How to Make and Fold a Calzone

Leah Maroney
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    Prepare the Dough

    Leah Maroney

    A calzone is a folded pizza, usually shaped like a half-moon and stuffed with cheese and possibly vegetables, meat, and/or sauce and it can be baked or fried. It is often served with marinara or pizza sauce on the side. The dough used is a yeasted bread or pizza dough, so the first step is to prep your dough.

    Make pizza dough from scratch or use one that is store-bought. You can also use whole wheat dough, or dough flavored with herbs or other seasonings. Either way, let it sit at room...MORE temperature for a half-hour to an hour in an oiled bowl loosely covered with a towel.

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  • 02 of 06

    Prepare the Filling

    Leah Maroney

    While you wait for your dough to rise, you can prepare the filling. Classically, calzones are filled with cheese--usually a soft cheese like ricotta--along with mozzarella. Then other fillings are also added!

    Other Filling Ideas!

    • Ham and Provolone Cheese
    • Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese
    • Sausage and Pepperoni
    • Spinach and Sauteed Garlic

    After the veggies and/or meats are cooked, mix them together with the cheeses and any seasonings you like. Set aside. Preheat the oven to 500ºF. If you're using a pizza...MORE stone, place it in the cold oven and heat it as the oven heats.

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  • 03 of 06

    Stretch Out the Dough

    Leah Maroney

    After the dough has risen, punch it down and then divide it into two balls. Place one ball onto a well-floured surface. Stretch or roll the dough out to a oval or circle. It should be about 1/4" to 1/2" thick and about 10" to 12" in diameter. Repeat with the other ball.

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    Fill the Calzone

    Leah Maroney

    Place half the filling onto one side of each dough-round, leaving about 1" space around the edge.

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    Fold and Seal the Calzone

    Leah Maroney

    For each calzone, lift the side of the dough without filling and gently pull it across to the other side, creating a half-moon shape over the filling. With wet hands, press the edges shut, or use a fork to crimp. Place calzones onto cornmeal-sprinkled baking sheet, or pizza peel, if using a pizza stone.

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    Bake and Enjoy!

    Leah Maroney

    If using a pizza peel and stone,transfer calzones to pizza stone. Or, place baking sheet into oven. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until dough is golden brown in spots. Remove from oven and serve with your favorite marinara or pizza sauce.

    If you want, you can also try deep-frying your calzone, a regional specialty made in Puglia called Panzerotti, although they are usually made with a thinner dough and somewhat smaller. It's similar to deep-fried pizza.