A calzone resembles a turn-over and is also very similar to an inside-out pizza. Tomato sauce is served on the side to dip the pieces of calzone. Calzones are made with a pizza dough crust and then stuffed with cheese, meat and vegetables. Anything that is put onto a pizza can be added to a calzone. Typical cheeses found inside a calzone are mozzarella and ricotta. Meats to include are ham, salami, pepperoni, sausage and meatballs. Certainly any combination would work as well. Vegetables usually included are onions, green peppers, mushrooms and tomatoes. The possibilities are endless.
Things You'll Need
1 pizza dough (you can purchase pizza dough from your favorite pizza restaurant, grocery or make your own)
1 jar of spaghetti sauce
2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
2 cups of ricotta cheese
Meat and vegetables to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large baking sheet
All purpose flour
Making a calzone
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
Take 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil and lightly coat the baking sheet.
On a well-floured surface, roll out the pizza dough into two small rounds which should look like small pizzas.
Place half the mozzarella cheese and ricotta cheese onto one round. Be certain to place the cheese toward the center of the round and away from the edges. Repeat placing the cheese in the same manner for the second calzone.
Decide which meats and vegetables to place into the calzones. There are endless possibilities, which makes calzone-making fun.
Fold the calzone in half, making a crescent shape. Pinch the edges closed using your fingers. Next, use a fork by pressing it into the edges to create a tight seal and crimp a pretty shape. Repeat the same sealing process for the second calzone.
Place the calzones onto the oiled baking sheet. Brush the calzones with the remaining 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil. Sprinkle with parsley flakes to create a nice presentation.
Bake the calzones in the oven until golden brown and crispy, approximately 20-30 minutes.
Serve the calzone warm with spaghetti sauce on the side.
To be sure your calzone seals tightly, you can use a little bit of water on one of the edges to create a sticky bond. Why not have a calzone party? Invite several friends over and have different toppings in bowls. They can make their own calzones, and you can all have fun in the kitchen.
Always use caution with hot ovens.