This is an easy calzone recipe I’m sure you’ll enjoy. Start with a simple calzone dough recipe for that authentic flavor. The calzone filling recipe is in a few parts which consist of an awesome tomato sauce, home made meatballs, sweet Italian sausage, green peppers and onions. If you like calzones (or pizza) you’ll love this delicious and easy to make recipe!
2 cups flour
2 1/4 teas. dry active yeast
1 cup very warm water
1 teas. salt
2 1/2 teas. sugar
2 tbsp. + 1 teas. olive oil
Plus a little bit of flour to roll out your dough
Method: Calzone Dough Recipe
The prep time only takes about 15 to 20 minutes and it’s easy to do.
Stir the yeast into 1 cup very warm water. (Tap water that is “almost” at it’s hottest will do, you want it about 180 degrees) Let it sit for about 10 minutes or so stir once or twice to dissolve the yeast.
After the yeast has dissolved you can add the oil to it and stir.
Pour your liquid into the flour mixture and stir until it forms a ball. You’ll know it’s ready when you have basically a ball of dough in a “clean” bowl.
Sprinkle a little of that extra flour onto a clean smooth surface and roll the dough out onto it. Sprinkle the top with a little more flour. Knead the dough for a few minutes until you have a nice smooth ball.
Note: What I like to do at this point is rinse out the bowl I just used and dry it. I’ll use it to let the dough rise, why waste another bowl 🙂
Coat the inside of the bowl with a thin coating of oil and place your dough ball inside. Drizzle a little more oil over the top and brush it so that the entire ball has a thin coating of oil. This keeps it from drying out.
Cover the bowl with a piece of plastic wrap or damp towel and place it somewhere on your counter where it’s out of the way. This whole process only takes about 15 to 20 minutes.
Use a dough knife to scoop up any excess flour, transfer to a small bowl and set aside for later use (we’ll get to that a little later).
Let it rise until it’s at least doubled in size (a little more is fine). This will take anywhere from 2 to 4 hours depending on how warm the room is. The warmer it is the faster it will rise so while that’s rising lets move on to the calzone filling recipe, or should I say “pizza toppings”.
Note: If you like you can skip making your own dough and buy it. You can usually find “tubes” of pizza dough where you find pre-made cookie dough and biscuits. “You’ll want to shape all of the dough you buy into a ball to follow the steps below.” I recommend making your own though, it’s better and cheaper.
Ingredients: Tomato Sauce (Pizza Sauce)
1 15oz. can tomato sauce
1/4 cup water
1 tbsp. dry oregano
1/4 teas. garlic powder
1/4 teas. salt
1/4 teas. pepper
1/2 teas. ground fennel
2 1/2 teas. sugar
Method: Tomato Sauce (Pizza Sauce)
This is so simple! Add everything to a bowl and stir well. Cover and set aside. That’s it! You’ll want to stir it every little while though while you’re waiting for the dough to rise. On to the meat.
Ingredients: Meatballs (Prep) And Italian Sausage
1/2 teas. salt
1/4 teas. pepper
1/4 teas. garlic powder
1/2 teas. onion powder
1/2 teas. dry oregano
1/2 teas. dry parsley
1/2 teas. dry basil
2 tbsp. breadcrumbs
You’ll also need 1/2lb. of Italian sausage (not part of the meatball recipe)
Method: Meatballs (Prep)
To make the meatballs:
Grab yourself a regular teaspoon and scoop up a little bit of your meat ball mix.
Continue with the rest of the meatball mix.
(If you buy Italian sausage “links”, remove the meat from the casing first and then use the above directions).
Bake the meatballs in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 12-15 minutes, remove and cool. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
You’ll need about 1/2 of a green pepper and 1/2 an onion.
Last you will need about 16 ounces of shredded mozzarella cheese.
Now to put it all together.
Ingredients: Calzone Recipe
both kinds of meatballs (cooked)
1/2 green pepper (sliced)
1/2 onion (sliced)
16oz. mozzarella cheese (grated)
1 egg (beaten)
2 tbsp. water
Optional: grated parmesan cheese to sprinkle over top
Method: Calzone Recipe
Turn out your risen dough onto a clean flat surface. Sprinkle with a little bit of flour and knead it a few times. Roll it into a loaf shape and cut into 8 equal pieces and set aside all but one piece.
Note: If you find it difficult to get a perfect circle you can place a plate on top of your rolled out dough and trim any excess dough off with a knife. Roll all of the leftover dough back into a ball an reuse it for your last calzone, it there is enough.
Add your ingredients in this order:
Spoon on a little sauce on the lower half leaving about 1/2in. at the edge.
Sprinkle a thin layer of cheese.
Place some green peppers and onions in another thin layer.
Add a few meatballs. You might want to break them in half.
Add another thin layer of cheese.
Place a few pieces of your sausage next.
Sprinkle on a little more cheese.
Spoon some sauce over top.
Brush egg wash around the bottom edge.
Fold the top over and crimp down the edges, a fork works great for this.
Using a thin spatula, Carefully transfer your finished calzone to a cookie sheet. Go slow here, you don’t want to tear the uncooked dough.
Brush a little egg wash on top and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
Continue this same process with the rest of the calzones. You will probably have to add a little more flour before rolling out each piece of dough to prevent it from sticking to your surface.
When you are on your last calzone preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
Place your calzones into your oven and bake for about 20 to 25 minutes or until they’re golden brown.
Remove from oven and let them cool for about 5-7 minutes and then transfer to your plates and serve your delicious calzones. Careful, they’ll be really hot inside 🙂
You’re going to love these calzones and they’re really not that hard to make. The calzone dough recipe is very simple to make and all of the fillings can be made in the time it takes for the dough to rise. I hope you will treat yourself, family and friends to this recipe! Enjoy and Happy Cooking!