Making Calzone

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Calzone, the perfect stuffed pizza folded over and baked, usually made as an individual serving and stuffed to perfection with various meats, vegetables and cheese, it’s the ultimate pizza pocket!
Start out with a pound of pizza dough, you can make your own or buy a good one, cut it into 4 equal pieces then let it rest to room temperature covered with a towel.
While your dough is resting you can get your filling ready, I like to use roasted veggies, always some spicy Italian sausage, precooked and sliced and a few different cheeses like fresh mozzarella, asiago and ricotta.
Oh, and some pretty green spinach and usually fresh basil I mix in with the ricotta.
Assemble your calzone with the ingredients of your choice, I made a vegetarian version and a meat one. Load your filling down the middle, not quite to the end, leaving some room for crimping. Take the top of the dough and fold it right over the filling to resemble a half moon, then crimp the edges.
Have your oven preheated to 400 degrees, then place the calzone on a baking sheet that has been brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with dry polenta or corn meal, doing this will ensure a nice crispy crust, and we like a nice crispy crust don’t we?
Make sure to brush the uncooked dough with olive oil, a little cracked pepper and a sprinkling of grated cheese before baking.

Bake for around 30 minutes or until a rich golden color develops. Warning!  Your house will smell amazing!

For my veggie version before each bite I swiped my calzone in some olive oil and balsamic glaze, crazy good!
The meat version was draped with warmed homemade marinara, the perfect companion.
Now go and make some calzone!

Buon Appetito

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  1. mamma mia! looks great! complimenti!

  2. I love calzone, but where can I find your recipe please? thank you

  3. Those look so good!

  4. FANTASTIC photos, Marie!! They make my mouth water & I honestly think I can almost taste them. I never thought to use roasted veggies…duh? The flavor has to be awesome. I can’t wait to try some of these, but a trip to the grocery store is in order first & we are in the middle of a snowstorm. Darn! I’ll have to wait!

    Sending this link on to my Vegan sis, who will love you for these (sans sausage, of course)

    grateful hugs for all you share,

  5. Going to have to make this! YUM!

  6. I have to admit, I have never made a calzone, although I have made many, many pizzas. But your lovely photos, Marie, have enticed me to give it a try!

  7. OMG you’ve done again!

  8. I have always wanted to make these, and have been seriously thinking of what I want to make. You just posted a gorgeous pictorial, so now I can just jump in and do it. Love this.

  9. My father always said that pizza is not a meal because the ratio of cheese to crust is not satisfying. A calzone, however, THAT’S a meal. I think sometimes I do love these even more than pizza. My favorite combo is sausage and broccoli or sausage and fried eggplant (dipped in marinara of course). Yours look a bit better for me though!

  10. In Lebanon we have a similar pastry but I would most definitely reach out for these in a second!

  11. When I was in high school and living with my bff’s fam, calzones were our guilty pleasure. This brought back a really good food memory, so thank you!

  12. My husband loves the traditional ricotta cheese and mozzarella calzone the best, but my vote is for your roasted vegetable version, Marie!

  13. Delicious looking calzone. I am used to just the plain ricotta and cheese filling, but I will have to try some new ones. xo

  14. This looks amazing!

  15. What a wonderful post! All those fresh ingredients and vibrant colors just make this dish so beautiful!!

    I am so pleased to have met another proud Italian cook!! Blessings, Catherine xo

  16. I’ve been dieing to try this and you’ve made it sound so easy. Thanks for the lesson

  17. If I could reach through the screen, I’d grab one of each. You always tempt me Marie.

  18. These look great! I love the swipe through the olive oil and balsamic glaze for the veggie version. Wishing this could be my lunch.

  19. ok, it’s only 8:30 in the morning but I want this right now.

  20. During the days leading up to Easter, my family goes to work making calzones. Saving this – the roasted vegetables are one huge smile.

  21. Beautiful, I know what I’m making for dinner tonight 🙂

  22. They look good, you need smell-0-vision on your blog!

  23. My son Marco really loves calzone, this one looks tasty and “Very italian “, brava!

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