Name of the dish: Calzones
Calzones are folded pizzas. They are shaped like a half-moon and made of bread dough. Calzones are mostly sold at Italian eateries or street vendors because it is easy to eat them while standing on the road side or walking on the pavement. Calzones are stuffed with ingredients used in making pizzas. Food items left out in your fridge can be used to stuff calzones.
Complexity level: Moderate
Time taken: 55 Minutes (20 Min for preparation and 35 Min for cooking)
- 1 batch thin-pizza dough or 2 lbs of pizza dough bought in a store
- 2 to 3 cups of filling: any of your favorite combination of cooked meat, cooked vegetables, and cheese
- Melted butter or olive oil
- Preheat your over to 450 degrees F
- Divide the pizza dough into equal pieces. Determine the size of each piece depending up on the occasion in which you want to eat calzones (lunch or light meals).
- Roll out the calzone using a rolling pin. Put the dough on parchment paper before rolling them so that it does not stick to the surface on which it is kept while rolling or baking
- Put the filling in the middle of the rolled pieces of dough and fold them. Now, place the calzones on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper
- Apply butter or olive oil to the surface of calzones before baking. Put them in the oven and bake them first for 15 minutes.
- Rotate the baking tray and bake for another 15-20 minutes until calzones turn into golden color
- Take the calzones out of the oven and remove the parchment paper from them
- You can prepare your dough 2-3 days before you make calzones. It is easy to work with dough which is still cold from the fridge
- You can also make calzones on a grill instead of an oven. You need to just rub the outside of a calzone with an extra layer of dough before putting it on a grill.