Monday, April 24, 2017

How To Make Homemade Calzones

It is so easy to make calzones at home. By using an easy dough recipe, I will share how to make homemade calzones. You can fill them with so many custom fillings that suit your taste. This meal is a frugal family meal but a real favorite.

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How To Make Homemade Calzones

1. Gather what you want inside. You will need a cheese. We usually use mozzarella but you can switch this up as you change your fillings. One family favorite we make is roast beef, sliced provolone and bell peppers. Decide if you want sauce. I suggest if you are not going to add pasta sauce that you brush some olive oil as you fill your calzone.
    Ideas: Pepperoni, Italian sausage, roast beef, BBQ chicken. Just make sure all meat is pre-cooked. Veggies are great in calzones, We like mushrooms and bell peppers as well as pepperoncinis.

2. At least an hour before you are ready to roll out and assemble the calzones, you will need to get your dough put together so it has time to rise. We use this recipe here: homemade pizza dough
Once you mix it, cover and set somewhere warm to let it rise. I cover the bowl with plastic wrap and then set in the unheated oven.

3. Once dough has risen, flour your surface and break the dough into 3-4 even segments. Also, preheat your oven to 375. We like to make a couple different kinds to satisfy everyone. Roll a piece of the dough into an even circle until the dough is roughly 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch thick. Place your toppings onto half leaving just a bit of space up to the end. Add sauce first or a bit of olive oil if you are going sauce free.

4. Fold over and crimp the sides with the the tines of a fork to secure your calzone and the filling doesn't ooze out. Brush with a whisked raw egg. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper if you have it or a generous sprinkle of corn meal.

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5. Bake in your preheated 375 degree oven for 20-30 minutes depending on the size of your calzones. When the tops are a rich golden brown they are done. Let them sit for just a couple of minutes if you can resist then slice open with a large knife.


  1. We ate a light dinner and seeing those makes me hungry!

  2. These look fantastic!! I love a good cheese calzone with lots of ricotta, and sauce for dipping - yummmmmm!!

  3. Thank you! I'll have to try these...I've always loved your recipes in the past.