Making a Classic Calzone

By the time most Fridays roll around, I want an easy meal that I can get on the table quickly, and often times that’s when I make a pizza. Luckily Mr. D. and I love pizza, and we are both pretty adventuresome when it comes to food.  So I have made pizzas with many different toppings;  some traditional and others non-traditional or down-right unusual;  like clean-out-the-fridge-and-use-up-the-leftovers-pizza. Don’t worry, I won’t be posting that one!

My first attempt at making a calzone. Not the traditional shape, but it sure tasted good.

What I want to tell you about today, is how I made a calzone.  It’s sort of like a pizza with the filling wrapped inside the dough.  And just like pizza, you can make any kind of filling you like.  For this one, my first attempt, I used the classic filling of marinara sauce, sliced genoa salami, pepperoni, and mozzarella cheese.  It was bigger than I thought it would be, and I needed a second pair of hands to help me get it onto the baking sheet once it was made.  The smell of it baking was heavenly, and I couldn’t wait to eat it.  I was not disappointed in the least.  With more practice rolling and shaping the dough my future calzones will most likely look more like a calzone should i.e. a half moon shape, but as I frequently say, ” Pretty doesn’t taste any better”, and we both enjoyed it very much.



This is what you need to have ready:

  • olive oil for brushing
  • all-purpose flour for your work surface
  • 1 pound of pizza dough, thawed if frozen
  • 1/3 cup marinara sauce
  • 1/4 pound thinly sliced genoa salami
  • a few slices of pepperoni
  • 6 ounces fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced
  • kosher salt

1.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Brush a rimmed baking sheet with oil, or line with parchment paper.

2.  On a lightly floured work surface, roll dough into a 16 inch circle.  If the dough is “fighting” you, let it rest periodically, then roll some more.  I found it a little difficult to get any where near a perfect circle.

3.  Spread the marinara on the bottom half of the dough, leaving a 1-inch border.  Cover the marinara with slices of salami, then pepperoni and finally the mozzarella cheese.  (So sorry, in my enthusiasm for getting it all rolled up, I forgot to get a photo of it at this stage.)

4.  Fold the top half over the bottom half, pinch the edges together and roll up, pinching to seal as you go.  Brush off any excess flour.

Filled and ready for the oven.

5.  Carefully transfer to baking sheet.  Lightly brush with oil, and sprinkle with Kosher salt.  Bake until golden brown 22 – 25 minutes.

Serve with additional marinara sauce.

Cut into serving size slices and serve with additional marinara sauce to spoon on or dip into.   MMMMMM, good.

SOURCE:  Everyday Food