This recipe is SUPER easy. Jon has made them before and I know Graham will love making them with me when he gets older. The idea came from a friend who loves to make pizza and decided to put a twist on it, and I threw together the ingredients I like to make it happen. That’s the beauty of calzones – you can put whatever you want in them and they’ll taste great! The leftovers are really good too!
Can of store bought pizza dough
1 1/4 cups mozzarella
1/4 cup ricotta (leave this out and they magically become stromboli instead!)
1/4 cup Parmesan
Italian seasoning (about 1/2 Tbsp) and pepper (about 1/4 Tbsp) to taste
1 cup marinara sauce
Your favorite pizza toppings (I like pepperoni, peppers, and onions, so I’ve included them in the instructions, but do whatever you like!)
Preheat oven to 400° and spray a pizza pan or baking sheet with cooking spray.
Combine the cheeses, pepper and Italian seasoning in a bowl.
Open the can of dough onto the pan and slice into 4 equalish rectangles. Spread each one out individually with your hands (assembling each one at a time will allow enough space on your pan). Line with pepperoni and thinly sliced onions and peppers. Leave at least 1/4 inch around the edges so you can stretch and seal them later. Spoon 1/4 of the cheese mixture on top.
Fold the dough over itself lengthwise in half and seal. It’s easiest if you roll the edges up and press them down.
Repeat until all four are assembled. Then pour a bit of olive oil on your fingers and rub on the outside of each calzone (or use a pastry brush if you have one). Bake for 10-15 minutes until the bottom is golden (the top doesn’t get as dark, so check the bottom at 10 minutes and adjust from there). Allow to cool a few minutes, then serve with your favorite marinara sauce for dipping!
If you decide to make the recipe, be sure you let me know what you think in the comments below or tweet me @ MomExploresORL!