So, after searching high and low on Pinterest, my boyfriend and I found our FAVORITE recipe! Calzones! I don’t know if you guys have ever had a calzone before, but it is like a pizza burrito… What is better than that?!
So, first, we gather our ingredients:
- Pillsbury Pizza Dough – I have tried to use the store brand, I don’t feel as though the quality is as good as the Pillsbury brand, so that’s what I recommend!
- Pizza Sauce – we use Prego, but any brand works!
- Pepperoni – in addition to whatever other fillings you would like to use, peppers, mushrooms, ham, pineapple, etc.
- Pizza cheese
- Melted butter
- Italian seasoning and grated parmesan cheese – I use this to top my calzones. It gives them an extra bit of flavor which is just great.
Step one: Crack open those doughs and lay them out on some foil – I use foil specifically for easier clean up and because the dough releases nicely from the foil when your calzone is all packed with it’s ingredients.
Step two: Cut your dough. First, cut two slits in your dough at the bottom and the top. The distance between these two slits will be the width of your calzone. Then, cut slits in your dough up each side at an angle, you want about one inch slices between each cut. I use a pizza cutter for mine, but I’m sure a knife would work fine as well.
Step three: Apply your sauce. I use about three tablespoons per calzone. However, my boyfriend and I love extra sauce on our calzones. For two calzones, I typically use about half of the jar. Make sure that you adapt your recipe for how much pizza sauce you like! Don’t forget that you don’t have to use pizza sauce, you can just put it on the side and dip your calzone!
Step four: Pack up your calzone. Put in all of your ‘toppings’, we only use pepperoni. However, I personally like my topping below the cheese. During my brief employment at Little Caesars, my manager always told us that when you put the toppings under the cheese, they have a better flavor.
Step five: Add your cheese, as I stated before we use the blended ‘Pizza’ cheese from Kroger. We enjoy using it for our calzones and pizzas.
Step six: If you wish, add some more toppings on top of your cheese, I always do an extra row of pepperoni. This step is optional.
Step seven: Start to fold up your calzone. Starting with the bottom part (closest to you). Fold that piece up into the calzone. From there you want to start ‘braiding’ the calzone. Start with one piece (on either side) fold it toward the middle. After that, take a piece from the opposite side and fold that one toward the middle. When you get to the top (about two side pieces down) fold down your top flap into the calzone.
Step eight: Continue until you have ‘braided’ your whole calzone.
Step nine: Pick up your calzone. I find it easiest to start from the bottom, peel your calzone from the foil and move it to your baking stone or baking sheet.
Step ten: Melt your butter. Melt a butter of your choosing in the microwave, then brush that onto your calzone.
Step eleven: Top your calzone with shaker parmesan cheese and ‘Italian’ seasoning
Step twelve: Throw your calzone in the oven. Make sure to follow the dough’s baking instructions on the container. I did use a Whole Wheat crust which suggested that you pre-bake it, however, I did not pre-bake it (that’s what happens when you read the instructions for cooking the dough after you finish your calzone). It didn’t make a difference though, thankfully. The Pillsbury doughs suggest that you cook them at 425 degrees (I believe). I cook my calzones for about 20-25 minutes. The baking time truly depends on if your dough is cooking through on the bottom. An easy way to check that is to use a spatula and to lift up one end of the calzone. A way that you will be able to tell if it is done is by seeing if the bottom is sagging, and the dough still looks raw, or if it is nice and crackly when you peel that one end up.
Step thirteen: Take your calzones out of the oven, cut them up and enjoy! We truly hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
So, does this sound good to you guys? If you try out the recipe, please make sure you let us know, we would love to hear your feedback!