Last night, I was at Trader Joe’s and was suddenly inspired to make calzones. We have purchased their pre-made pizza dough many times over the years just to make pizza. But I was in the mood for calzones! Today’s recipe is actually more of a simple idea, because there’s not much cooking or prep involved here. But make no mistake about it: these calzones are delicious and were a big hit last night! So consider adding them to your menu line-up this week.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 2 packages of pre-made pizza dough (Trader Joe’s and WinCo carry these)
- 8 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded
- pizza toppings (I used pepperoni, onions, olives, peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, and garlic)
- pizza sauce, for dipping
Start by preheating your oven. I set mine to 425°, but make sure to follow the instructions on your pizza dough.
I took my pizza dough out of the bags and let it rest for 20 minutes on a lightly floured surface.
Now you can fill your calzone with whatever ingredients suit your fancy. I decided to pack mine full of veggies! While my dough rested, I decided to sauté them up a bit, to soften and flavor them.
I just threw the onions and peppers in a small pan with some olive oil, salt, and pepper for a couple minutes. Then I added the olives, garlic, and sun-dried tomatoes and cooked for a minute or so more and removed from heat.
Next, I divided up my dough! Now I wanted really large calzones, so I divided each ball of dough into two. This yielded 4 large calzones. You could also divide them into 3 or 4 parts each for smaller calzones, depending on folks’ appetites!
Next it’s time to assemble! Roll out each dough ball into a circle. Layer your toppings on one half of the circle, leaving the edges clear. I put pepperoni down first, then a scoop of veggies, and lastly, the cheese. Then, seal it up using a fork and add a couple of slots (if desired).
I baked mine on cookie sheets lined with foil for about 18 minutes, but checked for doneness after 15. Your cook time may vary depending on the size of your calzone and the number of ingredients you’re using. I’d check yours at about 15 minutes, sooner if you’re making smaller calzones. Once done, watch out! They will be hot! Serve with pizza sauce for dipping on the side.
These calzones were so huge, we ended up cutting them in half! As you can tell from the photo above, they were super cheesy (and delicious!).
Like this recipe? I have a couple others similar to it you might want to consider:
Mini Calzones (great school lunch idea as they are freezer-friendly!)