Homemade Calzones

Do you ever just get sick and tired of pizza? I know we do, so on nights when the country kids want pizza but I need a twist, I make calzones. Okay, I guess it is “just” a folded up pizza as my oldest likes to call them, but then again it’s not at the same time.

Traditional calzone from Naples, Italy are made with a salted bread dough and contain meat and cheeses. I don’t normally keep ricotta and pecorino in the house but I do have other traditionally ingredients and of course I add our own twists.

I will admit, when it comes to the pizza dough… sometimes I cheat. If you don’t have a ton of time, I’ll tell you my cheat secret….. I make my dough using a Jiffy Pizza Dough box mix and then just add in extra flour to make it stiffer. Shhh, we all need a short cut once in a while, right?

No matter if you use a dough made from scratch, box, or *gasp* frozen store bought…. you start by dividing the dough up into individual sized balls to make your calzones from. On a floured work surface, roll out the dough into circular shapes. When you transfer the dough to the GREASED cookie sheet, it will loose it’s lovely shape, but that’s okay. You can stretch it back into a shape that you will be able to fold over on itself and have the edges meet and seal. But I am getting ahead of myself!

Once you have your dough on the greased cookie sheet, I start by putting down a little pizza sauce. I know a lot of folks like to dip their calzone in a pizza type sauce, but I just prefer to have it already in there. Why? Let’s see….. less bowls I have to get dirty or maybe it is that I don’t trust my kids not to spill the sauce everywhere! I sprinkle some parmasan cheese on the sauce and then some mozzarella. Next you can let each person decide what they want in their calzone. The men folk around here love meat, while I opt for mushrooms only please. Sprinkle a little more mozzarella or what ever else you would like and then its time to seal these bad boys up! What you put in your calazone is totally up to you!

One important thing to note when making calzones is that you don’t want any holes in your dough. So when you fold the dough over your toppings and pinch the edges together, make sure to look for tears in the dough. If you have any holes, your cheese will ooze out once it starts to bake. I bake mine at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.

This dinner is a great chance to get children in the kitchen. You can press them into service, ummm, I mean teach them skills such as mixing the dough, grating the cheese and actually assembling the calzones. So why not give pizza night at your house a little twist next time. You never know, you might start a new “pizza night” tradition!

16 thoughts on “Homemade Calzones

  1. Looks great! We make a similar meal and everyone loves it… Thank you for sharing such nice pictures of the process. 🙂

  2. I'm sooo hungry right now! I wish I was magic and could bring this picture to life 🙂

    I've never made a calzone, but I'm gonna try now!
    Pinning it!
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. I love pizza so I'm sure I'll love these homemade calzones! They look delicious:)

    Thanks for linking up at the Teach Me Tuesday Linky Party! I hope you can make it again tonight starting @ 9pm est.

  4. I love all of your recipes, and this one is no exception. Looks SO good! Thanks for linking up with "Try a New Recipe Tuesday." I look forward to seeing what you'll share this week. http://our4kiddos.blogspot.com/2014/08/try-new-recipe-tuesday-august-12.html

  5. Thank you so much for sharing with Adorned From Above's Link Party
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

  6. Love calzones! These look delicious! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

  7. We make pizza every Friday night. My oldest son always makes his into a calzone, he loves them. Thanks so much for sharing such a great recipe with us at Simple Lives Thursday; we hope to see you again this week.

  8. Calzones are such a great way to switch up pizza night, not to mention another way to get kiddos helping out in the kitchen! Thanks for stopping by and sharing this on Five Friday Finds! I'm looking forward to what you share this week. 🙂

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