onions, Peppers, Garlic & Spices to the pan.
As seen here:

Oven Roast Sausage mixture for 40-50 minutes stirring mixture twice during cooking process. Roast until Sausage has color and peppers / onions have become softened & translucent.

This can be prepared ahead of time.

When sausage mixture is done set aside to cool for 30-40 mins.
Remove pastry from refrigerator. Leave on counter per package directions (for 30 mins)

Open package and remove one sheet placing it on a floured surface.
Roll pastry out to a rectangle shape.
Place Mozzarella Cheese on center of pastry in a “row down the center.
Spoon Sausage over the Cheese, leaving a border of pastry around the mixture.
Fold the pastry around the filling to close and encase the sausage and cheese.
Place the “log” of Pastry on a parchment lined baking sheet.
Brush pastry with Beaten Egg and Sprinkle liberally with Grated Parmesan Cheese.

Bake Pastry at 400 degrees for 30-45 minutes until Golden brown.

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