My family has been begging me for calzones for months. My son keeps asking if we can order them, and while my husband has occasionally ordered them when we get take-out, I see no reason to pay money for someone else to make them. Generally they are pizza crust and cheese. It’s not that hard. Today I want to share with you just how easy it is to make homemade calzones.
10 Easy Steps to Homemade Calzone
- Start with my easy pizza crust recipe or buy pizza crust pre-made. I made up a batch last Thursday and only used a little so I stuck it in the fridge and pulled it out to warm and rise for a few hours today. If you make the dough fresh, set it on the back of the stove and turn the oven on to have dough ready in about 30 minutes. Easy dinner, happy family.
- Pre-heat the oven to 450.
- Divide dough into sections. I divide mine into 5, making smaller ones for the kids and I and a larger 1 for my husband. My pizza crust makes 5 perfect sized calzones.
- Grease a cookie sheet. I use olive oil.
- Flatten each ball of dough out to approximately 1/4 inch thick circles or “kind of circles”. I use 2-3 cookie sheets. 2 are usually enough but I was in a hurry and didn’t space properly tonight. The kids and husband had to get out the door for basketball/cheer practice.
- Add a handful of your favorite cheeses and any other fillings you would like inside to half the dough. I use parmesan, cheddar, and mozzarella for the kids and my husband and add a little goat’s cheese to the same blend for mine.
- Fold dough over top the filling and press edges shut. I fold the sealed part over top about 1/2 inch and crimp the edges lightly by pinching every inch or so.
- Add your favorite herbs or spice. I add oregano and crushed red pepper.
- Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly brown.
- Serve with your favorite sauce. I love to use Rose Romano’s Italian Pepper Topping.
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