Introduction: How to Make a Calzone

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I've yet to meet a single person on Earth who doesn't like calzones; they're simply delicious, and there's no proof otherwise. The first calzone I'd ever had was the Piz'ones from Pizza Hut (or was it Domino's...?), and I was hooked instantly. They're like pizzas squared. That may sound hard to believe, but it's true ;-)

So, I set out to find out how to make my own yummy calzones... After a bit of RND in the kitchen, I came up with a pretty good idea of how to make a calzone. However, I won't be giving you a recipe; in all honesty, I make a different calzone every time! But, I do follow the same steps, the same technique, and that is what I'll be sharing with you.

Step 1: Ingredients & Utensils

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  • Pizza Dough - I made mine from a store-bought mix. Use whatever kind of dough you like, but you have to use dough, not crust.
  • Toppings - I used cheese, pepperoni, tomato sauce, garlic salt and oregano, but you can use just about anything
  • Olive Oil Spray - like Pam or Crisco

  • Cookie sheet - with raised edges so you don't make a mess
  • Cutting Board - for cutting your calzone so the cookie sheet doesn't rust
  • Pizza cutter
  • Spatula
  • Pot holders

Step 2: Throw on Your Toppings

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First of all, roll out your pizza dough into an oval shape.

When you add your toppings, only work on one side of the calzone, a bit less than half of your oval. We'll be using the other half later.

Now start throwing on some toppings, any kind you'd like. I'd recommend dressing your calzone in the same way you like your pizza, but if you're feeling creative, then by all means, go all out.

Here's the toppings I added:
  • Tomato sauce - most people nix the sauce inside their calzones; a more popular option is to heat up a bit of tomato sauce to dunk your calzones in
  • Pepperoni
  • Cheese - I used shredded cheddar and torn-up slices of mozzarella; I prefer torn-up sliced cheeses because it's much thicker

Step 3: Cover It Up and Bake It

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Flip the untouched half of the calzone onto the toppings half, making sure not to leave any holes, cover the entire thing with pizza dough.

Now, spray the top of the calzone with Pam or such, sprinkle on some spices if you'd like (I did garlic powder and oregano), and pop it in the oven. 20 minutes at 450F (that's about 230C for you for-uh-ners ;-) usually does the trick for me, but your mileage may vary, so keep an eye on it so it doesn't burn.

Now for the hardest part of all.



Step 4: Take It Out and Eat It!

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Pull your calzone out of the oven and plop it down onto a cutting board. Cut it into strips if you'd like, and let it cool off for a few minutes. Invite your family and friends to share this magnificent work of art with you, which you so deftly crafted with your own hands! Congratulate yourself! Allow people to shake your hand, give you hi-5's, and tell you how awesome you are! You just made a calzone, and mannnn is it good!


Computothought (author)2011-01-24

You can go to ten parts of Italy and the surrounding islands and order the same thing. You will get 10 different things. Originally calzone and or a stromboli were peasant food for taking to work that was an equivalent of a closed pizza. but I do then to think of a calzone is more cheese or soft filling item and the stromboli has more of hard filling. Two one half dozen of another. Io sono Italiano anche.

marfz (author)2008-10-20

Call it pizza-biscuit, that's not a real calzone.

Labot2001 (author)marfz2008-10-21

What's a real calzone then?

thoraxe (author)Labot20012009-05-24

yep the pzone from pizza is just an imitation calzone a lot of italian ppl hate it

marfz (author)Labot20012008-10-21

Calzone napoletano
As you can see you're really distant from the original.

Labot2001 (author)marfz2008-10-21

Oh, that looks so good! I'll have to make one of those some day, thanks for the link!

DesignerUserName (author)2008-10-23

I always giggle when I think of "calzones" because my friend Cisco says that where he is from, "calzone" basically means "ladies' underwear"

That's... odd. lol where's he from?

thoraxe (author)Labot20012009-05-24

yep in spanish calzon means underwear

Bolivia I think


NachoMahma (author)2008-10-17

. Great job! If I were allowed to use the oven, I'd try it.

Labot2001 (author)NachoMahma2008-10-17

Why aren't you allowed to use the oven?

Should I have asked that...? O_o

NachoMahma (author)Labot20012008-10-18

. When I was married, the ex took a frozen pizza out of the freezer, but before she could get started the neighbor called about something. She told me to start the pizza cooking while she went to check on neighbor. Pizza was on a cardboard disc. Oven to be set at 400oF. Nacho thinks "paper burns at Fahrenheit 451, so it ought to be OK." After airing out the house, Mrs Mahma forbade me from ever using the oven again.

Labot2001 (author)NachoMahma2008-10-19

Haha! Yeah, cardboard + hot = not very good. My brother learned that the hard way, BTW this is the same brother who decided to find out what would happen if he put a knife in the toaster...

talonsblade (author)Labot20012008-11-05

dont laugh, i too have tried to cook a frozen pizza only mine had card board under it. It did not catch fire but when the buzzer went off the pizza was still doughy and way under cooked. i forgot the cardbaord was there, just ploped it down on the pizza tray and threw it in the oven

Lithium Rain (author)NachoMahma2008-11-02



This so did not happen. This is just a tall tale. Nachomahma is joshing us.

Right, Nacho?

That was an interesting book. The Hound is creepy...

NachoMahma (author)Lithium Rain2008-11-02

. It happened. It was no big loss. Mrs. Mahma was (probably still is) a great cook and I have a hard time boiling water. . I did retain my crown as King Of The Microwave. I just wasn't allowed to touch the oven/stove anymore.

Lithium Rain (author)NachoMahma2008-11-02


KentsOkay (author)2008-10-31

Pizza... *drools* How'd I go about making this into those little pizza bite things?

Labot2001 (author)KentsOkay2008-11-01

That's a good idea! Next time I'm working with pizza dough I'll give it a shot and maybe make an ible. If you don't feel like waiting, just try it out yourself! Let me know how it goes ;-)

pls (author)2008-10-22

that looks awesome :)

Labot2001 (author)pls2008-10-23


whatsisface (author)2008-10-17

Pasta and pizza aren't adjectives.

Labot2001 (author)whatsisface2008-10-17

*checks dictionary*


LinuxH4x0r (author)Labot20012008-10-17

its R&D; not rnd :)

Labot2001 (author)LinuxH4x0r2008-10-19

Mr. Picky, eh? ;-)

LinuxH4x0r (author)Labot20012008-10-19

Just a little

caitlinsdad (author)2008-10-17

Yum! Traditional calzones are made with a ricotta cheese/mozzarella cheese filling and maybe a drop of sauce. You will find extras like spinach or brocolli or sausage. If you try it your way and roll it, you have a stromboli with deli meats and cheeses. Pinch the edges for a decorative seal or use a drop of water to paint the edges to help it stick. Use a fork to put the nice crimp and markings on the crust. Also poke a few holes with the fork to let the steam escape.

Labot2001 (author)caitlinsdad2008-10-17

Never had a stromboli before, but your description makes my mouth water... Maybe a future ible?

caitlinsdad (author)Labot20012008-10-17

You could also take your "calzone" and your mom's iron, cover the bottom of the iron with a sheet of foil, crank it up to the cotton setting, and press the heck out of your "calzone" for a "panini" sandwich. These fast food chains take a good thing and make it blah. Look up the real recipes for these and enjoy.

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