How to make a calzone you may wonder? Well I have written this post to show you how! These Easy Calzones are customizable to whatever you want to stuff them with. Whatever you choose will turn out great!
This is an Easy Calzones Recipe that is made with just a handful of tasty ingredients! This homemade calzones recipe is perfect for a “make your own calzone bar” for a crowd or kids party!
Easy Calzones are another “mommy” recipe and now a favorite of my husband who squeals like a pig when he knows it is calzone night. They are a kid friendly cooking experience that allow each family member to make their own unique creation.
I find that individuals enjoy what they are eating when they have a sense of accomplishment and take pride in their food. And gosh darn it, who doesn’t like calzones?
Set up all stuffing options along the side of the dough and allow each person to make their own calzone. I use small airtight containers so that I can easily pop the top on and clean up after everyone is done creating their masterpiece. There are two ways to uniquely identify them.
Either soak toothpicks in water and stick in the top in a unique shape or number, or slide just under. For example, dad’s calzone has three toothpicks, mom’s has two.
Or you can make fun designs hashed on the top to allow the steam to release. Just make sure they aren’t too ornate or big or else your stuffing will come bubbling out during the cooking process.
I often get asked what the difference is between calzones versus stromboli and the easy answer is very little. Both are pizza dough stuffed with cheese and marinara sauce, but stromboli is generally rolled into a log shape and then sliced, while calzones are folded in half to a semi-circle or triangle shape.
You can even break out your pizza stone. And lastly, have fun creating your Easy Calzones. Put on some fun music and have a family dance party while you are at it.
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Tools for making this Easy Calzones Recipe:
Pizza Stone – for more than just pizza! Reheating anything with a crispy crust or baking bread. I like the rectangular ones, but round works too.
Rolling Mat– For rolling out any dough or cookies or just protecting your counters and work space!
- 1 tablespoon corn meal
- 1 tube refrigerated pizza dough
- 2 cups marinara sauce
- 2 links of Italian turkey sausage cooked and crumbled, mild or spicy
- 1/2 cup turkey pepperoni slices cut into quarters
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
- 1/3 cup diced green bell pepper
- 1/3 cup diced red onion
- 1 small can of drained mushrooms stems and pieces, cut
- 1 small can of black olives drained
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 egg yolk whisked
- Parmesan Reggiano cheese grated
- Heat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare pizza stone or baking sheet by dusting with cornmeal.
- Roll out pizza dough to approximately 18x12 inches. It does not have to be exact.
- Sprinkle the Italian seasoning and the garlic powder over the dough. Allow each family member or guest to build their own calzone by placing stuffers in the corner of one square of dough about 1/2 inch in. Top each with 1 tablespoon of mozzarella cheese (not too much) and a tablespoon of marinara sauce.
- Fold dough over the tops and pinch together the seams. Using a very sharp knife, cut three one inch slits in the tops to allow the steam to escape. If you have holes, patch them using excess dough from corners.
- Whisk egg yolk with a sprinkle of water and brush over the tops. Sprinkle with additional Italian seasoning.
- Bake for 14-18 minutes, or until tops are lightly browned.
- Heat remaining marinara sauce for dipping.
- Remove calzones from oven and allow to sit for 3-5 minutes before serving. Top with marinara sauce and Parmesan Reggiano cheese. Crushed red pepper is optional for all you spice lovers!
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