Perfect Homemade Calzone

As a fun addition to our financial posts, we thought we’d share one of our favorite recipes with you. Please enjoy!

This recipe is originally from Squidoo. The original recipe can be found here.

I wanted to make something to take on the road, but the contents of the refrigerator were saying PIZZA. Hmmm… pizza is not so portable. Then I remembered CALZONE!

Calzone is basically the same as pizza but with a much prettier appearance. If you want to impress your family, make your regular pizza into a calzone, and watch them “ooh and ahh.” And since the filling is inside instead of on top, it’s easier to take on the road! Voila!

Roll pizza dough into a rectangle the length of your baking sheet. It can be wider than the sheet because you will be folding the sides in. Place the dough on the baking sheet and let the sides hang off.

Put sauce on the center half of the dough.

Just like pizza, add your toppings (our favorites are pepperoni, olives, and mushrooms). Calzones can be a good way to use up leftovers. Any small amounts of meat, cheese and vegetables can be put into the calzone.

The add cheese.
Now comes the special part. Cut the dough on the sides at about 3/4 inch intervals. Don’t cut all the way to the filling.
Then “wrap the baby.” (That’s what my friend said it looked like when I showed her how to make this recipe!) Start at the bottom and alternating sides, overlap the strips of dough onto the filling in a lattice pattern. You can stretch the pieces to fit all the way over the filling.
Here is the calzone ready to bake. Bake your calzone at 375° F (190° C) for about 25-30 minutes.