A calzone is a folded pizza, usually shaped like a half-moon and stuffed with cheese and possibly vegetables, meat, and/or sauce and it can be baked. It is often served with marinara or pizza sauce on the side. Whether it is healthy or not, it depends on how you fill the calzone with vegetables and fresh meat. Here are the steps!
Things You Need!
- Oiled bowl
- Pizza stone or baking sheet
- Rolling pin
Prepare the Dough
The dough used for a calzone is a yeasted bread or pizza dough, so the first step is to prep your dough. Make pizza dough from scratch or use one that is store-bought. You can also use a whole wheat dough, or dough flavored with herbs or other seasonings. No matter what type of dough you choose, let it sit at room temperature for a half-hour to an hour in an oiled bowl loosely covered with a towel.
Prepare the Filling
While you wait for your dough to rise, you can prepare the filling. Classically, calzones are filled with cheese—usually a soft cheese like ricotta—along with mozzarella. Then other fillings are also added. For example, you can use Ham and provolone cheese, broccoli and cheddar cheese, or sausage and pepperoni. After the veggies and/or meats are cooked, mix them together with the cheeses and any seasonings you like. Set aside. Preheat the oven to 500 F. If you’re using a pizza stone, place it in the cold oven and heat it as the oven heats.
Stretch out the Dough and Fill the Calzone
After the dough has risen, punch it down and then divide it into two balls. Place one ball onto a well-floured surface. Stretch or roll the dough out to an oval or circle. It should be about 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch thick and about 10 inches to 12 inches in diameter. Repeat with the other ball. Place half the filling onto one side of each dough round, leaving about 1 inch of space around the edge.
Fold and Seal the Calzone
For each calzone, lift the side of the dough without filling and gently pull it across to the other side, creating a half-moon shape over the filling. With wet hands, press the edges shut, or use a fork to crimp. Place calzones onto a cornmeal-sprinkled baking sheet. If you are using a pizza stone, you can place the calzone onto a pizza peel, which is a shovel-like tool used to slide the pizza in the oven.
Bake and Enjoy
For the healthiest way, you can bake the pizza instead of fry it. Transfer the calzones to a pizza stone with the pizza peel. Or, place the baking sheet into the oven. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until the crust, is golden brown in spots. Remove the calzones from the oven and serve them with your favorite marinara or pizza sauce. Allow cooling time as the stuffing will be very hot.