Easy Calzones make for a fun lunch or dinner. A calzone is like a stuffed pizza pocket, filled with all the classic toppings – meat, cheese, and your choice of sauce wrapped in Pizza Dough.
Prep a handful of these to have on hand throughout the week. They reheat really well and are perfect for packing work or school lunch.
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Hi there! My name is Natalya and I run the blog Momsdish. If you already follow me, you know I can’t get enough of easy meals that require simple ingredients. This recipe is no different. Trust me, you’re going to love this homemade calzone recipe.
What is a Calzone?
Calzones are Italian turnovers that are stuffed with an array of ingredients. Pretty much anything that goes on a pizza can go into a calzone.
The fillings are placed on one half of the circular shaped pizza dough. The dough is then folded over, pinched and sealed, coated with an egg wash or olive oil, and baked in the oven until golden brown.
What is the Difference Between Calzones and Stromboli?
If you love calzones, you have probably tried its close cousin, stromboli. Stromboli vs Calzone – what sets them apart? Although both have similar ingredients, the way they are sealed is different. Calzones are pinched and sealed like empanadas and are handheld, while a stromboli is rolled up and sliced.
If you’re in a pinch, grab any store-bought pizza dough to make your calzone. If you want to elevate your home cooking game, make your own pizza dough.
As you’re rolling your dough out, pay special attention to the thickness. You want to make sure that the dough is thick enough to hold all the toppings and be folded over without breaking. ¼-inch thickness is the sweet spot.
Here are some different variations for you. Mix-and-match your ingredients to make the perfect calzone for your tastebuds:
- Cheese – Mozzarella, parmesan, sharp cheddar, feta and goat cheese.
- Meats – Salami, pepperoni, Canadian bacon, ham, bacon, chicken, Italian sausage, steak strips or meatballs.
- Veggies – Mushrooms, bell peppers, pepperoncini, marinated artichokes, spinach and red onions.
- Sauce – Use a red pizza sauce or white sauce.
- Dip – Each your calzone plain or dip your calzone in a little homemade marinara or ranch.
How to Make Calzones
Calzones at home are super easy. The best part about calzones is everyone can customize their own. Gather a ton of ingredients, lay them out and let your friends and family go at it! Follow these simple instructions to nail it every time:
- Divide pre-made pizza dough into equal portions and roll into a circle.
- On one half of the dough, spread all of your selected ingredients.
- Fold over and tightly crimp the edges.
- Cut air vents, brush with oil and sprinkle on parmesan. Bake at 475F for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.
For Larger or Smaller Calzones: Baking time may need to be adjusted based on the size of your Calzone.
To Freeze: Once you have prepared your calzones, you can freeze them while they are raw or cooked. Either way, place them on a baking sheet and allow them to completely freeze in a single layer. Then, store them in an airtight container or freezer-safe plastic bag.
To Reheat: Thaw frozen calzones in the refrigerator for 3 hours, or add more cooking time if heating from frozen. Bake raw calzones according to recipe instructions. Bake cooked calzones for half the time or until they are heated through.
Other Quick Lunch Recipes
- Reuben Sandwich – with a wonderful homemade Russian dressing.
- Philly Cheesesteak – A timeless sandwich with tender beef and cheese.
- Fish Tacos – Nothing says party like fresh, fish tacos drizzled in a tangy aioli.
- Costco Chicken Bake – A copycat recipe for the famous chicken bake.
- Pizza Rolls – A kid’s favorite and fun twist on making pizza.
Easy Calzone Recipe
- Preheat the oven to 475 °F. Line the baking sheet with parchment paper or spray it with oil.
- Divide the dough into 8 equally sized pieces. Roll each piece into a 1/4" thick circle.
- Place the filling on half of each circle (pizza sauce, ricotta, pepperoni, salami and shredded mozzarella). Make sure to leave the edges clean to allow for sealing the calzone. Fold the side over the filling and crimp the edges.
- Place calzones on a baking sheet, leaving space apart. Cut a small vent on the top of each calzone. Brush the tops with oil and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
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