Homemade Cheesy Italian Calzone Pizza

August 5, 2021

Know how to make these Italian Calzone hot pocket pastries packed with soft and cheesy awesomeness of mozzarella and crunchy bites of veggies that are both delicious and satisfying!

Italian Calzones are individual pizzas wrapped with nourishment and healthful stuffing. There will be no sagging cheese or floppy crusts. It is made with pizza-like ingredients but is still different from a pizza. Pizza dough is used to make calzones; these are then stuffed with mozzarella and ricotta cheese.

Pure delectability encased in a cushiony dough. Though a calzone is similar to a stromboli, it is always folded into a curved form before being baked. Unlike strombolis, which are typically rolled or curled into a rectangular or cylindrical shape. A Calzone is always rolled into a crescent shape. Have you tried making them yet? Follow this recipe to get a taste of the smooth, cheesy Italian Calzones.

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Taste Score: %80
Difficulty Medium
Servings 4 people
Preparation 30 mins
Cooking 15 mins
Total 45 mins

Tips

  • Use homemade pizza dough or ready-made dough.
  • Use mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese together. This will add extra flavor to the recipe. You can also opt for ricotta cheese.
  • Instead of reducing the size of the recipe, make the dough that you do not use and store it in the freezer. Thaw the dough whenever you want and leave it at room temperature. You can store the remaining dough in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Before cooking, brush with olive oil to make the outside of the Calzone pizza more crispy.
  • Let the calzone cool for a few minutes before slicing the pizza.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Firstly, to make the dough follow the steps in the pizza dough recipe.
  2. After preparing the dough, divide the Calzone pizza dough into several parts, and roll one by one into a 12” circle with ⅓” of thickness.
  3. Use cheese, pepperoni, vegetables, meat, ham, and basil leaves to form the filling. Brown the sausage over medium-high heat, breaking it up with a wooden spoon as it cooks. Continue to simmer until the peppers and onions are soft. Season with salt and pepper before removing.
  4. Spoon some amount of fillings over the rolled dough, sprinkle with some cheese, olives, and some more desired cheese to make it softer.
  5. The next step is to fold the dough to form a crescent. On the edges of the make tiny holes with the help of a fork.
  6. Cut 3-4 slits to enable steam to escape. Brush the dough with egg wash and season with salt, pepper, and some more cheese.
  7. Bake until the texture is golden-brown, which will hardly take 15-20 minutes. Allow 10 minutes for resting. Cut in half and serve with tomato sauce or a mustard dip.

Pizza Dough Recipe

Pizza Dough

Pizza Dough Ingredients

Pizza Dough Directions

  • Melt sugar and yeast in warm water.
  • Add olive oil, eggs, and salt.
  • Slowly add flour and mix.
  • Knead the dough until it is soft and does not stick to the hand.
  • In a bowl, leave the dough for 30 minutes to ferment.
  • Spread flour on a large tray, divide it into 6 equal parts and place them on the tray with some distance in between. Keep in mind that the doughs will become larger as they ferment.
  • Cover the tray with plastic wrap and let it rest for 4 hours to ferment again.
  • Your pizza dough is ready, you can make delicious pizzas by adding your favorite toppings.
  • Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size 1 Homemade Calzone
    Serves 4
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories720
    % Daily Value*
    Protein 32 g64%
    Sodium 1800 mg78.3%
    Total Fat 42 g53.8%
    Cholesterol 140 mg46.7%
    Potassium 333 mg7.1%
    *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

    What Is A Calzone?

    Calzone is an underappreciated Italian delicacy that is typically characterized as a folded pizza or a turnover pizza. Calzones are a type of Italian pizza that originated in Naples in the 18th century and are popular because they are a handy meal, and can be your go-to snack. It is famous for its half-moon crescent form. These calzones are stuffed with delectable fillings like ham, salami, mozzarella, some crunchy veggies, ricotta, eggs, and some generous amount of pecorino and parmesan cheese.

    Calzones originated from Italy in the form of crescent pastry. Their components are similar but not the same as pizza and are thus also called calzone pizza. Calzone consists of pizza dough with a variety of stuffing, including minced meat, crunchy and colorful veggies, hams, sausages, and loads of mozzarella cheese. Olive oil, tomato sauce, garlic, and seafood sauce are preferred with the Italian calzone.

    Calzones are crescent-shaped pastries that dawned in Italy, filled with a variety of ingredients such as cheese, vegetables, chilies, olives, mushrooms, and minced meat, which makes every bite a flavorful blast.

    Calzone, also termed calzone pizza, is generally prepared on a grill using a pizza baking stone to give it a fluffy, golden-brown texture. If desired, the Italian Calzone can be garnished with some mozzarella cheese, marinara sauce, tomato sauce, or spaghetti sauce.

    To fancy your calzone like a pizza, you can top it up with some pizza toppings, like olives, onions, oregano, and peppers, with loads of grated mozzarella. These calzones can be prepared in two different versions. The Fried version, which is generally filled with tomato and mozzarella, is prepared in Puglia and is known as Panzerotti. The Sweet versions, which are smaller and cookie-sized, are an authentic delicacy in Italy's Marche area.

    Why Is It Called A Calzone?

    Calzone, also known as a turnover with leavened dough, is an Italian oven-baked pizza with delicious ingredients, such as cheese, wrapped in a rolled dough. Even though the origin of the Calzone is unknown, the term comes from the Italian word "calza," which means "stocking" or the coverings.

    Is A Calzone Just A Folded Pizza?

    These Calzones are made with ingredients that are similar to those used in pizza hut stuffed differently. The calzone is made using pizza dough, and the toppings are wrapped within the calzone, unlike on pizza, the toppings are placed on the outside.

    What's The Difference Between A Calzone And A Stromboli?

    Calzones are usually wrapped into a crescent form, unlike strombolis, which are often rolled or coiled into a rectangular or cylindrical shape.

    Is Calzone Dough The Same As Pizza?

    Italian Calzone is also termed as a Calzone pizza because almost every ingredient is similarly used in both the recipes but differently. The dough used for pizza and calzone is almost the same; there is no observable difference.

    What To Serve With Calzone?

    Here are our some delicious recipes you can serve with Calzone Pizza:

    How To Reheat A Calzone?

    To maintain the taste and the crunchiness of the veggies the Calzone should be reheated in an oven or a microwave. Reheating a calzone in the oven also ensures that it is evenly heated so it won't be biting into chilly areas and boiling patches.

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