Cast Iron Skillet Recipe: Calzone

This cast iron skillet calzone is delicious. It's a versatile, quick and easy meal that comes together in no time, and is bursting with cheesy, comforting flavor. It's the perfect weeknight dinner to have in your repertoire.

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Things You'll Need

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1/2 small onion, chopped

  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano

  • 1 pound (450 grams) ground beef

  • 1 cup marinara sauce

  • 1 pound (450 grams) fresh pizza dough, or frozen pizza dough thawed

  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded

  • 1 cup finely chopped vegetables, e.g. peppers, zucchini, mushrooms

  • 1 small egg, lightly beaten for the egg wash

  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated

  • Salt and pepper

  • Fresh herbs for garnishing (optional)

Step 1: Cook the Filling

Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (200 degrees Celsius).

In a large cast iron skillet, heat the oil until warm and shining. Add the onion, garlic and oregano. Cook, stirring often, until translucent for about 5 minutes.

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Add the ground beef and cook until browned, a further 5 minutes. Make sure to use a wooden spoon to break up the meat as it cooks. Stir in the marinara sauce and vegetables. Season with a little salt and pepper.

Remove the mixture from the skillet and place it into a separate bowl. Wipe out the skillet with a paper towel. Set aside.

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Step 2: Roll Out the Dough

Divide the pizza dough in half and set it onto a lightly floured work surface. Roll each half of the dough out and into a rough circle, a few inches larger in size than the skillet you are using.

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Step 3: Assemble the Calzone

Place one of the dough circles into the base of the skillet, making sure to gently press around the sides and into the edges.

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Sprinkle half of the mozzarella cheese over the dough. Top with filling, then sprinkle over the remaining mozzarella cheese. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper.

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Place the remaining dough circle over the top of the skillet. Pinch and roll the edges of the dough halves together to seal. Brush the top with a little of the egg wash, then sprinkle over the parmesan cheese. Use a knife to slice a small vent into the top crust.

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Step 4: Bake

Bake the calzone for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown, fragrant, and the filling is bubbling.

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Step 5: Serve & Enjoy

Remove from the oven and let it stand for 10 minutes before garnishing with fresh herbs, slicing, and serving.

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