Thursday, July 23, 2009

Quick Calzones

This really isn't a recipe, but rather an idea for a quick weekday meal. Instead of boring old pizza, I decided to make yummy Calzones. They are just as easy as making a pizza, but I think everything is more fun in a pocket of flaky dough! This is a quick recipe because you can use store bought ingredients to have a hearty and delicious meal on the table in no time! Plus, you can control the amount of each ingredient. So, if you like more sauce (like me!) just add it - more meat (like my husband!) load it up!

I recommed getting your pizza dough from either your favorite pizza parlor, or an italian market. It's always fresh and ready to go. You can freeze the dough for up to 6 months and just defrost it in the fridge overnight before you use it.

Quick Calzones
1 package pre-made pizza dough
1 1/3 cups pizza sauce, plus more for dipping (or more if you like it extra saucy like me!)
2 cups Mozzarella cheese
Pizza toppings: pepperoni, sausage, peppers, onions, chicken, whatever you like!
splash of water (for brushing on the edges to seal)
2 Tbs. olive oil

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Separate your pizza dough into 4 equal parts. Take each part and roll into a circle. Brush the outer edges with water to act as a glue for the Calzone. On only half of the circle, place about 1/3 cup of sauce. Top with your pizza toppings and 1/2 cup of Mozzarella cheese.

Carefully fold over the Calzone to make a pocket. Using a fork, seal the edges. Brush the outside with olive oil. Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet or pizza pan.

Continue making all of your Calzones. Once all are placed on the cookie sheet or pizza pan, bake for 10 minutes or until the crust is golden brown. Serve with extra pizza sauce for dipping!


  1. I love how the melted cheese looks inside that calzone!Really making me hungry :)I'd love to guide our readers to your site if you won't mind.Just add your choice of foodista widget to this post and it's all set to go, Thanks!

  2. Trying this one out on Friday with some leftover dough from a 'winging it' recipe I'm attempting to make- hawaiian pizza with leftover pulled pork from dinner tonight. Any tips?? I am in awe of your awesome talent!!

  3. These were SO easy & incredibly yummy! Thanks for a great simple dinner idea :)