May 20, 2015

Easy Pizza Calzone | Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Event

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This recipe and post was created on behalf of Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry.  All opinions are my own.  Thank you for supporting the brands that help make Domestic Fashionista possible!

Last week I had the privilege of attending the most beautiful backyard barbecue party.  It was full of pretty flowers, flaky crusts, and lovely and smart bloggers.  No complaints here.

Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry put on the most darling summer party.  And with any good party, there was plenty of pie!  The decor was sweet and whimsical.  It definitely inspired me for upcoming summer festivities in my home.

It is always fun to attend events where other bloggers are present.  We all sit behind our phones and cameras, occasionally coming up to chat or eat!  But really, it is so fun to talk with other women who get. my. life.  They are funny and sweet and totally understand quiet moments to send off a photo to Instagram.

And this table?  A dream.  It is exactly what I am looking for in a backyard dining table.  Must. find. immediately.

As for the food, these little fruit tarts were not only adorable, but perfectly sweet and summery.  I loved the idea of making bite sized desserts for an outdoor barbecue or party.  The whole make, put out, and then enjoy your guests thing is the type of entertaining I am striving for lately.  And with Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry these little tarts are perfect all year around and not just for the holidays!

While Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry is often affiliated with desserts, my favorite from the day were actually these shells filled with chicken salad.  The flaky cup combined with the savory flavors and crunch of the chicken salad were absolute perfection!  I could eat these all day long.

Each table setting was full of detail.  I loved having a welcoming place to sit at.  As one who does a lot of entertaining, I am not often on the receiving end of such attention to detail.  It was a reminder that creating a beautiful space to eat and talk around really means a lot.

The drinks were equally as adorable as everything else.  I really need to get some simple crates to elevate my food stations.

Before we ate we got to hear all about Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry and some of their recipe ideas.  I learned that the dough is made up of the same ingredients that are found in pie pastry but it is folded to create multiple flaky delicious layers!  When they are baked, the steam makes them rise eight times higher!  Yum!

The entire food spread was just lovely.  Picture perfect but also lick your fingers good!  Since I love to entertain, I am always looking for quick and easy recipes that are also beautiful.  Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry is a great way to take an event from ordinary to extraordinary!  Little bit sized foods are always a hit when guests can enjoy taking a little bite of everything!

Seeing some of my lovely foodie friends is also just icing on the Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry!  Here I am pictured with Karen/The Food Charlatan, Amy/Very Culinary, and Dorothy/Crazy For Crust.  I feel so lucky to have gotten to know these local bloggers over the past few years.  And when you hang with food bloggers, you know there is always good food nearby!

And here are a few more shots from Green Vintage Photography.

Now onto the calzone recipe!

Using Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry, I wanted to come up with a recipe that could be both used in the everyday dinner rotation but also yummy enough to be a great entertaining food.  Personal sized calzones seemed like a no brainer.  They make Friday night pizza night extra fancy while also can be used as a great appetizer or finger food.  The flaky crust really makes the meal feel upgraded from regular pizza dough.

Easy Pizza Calzone

This recipe calls for one box of Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Sheets which will make six mini calzones.  You can find the sheets and the shells in the grocery freezer section.

Thaw Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Sheets according to box instructions.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Prepare calzones by separating sheets and reserving half for the top of the calzones.  I made two different kinds, creating three calzones in each combination.  If you want all the calzones to be the same, double the ingredient list I have below.

Divide ingredients amongst the bottom halves of the calzone.

Pepperoni Calzones:
1/2 cup tomato/pizza sauce
1/4 cup mozarella cheese
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
6 slices of pepperoni chopped
1 clove of garlic chopped

Garlic and Chicken Calzones:
1/2 cup olive oil
1-2 cooked chicken tenderloin
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1/4 cup mozarella cheese
1/2 cup spinach
1 clove of garlic chopped

Top each bottom with another sheet of Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry.  Pinch edges with a fork to seal.

Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

These are so crumbly and savory that they are sure to impress.  Plus it would be super fun to create a calzone bar where each person can pick the toppings for their individual serving.  I look forward to including more Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry into my everyday meals and entertaining!  Think how good these would be with a little jam and powdered sugar?!!!  The options are endless!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry.

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