Homemade Calzone

Wrapped up Pizza

Calzone is a close cousin to pizza; you could even call it wrapped up pizza because the filling is encased in the delicious dough rather than sitting on top.

Want to impress your family? Need a handy food, easy to eat at a picnic or party? Calzone fits the bill. Cut it into slices, and it can be eaten with your hands!

Here are step by step directions with photos for making large, homemade calzones.

Step by Step Calzone Tutorial

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.

Then 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.

This is what it looks like when all the cuts are made.

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.

Uh oh... don't do what I did. Now how in the world do I get this huge thing onto a baking sheet? I knew there was something I was forgetting!!

For the second one, I remembered to start with my rectangle of dough ON a baking sheet. That makes cutting the dough a bit harder, but I used my handy kitchen scissors.

By the way, the same dough wrapping technique can be used for sweet fillings too. See my apricot coffeecake for an example.

Kitchen Scissors

An indispensable tool for a cook, the kitchen scissors are specially made for cutting foods and to stand up under repeated washings.

Wusthof 5558-1 Come-Apart Kitchen Shears
Wusthof 5558-1 Come-Apart Kitchen Shears

These scissors are tough for the hardest cutting jobs but easy to clean. A unique design enables you to take the scissors totally apart and clean them thoroughly!


The Calzone -- Baked, Cooled, and Ready to Eat

After baking your calzone, remove it to a wire rack to cool.

Aren't they beautiful? And the whole house smells like a pizzeria!

I use a recipe from allrecipes.com.

Once it's cool, you can cut the calzone into slices.

All the goodies are sealed inside the bread. Portable pizza!

Triple Tiered Cooling Rack

This triple tiered wire rack will save space in the kitchen! Stack three times the normal amount of baked goods in only a small amount of counter space.

Nifty Home Products Triple-Tier Cooling Rack
Nifty Home Products Triple-Tier Cooling Rack

Collapsible for easy storage

Non-stick coated for easy cleanup

Mesh wire design cools the smallest cookies and candies

Cool three square feet of baked goods using only one square foot of counter space

Sturdy design holds the heaviest of baked goods - up to three pies on all tiers


Pizza Dough Recipe

For each calzone you make, you'll need one batch of dough. Click HERE for a printable PDF recipe card.

2 1/2 to 3 cups flour (can use a combination of white and whole wheat if you prefer)

1 tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 package (2 1/4 teaspoons) yeast

3 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil

1 cup very warm water

Combine yeast, sugar, 1 cup of the flour, and salt in a large bowl. Add the warm water and oil and mix. Stir in remaining flour slowly until dough is soft but not sticky. Knead until smooth. Let the dough rest for at least 30 minutes before making the calzone.

Do you have a Unique and Beautiful Recipe Card Box to store your pizza dough recipe card?

Pizza: Calzone & Focaccia - cookbook

Want more recipes? Here is a cookbook devoted to Pizza, calzones, and focaccia!

Pizza: Calzone & Focaccia
Pizza: Calzone & Focaccia

Pizza is everyone's favorite Italian food. Create delicious pizzas, calzones, and focaccias with Maxine Clark's authentic recipes.


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ssuthep 7 years ago

Wow! This is one great recipe lens on how to make Calzone. Wonderful and easy to follow instructions. Thanks for sharing. Rated and Blessed.

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clouda9 lm 7 years ago

This is gorgeous and so very encouraging! :)

anonymous 7 years ago

I love the braided look! I keep meaning to try to make a calzone, now I know which recipe I will use :)

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debnet 7 years ago from England

I am so hungry right now and now I know what I want... Calzone!!!! Off to make some dough :)) I love the way the pics help explain the process.

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Janet2221 7 years ago

I love how you wrapped the calzone. Very fancy! We'll, at least for me. ;)

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ZenandChic 7 years ago

Great lens! Looks so delicious!

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OhMe 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

Oh me! This looks delicious. I love the step by step photos. Wonderful recipe lens.

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Rich-H 7 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

This looks delicious. Will have to try it myself :) 5*s.

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Wendy L Henderson 7 years ago from PA

This looks just yummy!

anonymous 7 years ago

oh looks sooooo good, now im hungry.....great lens, great job with the pictures, 5*s

jaye3000 7 years ago

We used to make these at a former job, they're great...in moderation lol. You did a great job of going through the steps, and it looks yummy! 5 stars

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TreasuresBrenda 7 years ago from Canada

Very nicely done & blessed; I laughed with you when you reached the uh-oh moment.

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anonymous 7 years ago

Great pics and instructions Jimmie - good enough to eat and certainly good enough to Bless ;) Hmm, I wonder if you can make it with wheat free flour?

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PromptWriter 7 years ago from Eastern Ontario

Wow, that's a fabulous tutorial and so much more fun that regular pizza.

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AlisonMeacham 7 years ago

I really like the pictures and step by step instructions. Blessings to you

QueSea 7 years ago

Fancy! I love it. Now let's see where's my apron?....

anonymous 7 years ago

I love making these, they're also great with mustard, ham, and cheese if you're in the mood for a hot sandwich, or ham, pineapple, provolone and sour cream with itallian seasoning and garlic salt....anyway, what I was going to say is, roll it out on parchment, foil or wax paper, solves the moving and cutting issues (just use 2 spatulas to help transfer it) that way you can preheat your stone or baking sheet and get a super crisp crust.

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Swisstoons 7 years ago from Michigan

This was sweet torture. :P.........

That's me drooling. At the very least, I think I will be phoning out for calzones this evening.

Favoriting and lensrolling to my food related lens.

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hlkljgk 7 years ago from Western Mass

oooo, these look delicious. i had no idea they were that easy

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groovyfind 7 years ago from Columbia Mo

Oh I have to try these, Thanks!

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TonyPayne 7 years ago from Southampton, UK

Mmmm this looks do good I can almost smell it. I love Calzone, and this is just one awesome lens. 5***** well deserved.

anonymous 7 years ago

It doesn't say for how long to cook at and at what temperature - I MUST make these tonight!

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bird-man 7 years ago

I grew up in NY and have not found a calzone in the portland vancouver area that I can say mmmmm to. Great lens. need to try

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nightbear lm 7 years ago

What a yummy lense, How did I miss this one. I love love love your pcitures. I'll be making this. My husband loves them. Great Job Jimmie!

MartinPrestovic 6 years ago

Thanks for the calzone wrapping tip. I will try this when I get a chance. Last I remember making calzone, it was an awful mess. I didn't wrap it right and was too thin, the filling came out of its side.

anonymous 6 years ago

the wrapping came out perfect on the second try. Thanks for the tip! It tasted delicious too.

tssfacts 6 years ago

Yummy, yummy. I prefer calzone over pizza. I have never attempted to make my own before, but your article makes me think that I can do it!

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RhondaAlbom 6 years ago from New Zealand

Wow, this looks great. I love how you wrapped it. It doesn't look very difficult to do, but what a fantastic effect.

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WriterBuzz 6 years ago

Your lens is great. Very informative. I liked your lens with a thumbs up.

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SusanDeppner 6 years ago from Arkansas USA

Awesome pictures, yummy recipe!

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cooldiet 6 years ago

Bravo! I am going to eat my monitor! Awesome!

poutine 6 years ago

It sure looks good from your pictures.

Something I have tried from a take out food outlet but never made.

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Janet2221 6 years ago

That looks so delicious! I haven't had calzone in awhile...think it is time to get me some. :)

anonymous 6 years ago

Awesome lens! Now I'm hungry and really want a calzone

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clouda9 lm 6 years ago

My Angel Blessing is SWAH :)

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Ramkitten2000 6 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

Yum! This isn't on my diet ... but I can look and imagine.

anonymous 6 years ago

Very tasty looking. This is definitely one for my recipe collection!. Thanks.

anonymous 5 years ago

I don't think you could get a more mouth watering picture than the one above the guest book! I loved your little comment on not doing what you just did, cute. I've never had a Calzone but I sure wish I had one right now, that picture is amazing and paints a thousand taste buds happy.

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nightbear lm 5 years ago

I'm so glad I could come back with wings. Blessed from the Squid Angel April Fools Tour Bus.

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clouda9 lm 5 years ago

This lens is featured on Over 101 Words That Describe Food (http://www.squidoo.com/food-vocabulary) for the word cheesy. Feel free to submit another sentence or two, the form is at the bottom of the lens ;)

Country1969 5 years ago

Makes me hungry. Once in a blue moon we get a stromboli. But with Calzones you can do the same. Build your own, great for individuals with different fillings. Steak and Cheese, ham,cheese and onions. So many options to choose from.

RecipePublishing 5 years ago

This looked great!

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laki2lav 5 years ago

i'm bookmarking this page. it looks awesome

anonymous 5 years ago

I just made one using canned pizza dough from the refrigerated grocery case and it turned out amazing. I have always wanted a way to easily make calzones, and now I can make multiples customized with ease. Thank you.

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Paul Ward 5 years ago from Liverpool, England

I make calzone with tinned tuna and mixed seafood - a few mussels, bits of squid, any robust odds and ends really. Angel Blessed.

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Violin-Student 5 years ago

Really enjoyed this lens. Thank you. As far as transferring items like this to a baking sheet. For some reason I don't like using the baking sheet to make bread loves, crusts, and the like. I frequently make my bread on a cutting board, then slide it onto a baking sheet. What about parchment paper on the counter, then slide the whole thing onto the baking sheet? Just some thoughts.

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JackieBlock 5 years ago from SE Michigan

These look so good! I want one right now! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

Wow! Now that is a recipe lens!! Looks delicious!

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aka-rms 5 years ago from USA

We call these Stromboli where I come from. Calzones only have cheese and sometimes ham. What ever it's called it looks delicious!

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Violin-Student 5 years ago

@Paul Ward: Squid?!?!?! No!!!!! Say it ain't so!!!!

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Mary Crowther 5 years ago from Havre de Grace

All I can say is YUM!

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Violin-Student 5 years ago

@Violin-Student: I made this tonight. I have never used a store-bought refrigerated pizza dough before. Boy was I disappointed! The dough was simply a biscuit dough, and was quite hard to work with. I won't make that mistake again. But even my 15-year old daughter liked the results.

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bames24 lm 5 years ago

making me drool :)

stephanieelizabeth 5 years ago

That is so cute!

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cheech1981 5 years ago

that looks awesome...i love baking pizza but haven't done calzones...didn't realize they got folded like that

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thailandecotour 5 years ago

looks yummy.. thx for sharing

anonymous 5 years ago

Making this tonight! I added a butter and garlic/herb sauce on the top (brushed with a pastry brush) and it's yum!

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Marigold Tortelli 5 years ago

I love calzones. This looks really good.

anonymous 5 years ago

Wow!!! This is definitely a must try for me. I'm drooling, lol!!

anonymous 5 years ago

use a sharp pizza cutter to cut the dough, works like a charm. I use it any time I need to cut dough .

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Rhidawn 5 years ago

Mmmm looks delicious!

anonymous 5 years ago

add 1/2 a teaspoon of garlic powder to the dough and it adds the perfect taste to the dough! This is now a favorite in this house. Thank you!

anonymous 5 years ago

great steps you showed, thanks for taking the time and putting a good lens together, 'thumbs up' from this reader.

sulemankhan 5 years ago

Very nice instructional lense, I tried this last week and I loved it. Thanks.

aquarian_insight 5 years ago

I've wanted to attempt making calzone for my Italian partner for some time now, but cooking for an Italian can be a somewhat daunting prospect! However, you've done such a great job with this lens, I think I may just have to give it a go! Thank you.

HuntAndFishGuides 5 years ago

That is one HUGE calzone! I'm going to give this a try, but half the size of yours. =D

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WayneDave LM 5 years ago

This is great. I've only ever had one calzone and it was gorgeous. I've gotta try your recipe! Thanks a lot for sharing this.

Pie_Designs 5 years ago

Thank you..this is awesome. I have to try this

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nigel7725 5 years ago

Thanks for your Homemade Calzone recipe with us...yummy

anonymous 5 years ago

Great recipes and technique! I can't wait to try making a calzone. It's making me hungry for one, now! You could always prepare it on a piece of parchment paper, making it easy to transfer to your baking sheet.

anonymous 5 years ago

Great recipes and technique! I can't wait to try making a calzone. It's making me hungry for one, now! You could always prepare it on a piece of parchment paper, making it easy to transfer to your baking sheet.

anonymous 5 years ago

My boyfriend and I made 3 of these last night for a home date night. We used premade wheat dough from wegmans- they turned out great! I love the way they look with the crisscross on top. We are going to have leftovers all weekend! We made breadsticks and buffalo chicken bites (http://sweetpeaskitchen.com/2011/09/24/buffalo-chi... to go with it. Too bad we forgot the blue cheese and celery! :(

anonymous 5 years ago

I have never heard of this before but because I love home-made pizza's, I am going to give this a go from what I read it sound really delicious.

anonymous 5 years ago

Great recipe, thanks!

madhu2219 5 years ago

yummy article!!.. loved it

anonymous 5 years ago

I saw this on pintrest and decided that this is going to be dinner sometime this week! Do you think this would easily feed 4 people (2 of them hungry boys)?

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Tamara14 5 years ago from Zagreb, Croatia, Europe

Just irresistible! Blessed~

anonymous 5 years ago

That looks great, going to have to try this.

You could make it all on baking paper or silcone mat, then there's no worries about how to transfer it to a baking pan. Will leave you with a clean pan after cooking.

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TEAhug 5 years ago

Yup, gotta give it a try. Great work on this lens

greenearthy 5 years ago

This recipe looks so yummy and easy gonna give it a try

anonymous 5 years ago

1) I prepared on parchment paper on my counter which made transferring it to the baking sheet super easy. 2) easy on the sauce or it will leak out in a saucy cheesy mess (but was still good to eat). 3) Another commenter mentioned adding garlic to the dough...sounds good! I felt like mine was missing some spice or kick, even though I added pizza spices. 4) I topped mine with a drizzle of olive oil and parmesan - a sprinkle of garlic salt may have been good here, too

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lbrummer 5 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

Just one word needed. Yummy!!

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queenofduvetcover 5 years ago

Love calzone and love this lens! Thanks =)

anonymous 5 years ago

a SILPAT mat works great....

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Mariajomith 5 years ago from pa

you just made me really hungry!!!

anonymous 5 years ago

Yum Yum

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MoonMaa 5 years ago

That looks so delicious! Very well presented.

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PlethoraReader 5 years ago from Silicon Valley

You make this look easy! Can't wait to try it. Thank you for sharing

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whodiesinthenew 5 years ago

Looks easy and delicious!

HarukaMingle 5 years ago

I just made one following the guide, but I better need more practice! ^^||| Happy Squidooing!

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TheNupps 5 years ago

Calzones are delish! Thanks for this!

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Deadicated LM 5 years ago

Calzones are a close cousin to Pizza Rustica too; some of the best calzones IMHO are the ones that are fried, you don't really see that much anymore. Back-in-the-day of the Feast of San Gennaro and the Giglio Feast in East Harlem they would fry them in garbage cans (new, clean garbage cans of course).

Edutopia 5 years ago

This looks amazingly delicious and I can't wait to try the recipe out for myself. Great lens, I'm getting hungry just looking at it.

jjrb230 5 years ago

Looks delicious, anybody who loves pizza (Almost everybody) will love this

anonymous 5 years ago

I love calzone. Yum..I have made it, but could use your tips. This is a really nice lens. Thank you.

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Annamadagan 5 years ago

Mmmm! I love calzone! (ham and cheese is my fave!)

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JohnMichael2 5 years ago

i do like the technique of the folding of the strips, it makes it easier to seal - thanks and a great lens!

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MartieG 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

This looks really yummy. Good photos and instructionstoo! thanks

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nyclittleitaly 5 years ago

Great lens but i like my calzone fried.

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LornsA178 5 years ago

Looks good! Yummy! Good recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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Africanos 5 years ago

I just love pizza and calzone.If people didn't know they would think im italian :)

Mom_Answers 5 years ago

Looks wonderful, thanks for sharing this recipe.

anonymous 5 years ago

This is soooo easy and quick to make!! Great idea for the new year party!! Thanks for sharing!

hillsb 5 years ago

Man that thing looks good.

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Linda Pogue 5 years ago from Missouri

Yum! Calzones are delicious! Thanks for sharing. Blessings!

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Jessica Holbrook 5 years ago from Southern Indiana

Oh my, these are making me soooo hungry. I'm definitely going to pick up ingredients at the store today.

healthylivingideas 5 years ago

I used to get these from a Turkish pizza shop when I lived in the city and loved them. Now I live in the country and nowhere to get them so thanks for the recipe, will definitely give it a try.

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Country-Sunshine 5 years ago from Texas

Wow! Looks great! I'm going to have to try this.

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MaryQuinlin 5 years ago

Looks great--good instructions, too, and I'm looking forward to my first attempt at making a calzone

anonymous 5 years ago

I just made this & it turned out awesome. Used my breadmaker to make the dough & subbed almost a cup of ground flax seeds for the flour. It's an awesome idea that I'll be using again for sure - thank you for a keeper!!

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bharat01 5 years ago

It is really very yummyyyy, and mouth is watering too, i am going to have this......;)

anonymous 5 years ago

I totally forgot to add something - I rolled the dough out on the countertop but put my silpat (silicone baking sheet) under it and that allowed me to transfer the calzone to my baking sheet very easily!

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armidabooks 5 years ago

looks absolutely delicious!

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greenmind 5 years ago

I am hungry now! Loved this lens -- good-looking and well-written.

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CuAllaidh 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

fantastic, I love the lattice work you did with the cutting the strips in the dough, I hadn't considered doing that.

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MillBucks 5 years ago

Wow, I'm so hungry now after viewing this lens! My favorite food has always been quality Calzone's.Nice work in giving me an excuse to run out and get me one!

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hankmolini 5 years ago

This is the BEST calzone recipe I have seen, I will definitely give this a try, thanks!

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TransplantedSoul 5 years ago

These Calzone's look like works of art! b.t.w. - you hit on one of my secrets - the often overlooked kitchen utensil "Scissors". These are especially good when you travel with small children and need to help them cut their food.

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Brite-Ideas 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

These are amazing, and so simple, must try it! (found you on pinterest, and repinned to my food board so I can try this myself)

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dustytoes 5 years ago

I found this on Pinterest ;) and I make something similar called stromboli. Your recipe looks yummy.

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IYenForZen 5 years ago

OMG! Looks yummy! I am definitely going to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing.

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SquidooPower 5 years ago

The calzone is just about my favorite food.

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RhondaAlbom 5 years ago from New Zealand

I have to try these homemade calzones! Congrats on so many pins - wow :)

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VBright 5 years ago

Now I'm hungry. lol. GREAT lens, and great instructions! Blessed

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cocktailsexaminer 5 years ago

This is exactly what I was looking for! Great pictures!

BradKamer 5 years ago

Nice looking calzone. You make it look so easy. Thanks for sharing this.

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IngridA1 5 years ago

This looks yummy! Now I'm going to have to try it...great lens btw!!

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bushaex 5 years ago from Ohio

Thanks for some great inspiration for eating creatively.

anonymous 5 years ago

We call that Stromboli. A Calzone has ricotta cheese in it and no sauce. You cut it open after it's baked and pour in the sauce. But that sure does look delicious!!!

anonymous 5 years ago

@anonymous: Actually, the Calzones I grew eating near Chicago were a lot like this (just a different shape). The sauce and lots of mozzerella cheese are on the inside but then a little extra sauce on the side for dipping. Although the version you talked about with ricotta cheese inside sounds Sooooo yummy too.

athena2011 5 years ago

Very delicious lens. Made me feel hungry. Most importantly I think I can actually makes these for my family so thanks for that. The recipe and process are very simple. Squidliked.

anonymous 5 years ago

I really like the step by step instructions and the images. Great lens.

ptnjust007 5 years ago

Very delicious lens.

anonymous 5 years ago

Super, the dough is resting now so tonight I will give it a try. In stead of Sugar try the same amount of Honey, that's a trick of my Mom

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ronaldpakasi 5 years ago

Yummy lens! My tummy is rumbling now! :D

bullyingstatistics 5 years ago

I tried this recipe this afternoon, and my kids loved it! Thanks a lot!

anonymous 5 years ago

trying this tonight using frozen bread dough as the crust. Sure was fun to make! It's in the oven now!

anonymous 5 years ago

Absolutely yummy....

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aliciamaggie54 4 years ago

Sounds good:)

rhadoo7 4 years ago

Whenever I see calzone, I think about that episode of Seinfeld when the boss of George was really enjoying eating calzone :)

poutine 4 years ago

Love that stuff....

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VeseliDan 4 years ago

It really sounds delicious! Can't wait to try it out!

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goo2eyes lm 4 years ago

i always order calzone in pizzerias. my husband buys another pizza and when half has been eaten, we switch plates. isn't that romantic? i make calzone pizza too but i just fold it in the middle and fold the rims around to close it. thank you for sharing the recipes and blessings.

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Rangoon House 4 years ago from Australia

This is such a brilliant step-by-step recipe. I can't wait to sample this - such a shame we have just finished dinner!

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Rangoon House 4 years ago from Australia

Not sure if I should be blessing food! but this looks so delicious - Blessed!

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Senora M 4 years ago

I found this on pinterest. About to make it for lunch. Thanks for the recipe. Sounds great!

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MelonyVaughan 4 years ago

Yummy! I love how elegant the wrapping makes this version of calzone look!

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TimotheusQ 4 years ago

When I was in boy scouts we used to always have cooking competitions at summer camp. My troop always made Calzones inside a dutch oven, and we always won. I love these things though, great lens

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Rosaquid 4 years ago

Thanks for the lens. I'm hungry!

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BloggingMogul 4 years ago

My kind of food, I love it. Thanks

anonymous 4 years ago

Great lens, Jimmie! You've made my mouth water! You've done a terrific job of showing step-by-step how to make a great calzone.

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BlueObsidian 4 years ago from Oregon

I've come across this lens a couple times, and it always makes me hungry! You've done an incredible job!

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myEZrecipes 4 years ago

How did you do the step by step part with text interspersed with photos? Is that a Text module?

writer4 4 years ago

To yummy love 'em calzone, thanks for sharing!

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savateuse 4 years ago

now I'm hungry!

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tyrosine 4 years ago

Tasty and yummy! drooling as I read! Great work!!

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Find-Online 4 years ago

Your step by step photos for making calzone are great!

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Synergise2011 LM 4 years ago

I love calzone but not sure I've got the patience to make them myself. I wonder if I could get my partner to make them? Hmmmm.

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jholland 4 years ago

Fabulous lens. I had never seen woven calzones before. I'll have to make some of these soon.

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gatornic15 4 years ago

Looks yummy and relatively easy to make. Thanks for sharing!

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writerkath 4 years ago

Happy National Honesty Day Jimmie! :) I HONESTLY wish I had a homemade calzone right now! :) Seriously, your lens just helped me understand that I can actually make one of these! I also like your style. I'm so glad I have found you here! Not just blessing and liking this lens, I'm putting it into my personal collection so I can come back and follow your directions. Great job here! :) Squid hugs to you! Kath

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avigarret 4 years ago

Looks like I'm gonna eat a lot of Calzone this week, great lens :)

PestControlNottingham 4 years ago

Looks awesome! I love a Calzone :)

faber80 4 years ago

Calzone, definitely one of my favourite dishes. Great info on your lens!

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randomthings lm 4 years ago

That looks so delicious!! And very good instructions. Thank you for sharing.

anonymous 4 years ago

I have no pictures, but I made this for the same reason - portability for the car - and holy wow was this both practical and delicious! My boyfriend didn't believe me when I told him I made it all from scratch (I do my own marinara, nbd). Just enough resiliency in the dough to support heavy filler (I chose broccoli, sausage, and mushrooms), but not too chewy. This is definitely going in my go-to recipe box!

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Coffeebreak9am 4 years ago

Looks Yummy. Thank you I will bookmark this lens for later use! From a fellow home school mom!Thanks again!

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Annamadagan 4 years ago

I absolutely love homemade calzone!

anonymous 4 years ago

Thank yo for the recipe. I highlighted it in one of my directories. http://grannyenchantedskitchen.blogspot.com/2012/0...

anonymous 4 years ago

I love calzones almost as much as i like pizza!

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CameronPoe 4 years ago

I was just thinking of having calzones for lunch.

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xXOUTDOORSXx 4 years ago

I just found what im making for dinner!

HealthyHappyDogs 4 years ago

Sounds yummy!

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EcoLogik 4 years ago

Nice recipes! All seems to be tasteful. Great lens!

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poorwendy lm 4 years ago

I love veggie calzones the best. Mushrooms, tomatoes, bellpepper, eggplant. Yum!

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Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

Nice. First time I have seen this, must try it out. Thanks for sharing a very interesting recipe. Blessed.

ldjett 4 years ago

Just so simple to make must try thanks for sharing

anonymous 4 years ago

Yummy recipe for calzone! You can solve the moving of the calzone problem by doing it on parchment paper and lifting and baking the whole thing! I swear, parchment paper is magical stuff. :)

anonymous 4 years ago

Just tried this last night! Worked perfectly and it was delicious! We put a little olive oil on the outside of the calzone and sprinkled it with garlic salt and oregano... so tasty! Thanks for the recipe!

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weheartjunk 4 years ago

looks awesome! I like calzones with jalapeños or some other chile. spicy.

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texan203 lm 4 years ago

yummy, sounds so good, I have to try it.

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mindlessnin 4 years ago

i really like how easy making this...

nice lens

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Mariajomith 4 years ago from pa

I can not wait to try this

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WriterJanis2 4 years ago

Looks wonderful.

our-staff 4 years ago

As former pizza restaurant owners...we suggest you include a side of sauce for dipping...adds another dimension

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casquid 4 years ago

What A Find! I just conquered my fear of using dry yeast. This is another great use for it. Thanks, the article is very detailed and easy to follow. "I'm lovin' it!"

anonymous 4 years ago

I believe this would be considered closer to stromboli rather than a calzone, although its not exactly either. You should come up with a brand new name!

anonymous 4 years ago

This looks delicious! I think you should call it a pizza braid. I will probably try assembling the braid on parchment paper that way I can pick it up with the paper and put on the baking sheet. Plus it will make clean up easy. Can't wait to try it! Thanks for posting it!

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kevkev227 lm 4 years ago

I love this lens...we make pizza at home but have never tried one of these...It looks great and much easier to slice, store and transport :)

CristianStan 4 years ago

Pizza Hut now has calzones. They may not be as good as the ones you can make at home, but when you gotta eat on the run they're great!

anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: That's what I did. Worked well.

amills 4 years ago

I love calzones, but never tried making them at home. Thanks for sharing this. I'm definitely going to have to give it a try.

anonymous 4 years ago

I just made this .. Awesome. Such an easy weekday meal. I have a one year old so the easier the better..& even he loved it !

Tututuri 4 years ago

This is a recipe that definitely will love to try. Thanks for the step by step pictures, really helpful!

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captainj88 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

We used to make this with thawed prepared bread dough. Mom called them "braided pizzas".

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fathomblueEG 4 years ago

This is such a great step by step lens to make a killer cal zone. Thank you for sharing this Italian dream.

anonymous 4 years ago

I love that you showed your mistake. :) I totally would have done that myself. Now I'm off to bake this for a dinner party tonight! (I'm supposed to bring the savory....)

anonymous 4 years ago

This seems to be a quite easy and wonderful idea to make a calzone. Love this!!

DigbyAdams 4 years ago

I loved calzones but have just bought them at our local pizza house. Will have to remember I can make them as well.

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maryLuu 4 years ago

i love pizza

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KanesCanines 4 years ago

My local pizza house makes a great Calzone, but will give this a try for sure. Thanks for a great lens!

anonymous 4 years ago

I am sneaking a few olives and chopped mushrooms into ours. Put a layer of pepperoni and a little bit of bacon bits in it too. Lets see if the kids ignore the veggies and just tear into it!!!

DonnaMarie2 4 years ago

I love calzones, and now I can experiment with making them myself.

Going to bookmark this page.


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OrganicMom247 4 years ago

Looks delicious and I like how you prepare it. Thanks for the recipe.

anonymous 4 years ago

before you put it in the oven you should sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese, granulated garlic, and italian seasoning... that makes it even better =)

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crstnblue 4 years ago

Can't wait to prepare my calzone following your recipe! :)

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lewisgirl 4 years ago

The most beautiful calzone I have ever seen! You make this look easy. Can't wait to try it.

anonymous 4 years ago

Wow that looks amazing and so easy to try

anonymous 4 years ago

Made this for dinner and it was a big hit with the family! Easy and quick to make!

anonymous 4 years ago

I'm doing this right now and we're so excited, I know it'll be YUMMY!!!!!!

paula-l-hale 4 years ago

Has anyone tried to freeze this before baking? My sister is ill and I travel to her house to fill her freezer. This would be a gread change if that would be a good option,

anonymous 4 years ago

@anonymous: Great idea~~how about a little olive oil brushed on top, or maybe an egg wash with a little Parmesan cheese , garlic and Italian seasoning sprinkled on top????

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tonybonura 4 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

This really sounds good. I'm half Italian and I've heard of calzone, but never tried it. That has got to change. I liked this lens so much I featured it in my new lens October Is National Pizza Month. Thanks for the information.


anonymous 4 years ago

I've made something similar but it is called a taco bake. You use crescent rolls, brown hamburger meat with taco seasoning and add cheddar cheese. It is like a take along taco without the mess.

anonymous 4 years ago

@paula-l-hale: Yeah you can freeze the dough for Up to 2 months

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latishaalford 4 years ago

I love your easy looking braid-style method.

anonymous 4 years ago

I make a similar recipe, and I always make sure to put the dough on the cookie sheet BEFORE I assemble it...I use a pizza cutter to make my cuts...so easy :)

StrongMay 4 years ago

That looks delicious! And what a pretty design on the top because of the folded slits in the dough.

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RhondaAlbom 4 years ago from New Zealand

Looks like my old blessing wore off, so I added some angel dust to one of my favorite recipe pages.

anonymous 4 years ago

I need to make 4 of these at one time for a house full of boys so I'm wondering if the dough can be made the night before and be put in the refrigerator until its time to make the actual calzone? Or do you suggest freezing it until the next day?

anonymous 4 years ago

You could make the calzone on a piece of parchment paper and then move it to the pan. That's what i'll do when I make this tonight! :)

anonymous 4 years ago

Great photos! Now I'm not afraid to try making Homemade Calzone.

anonymous 4 years ago

I made this last night and it was so easy and delicious!!! This will definitely go into my dinner rotation!!!! Thanks for posting it :-)

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sheilamarie78 4 years ago

You've done such a great job with your directions and photos. I'll have to try making this.

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tedwritesstuff24 4 years ago

Great lens...Love calzone and so easy to make!

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iijuan12 4 years ago from Florida

Great photos! I love calzones!

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greentiger11 4 years ago

I would have never thought about making calzones this way. Thanks

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makorip lm 4 years ago

Had the best calzone from local Italian restaurant, he passed and so did the restaurant. Thanks for the recipes now I can make it. Tasty Lens!

anonymous 4 years ago

what kind of mushrooms did you use?

anonymous 4 years ago

Looks delicious, but isn't this Stromboli? Calzones are half-moon shaped and eaten as one piece. Strombolis are shaped like a long loaf of bread, then sliced and served. Again, the recipe looks delicious.

anonymous 4 years ago

I rolled mine out on a silpat the could easily lift and put on cookie sheet and then it also did not stick.

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ChroniclesofaWa 4 years ago

So that was the secret of calzone looking like that. It's very creative. Makes the food look so much more delicious. :)

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MissKeenReviewer 4 years ago

Very helpful lens. Thank you for sharing.

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Camp April 4 years ago

Love this Lens. One that I just had to pin to Pinterest. Thanks

anonymous 4 years ago

Do you grease the pan?

anonymous 4 years ago

m impressed with the style of cookoing ....i will really try it out...

anonymous 3 years ago

I made mine on parchment paper, it allowed for easy cutting AND slid onto my pampered chef pizza stone easily! GREAT recipe!

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Northerntrials 3 years ago

I have a few questions. Why go through all the effort of braiding the dough - is it just for looks? Do you cook it on a pizza stone? That is my choice for cooking pizza. Do you let the calzone rise a bit before cooking? My last attempt the dough was too thin and I had too much sauce inside. I'll be trying it again but I will try your idea of braiding if not only for looks it will make the dough thicker. Another tip I found useful is using silicone or parchment paper as your base so you can slide it onto a pizza paddle and onto a hot pizza stone... or just slide it onto a pan.

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Find-Online 3 years ago

Your photos are great. It really makes it easy to see the steps involved. Your calzone looks so delicious.

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whats4dinner 3 years ago

Looks delicious! Got to try this one soon.

liamsquidoo 3 years ago

Great job on the lens, can't wait to try it out!

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EsotericAllusion 3 years ago

The photos really made me feel I could tackle this. Thanks!

anonymous 3 years ago

I used Pillsbury Pizza Dough, cut in half to make two calzones. My boys are finnicky eaters so the only toppings I used were pepperoni and meatballs. I bake them for 20 minutes at 375 degrees. They came out perfect and my boys loved them! Thanks so much!!!

anonymous 3 years ago

Made this for my dad and boyfriend and they both LOVED them! Definitely a keeper!! What I did: 1) Split the batch of dough into 2 and spread it thin; didn't want it to be too doughy. 2) Made the dough and sauce, topped with mozzarella, then sauteed onion, sausage, pepperoni, and salami with garlic and crushed red pepper and threw it on top of the cheese. 3) Brushed the top of the dough with egg yolk before baking to get it golden. 4) Since I had 2 smaller ones and partially cooked ingredients, 20 minutes at 375 was enough.

mistaben 3 years ago

Looks delicious. I'm hungry now!

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gene-0 lm 3 years ago

Wow i am hungry. Grew up on the east coast and had great pizza shops. I never appricates a good Calzone tilli moved to the southwest and well there not so great here.

anonymous 3 years ago

Instead of scissors, try a pizza cutter- works great!

anonymous 3 years ago

Made this tonite,,looked great, tasted great. This recipe is a keeper.

anonymous 3 years ago

Great recipe,and cutting the dough (I used pizza cutter) makes very nice presentation.

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Cynthia Haltom 3 years ago from Diamondhead

Sound delicious I like the way you made the cuts on the top of the crust. I think I'll try it the next time I make it.

ConvenientCalendar 3 years ago

Excellent recipe! Thank you for sharing!

anonymous 3 years ago

I have made these several times, I use parchment paper to roll them out on ant it's an easy transfer to the baking sheet and very easy clean up.

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hazeltos 3 years ago from Summerfield, Florida

I love calzones. I'll have to try your recipe. It looks delicious.

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Meganhere 3 years ago

I'm going to try this. Tasty lens!

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steadytracker lm 3 years ago

I love a good calzone. Thanks for this.

Blockparty 3 years ago

Cool recipe looks so good!

anonymous 3 years ago

Yum! Looks delicious. Wish I could have that. In my country, calzone is usually made with ham in it. If you ask for calzone in a pizza store, that's usually what you get. It's delicious for sure. I'd love to be able to taste one without it too. :)

JaspinderKaur 3 years ago

I like the presentation.

anonymous 3 years ago

This has always been a perfect date night/cooking night with the bf! We have made this several times now, we just love it. We make 2 out of one batch of dough b/c I am a vegetarian and he isn't. Next we roll them on parchment paper and cut them. I usually season my dough (garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and red pepper flakes) on the inside with the other ingredients that I like to add (banana peppers, onions, fresh mushrooms, gouda cheese), wrap them exactly how you did, place both on a pan and bake. It makes 2 perfect calzones! It's cheap and if you don't have time to make the dough we buy the frozen Pillsbury pizza dough and proceed as we would with the homemade version. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!!

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kalilascott 3 years ago

sounds delicious! can't wait to make this!

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ecogranny 3 years ago from San Francisco

That looks positively delicious. I love how you wrapped it in a lattice pattern. So beautiful. This would make a fun treat to take to my daughters' houses now and then. Going to give it a try. Thank you!

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ecogranny 3 years ago from San Francisco

Just stopping back by to let you know I made one last night with whole wheat flour. Filling was fresh tomato slices, fresh basil leaves, sliced garlic, red onion, black beans and cheddar cheese. We were out of mozzarella, and, unhappily, so was the neighborhood store. Mine was not nearly as pretty as yours, but plenty tasty.

I rolled it out on parchment paper and transferred it, parchment and all, to a pizza stone I had pre-heated with the oven. Worked great. We're having the leftovers for dinner tonight, and I'm so happy I don't have to figure out what to have for Meatless Monday.

Thanks again for a beautifully done page and a scrumptious recipe.

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ChefAirick 3 years ago

This looks amazing. I hope I have what it takes to try this out. It looks very fun and delicious both.

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esmonaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

Fantastic, I make my own calzones also but I never saw the cut like that to wrap, I'm going to try it on my next one. Thanks

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smine27 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

great to see how it's made. I live how the finished product looks.

anonymous 3 years ago

You can roll the dough out and place it on a piece of parchment paper the size of your pan or waxed paper and when you are ready lift the paper and put on your baking sheet.

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Mobley5 3 years ago

I love calzone and you've made it look so easy - thank you!

kepezzo 3 years ago

Nice lens , simple and effective, I am hungry...been looking for great lenses with food all day...

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Jimmy Oliver 3 years ago

We sometimes have calzones on a Saturday night but I have never attempted to make my own, perhaps I will now. Great Lens

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KathyZ1 3 years ago

Yummy, will try it. Thanks for your sharing.

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Lee Hansen 3 years ago from Vermont

I make my own pizza and calzone with 5-minute pizza dough. Love home made pizza and its cousins.

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Baddew Fibes 3 years ago

You can't beat a good calzone. Got me wanting a midnight feast now! :)

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SquidooPower 3 years ago

Calzones are fantastic! I make them all the time using the Pilsbury pre-made cake dough. I tried their pizza dough but didn't like it as much. The best thing about calzones is that literally EVERYTHING tastes good in them. A great way to use up leftover stuff like an odd vegetable that you have left over from something else.

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AnonymousC831 3 years ago from Kentucky

Looks delicious. Can't wait to try it out. Great lens.

Ikey4088 3 years ago

Great lens. The best calzone I ever had was filled with different salami's, pepperoni, sausage, cheese and marinara sauce, it was huge and delicious. Now I've made myself hungry 'drool drool'

booper1 2 years ago

I have been making my own Calzone for years for years, I use a rolling technique for mine.

But, I love the way you make yours, with the strips of dough overlapped. I can't wait to try this next time. Looks so pretty!!

shawana2 2 years ago

Try laying our a piece of parchment paper while prepping on a counter top, then just lift the whole thing (with the sides of the parchment paper) onto your baking sheet and bake the whole thing. Parchment paper is awesome and guarantees a nice golden non-stick bottom.

Ecem 2 years ago

Yes, I do, Carolyn. PizzaHomeChef.com's will take you through the recpie and technique for making a great pizza that you can stretch or roll very thin. As you get the hang of it, you'll be able to stretch your dough till you can actually see light coming through. This is called windowpaning. When you can see the light, you'll definitely have a very thin crust pizza. There's a discussion of this at with some photos of this translucent dough effect.Then you can decide if you really like it that thin.So it's partly about a good dough recpie (also available in the previous post) and partly about fine-tuning your technique.Please check in and share your progress.

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