What do you make when you have all the fixings for pizza but want something other than a standard pizza?
Calzones! Fast, fresh, and easy. Possibilities are endless.
Refrigerated pizza crust (I used Trader Joe’s whole wheat)
Sauce of your choice (pizza, pesto, salsa, etc.)
Fixings (meat, veggies, cheese)
Fresh herbs (basil, oregano)
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees; spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray.
2. Roll out dough into 4 thin ovals/circles.
3. Spread sauce, sprinkle herbs, add ingredients.
4. Fold together ends to make a pocket; pinch ends together.
5. Place on the cookie sheet.
6. Cut a few slits/air vents in the calzone.
7. Lightly brush the top of each calzone with olive oil.
8. Bake for 15 minutes.
A little trick to add extra protein–I mixed a small amount of cottage cheese into the pizza sauce.
My dad makes tasty home-made pizza and focaccia bread and uses the Dei Fratelli pizza sauce. I found it at my local grocery store, stocked up, and used it in the calzones. Wow – this is fresh and flavorful sauce! I’m going to be on the hunt for more of their products.
And this cooking post wouldn’t be complete without a cameo from my favorite kitchen helper who was on high alert in front of the oven.
I hope you’ll try making calzones–these are certainly going to be added to my regular kitchen repertoire!
Oh my gosh YUM! I love calzones but I’ve never made my own!
So easy! You have to try them. I’m thinking of even an apple-pie calzone…That would be a treat!
those are beautiful little packets of goodness!
Indeed! I think the exciting thing is that the ingredient combinations are endless!
I’m doing Pizza Night tonight with my little sister and a ball of whole wheat dough. My mom’s put me in charge of tricking her into eating better this summer and I think that make your own pizza (or calzone) nights are a great way to do that! Last night, we did tacos with spinach and tomatoes (getting her to eat any veggies is a feat in itself!) I like this calzone trick, especially, b/c it hides the innards in cheese and yummy sauce!
Did you make the calzones?!
I’ve never made a homemade calzone, only pizza. That’s something I’d like to try! I love making mine at home because I can overload it with veggies 🙂
My roommate and I use braided calzones as our standard “let’s try and impress our houseguests” food. SO good. And SO easy!
Yum! I’ve never made calzones but I totally should…yours look really good!
Calzones are fun!! I made taco ones once with like an avocado cream. Definitely a fave of Kevin’s!!!