Calzones Any Way

Anything that tastes good on a pizza tastes good in a calzone! I use up whatever we have laying around when making these.

The Dough

  • 2 cups of whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup of all-purpose white flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of fast-acting yeast
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 1/4 cups of lukewarm water

Combine the flours, salt and yeast in a large bowl. Drizzle the olive oil into it and mix with your hands until it looks like wet sand. Stir in the water until it forms a pasty ball.

Knead the ball (I keep it in the bowl while I do this) for 5 minutes or so, until it’s smooth. Cover it with plastic wrap and let it rise for 2 hours or so, until it’s doubled in size.

Once risen, cut the dough into however many calzones you want (the fewer pieces you cut, the larger your calzones will be). On a well floured surface, roll out each piece of dough until it’s flat. Preheat the oven to 450.

Lightly fill (the exact amout will vary depending on the size of your calzones) one half of the calzone, much like a quesadilla. Leave a little room around the edges free so the filling doesn’t spill out while it cooks.

Fold the dough over and use the tines of a fork to seal the edges. Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 5-10 minutes, until the tops are golden.WP_20160527_11_48_03_Pro

Filling Ideas

Peppers and Onion

  • traditional pizza sauce
  • diced up bell peppers and onion (saute in olive oil to soften them up)*
  • mozzarella cheese*

BBQ Black Bean

  • BBQ sauce
  • black beans*
  • sliced red onion*
  • monterrey jack cheese*

Potato and Leek

  • cream sauce (heat a little cream cheese, butter, minced garlic and a pinch of salt until well combined)
  • sliced leeks (saute them first)*
  • thinly sliced potatoes (saute with the leeks)*
  • mozzarella cheese*

Cheesy Ranch Chicken

  • ranch dressing
  • cooked and diced chicken
  • diced tomato*
  • cheddar cheese*

Chicken Fajita

  • salsa
  • cooked and diced chicken
  • diced peppers and onions (saute them first)*
  • cheddar, colby or monterrey jack cheese*

Bacon and Pineapple

  • traditional pizza sauce
  • cooked and crumbled bacon
  • crushed pineapple
  • mozzarella cheese*
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