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I am a slacker.

My taxes still aren’t filed.

I had planned on working on 4 new recipes yesterday, cleaning all of my bathrooms, and hoped to get a grasp on my overflowing email inbox.  And then I noticed the date.  And I had a mini anxiety attack, realizing that I only had a few days to get my taxes done.

So instead of all of the things on my list that I needed to get done, I worked on taxes.  Amidst taking care of children.  It was quite the day.

And when the day was coming to a close, all I wanted was a simple dinner.  Nothing too fussy, and nothing that I’d have to fight my kids to eat.  Oh, how I wish I would have had some pizza dough in my fridge, and these would have been on the dinner table!!

I’ve been hitting the recipe jackpot lately – at least according to my husband.  There have been a couple of things that he has just raved up and down about – these sandwiches being one of them.  Almost like a calzone, this stuffed pizza bread is easy, family friendly, and quite adaptable.  Fill it with your favorite things.  The original recipe also had sliced turkey, but when I opened my turkey, it didn’t smell all that fresh, so I opted to leave it out.  But my husband was over the moon with these.

What is your favorite go-to meal when you’ve had a crazy day?

Pack-It-In Pizza Heros
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Change up pizza night by turning your pizza into a sandwich!! These heros are filled with pepperoni, mushrooms and cheese, and pack a ton of flavor!
Serves: 4 servings
  • 1 pound pizza dough, quartered
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
  • 1 pound crimini mushrooms, sliced
  • salt and pepper
  • 8 oz thinly sliced pepperoni
  • 8 oz mozzarella, shredded
  • 8 slices swiss cheese
  • marinara sauce, for serving
  1. Lightly flour a work surface. Form each piece of dough into a rounded mound. Cover with a kitchen towel and let it rest for 20 minutes. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the ¼ cup of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook until browned, about 7 minutes. Salt to taste.
  3. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Working with one piece of dough at a time, roll the dough into a 7x8-inch rectangle. With the long end facing you, arrange one-quarter of the pepperoni down the center of the dough. Leave a 1-inch border on the short sides. Layer one quarter of the mushrooms on top, followed by one quarter of the mozzarella. Lay 2 slices of the swiss cheese on top, folding in half if needed.
  4. Staring with the side farthest from you, stretch the dough over the top of the filling, coming half way over the filling. Repeat with the side closest to you, bringing that side over to just overlap the first side. Press the edges all the way around together to seal. Transfer, seam side down, to the baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough and filling ingredients.
  5. Brush the tops of the dough with a little bit of extra virgin olive oil and bake until browned, about 20-25 minutes. Let cool for 20 minutes. Slice each hero in half crosswise, and serve with marinara sauce for dipping.
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  7. adapted from Every Day with Rachael Ray January/February 2012

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8 Responses to Saturdays with Rachael Ray – Pack-It-In Pizza Heros

  1. Kim Bee says:

    This looks wonderful. You should pop by and make it and do my taxes too. Total slacker over here.

  2. Elaine says:

    Looks yummy and easy! I always enjoy the Saturdays with Rachael Ray 🙂

  3. Joanne says:

    I had my dad do my taxes for me…and honestly. I would have rather not have had them done given the amount of money I had to pay. Sigh.

    This dinner does sound quite delicious though! Glad you stumbled upon it.

  4. Taylor says:

    I love when I’m on a roll with good recipes! These look awesome….I know my fiance would love them!

  5. Simply Tia says:

    These look and sound incredibly scrumptious!

  6. I love how adaptable this is, although I do love your toppings as is. I might just add some bell peppers and be set!

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