Thursday, June 10, 2010


I love all the offerings a pizza joint has to offer: calzones, subs, oh, and pizza. I also subscribe to Real Food magazine and they had a recipe for meatball and spinach calzones. That's a little too fancy for me. So I used that recipe to make my own.


1 tube of Pillsbury regular crust pizza dough
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
Any additional fillings - I used pepperoni
Pre-made pizza sauce

Preheat oven to 440 degrees. The tube of pizza dough will say 425 and the recipe in the magazine said 450. So I went for somewhere in the middle.

Grease a baking sheet with vegetable oil. Roll out the pizza dough on the baking sheet, spreading out the dough as much as you can. If the dough tears, just patch it back up. Once dough is spread out, cut the dough into at least four sections.

Place toppings on half of each of the sections of dough. Leave a little bit of a border. Top toppings with cheese. Fold the other half of the dough over the cheese and toppings. Crimp the edges together with a fork to seal the dough together. Cut some slits into the top of the dough so steam can escape.

Sprinkle a little bit of salt on top along with some oregano and Parmesan cheese. Bake in the oven for about 18 minutes, until calzones are brown and golden.

Sorry for the ugly looking pizza sauce. It exploded heating up in the microwave.

These babies cooking in the oven made the house smell like a pizza parlor. It was probably the pepperoni baking, but it smelled so yummy! I was salivating waiting for these to finish baking. And when they came out, they did not disappoint!

They looked a little small before putting them in the oven, but they definitely expanded in the oven and came out as good size calzones. Not like those monsters pizza places usually serve you. The crust was nice and tender on the inside and crunchy on the outside. And it tasted just like one you'd get from the pizza place!

You can use any pizza dough available. The recipe in Real Food says to shape the dough into rounds to get the half-moon shape. But hey, square calzones work too. Such a simple recipe. It may take a little time to put the calzones together, but just pop them in the oven, heat up some pre-made pizza sauce and you're done! The wonderful thing about these is that you can customize them to your taste.

Mm-mmm-mmm! Enjoy

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