The Versatile Calzone

"Meal in a pizza crust. I love to make a huge batch of these with 3-4 different fillings, freeze them, and pack a few in the husband's lunch. The pizza crust is one my mom has used for years, and the fillings come from playing around with my favorite things to eat."
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12 calzones




  • Dough: Mix together water, yeast, 4 cups wheat flour, salt, and oil.
  • Add white flour until you have a dough that follows the spoons around the bowl but still sticks to the sides of the bowl. Let dough rise to double (about an hour), punch down, and shape. I don't let mine rise again once I've shaped it, but it does some rising of its own as it cooks.
  • Fillings: Ooooh, just have fun!
  • Depending on the filling, top calzones for the last 5 minutes of baking with: egg wash, honey glaze, extra cheese.
  • Also, make extra liquid parts when you make the fillings and freeze along with the calzones for a dipping sauce.
  • Be sure to wrap with a paper towel when reheating in the microwave.
  • (reheating in toaster oven is preferable.).
  • Cook calzones at 300°F for 30 minutes.
  • These can be frozen before or after cooking. When cooking a raw, frozen calzone, cook for 50 minutes at 300°F.

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  1. Chef Mom x3
    Great recipe! My husband was in the field and I needed a meal I could serve him and the other guys that could be eaten with one hand. The crust on these calzones tastes great! Just a few helpful hints... use lots of flour when rolling so it doesn't stick. I cut back on the white flour that I put in the dough so that I could add more while I was rolling. I added some italian seasoning to the dough as well. Also, I only used water to seal the edges and then crimped with a fork. I used a sausage pizza type filling as well as pepperoni. Tasted great and husband was happy to have something other than sandwiches or pizza while planting! Can't wait to try other filling ideas! Thank you!
  2. Herb-Cat
    Very tasty crust! We kneaded it for ten minutes before letting it rise the first time. This made eight meal sized calzones! I have six in the freezer for quick lunches. I hope they freeze well!
  3. anne in apex
    We really enjoyed this crust, and we made up our own filling. I roasted a large pan of red peppers, zucchini, yellow squash, onion, eggplant and mushrooms. I used this for the filling, along with about 1T of tomato sauce, some garlic chips, red pepper flakes, Italian seasoning, and a good handful of mozzarella cheese. Next time I might add the Italian seasoning in the crust, but otherwise it was just right. I made half a recipe, and I plan to assemble a couple more to put in the freezer uncooked, for quick dinners. Thanks Annie H!
  4. Bekah
    This was quite good. Our filling was hamburger, black olives, cheese and pizza sauce. I can't wait to try the chicken one! The recipe did confuse me a bit, because I thought the dough should rise some. So after consulting some zaar friends, I mixed the dough, let it rise until doubled, then punched it down, rolled into about a 9 inch circle, filled them up, and sealed with a egg wash before crimping together. Wonderful! Thanks!
  5. ElleFirebrand
    These were okay. I found them a bit doughy. I made the asparagus one which was actually pretty bland. I also modified the chicken one to use garlic-herb cheese and a red pepper/eggplant sauce. Good, but not spectacular. Maybe I should've tried other fillings.


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