In our last recipe post, we showed you how to make apple cinnamon muffins. In this post, let’s go in a different direction and make something a little more hearty: calzones!
This recipe is a fun way to get your kids involved with making dinner. A simple, yet amazingly tasty calzone that rivals your favorite pizza place’s menu.
You won’t even need to call anyone to dinner because the aroma will call them to the table!
Start off with preheating the oven to 400°.
You can make your own pizza dough if you’d like, but to make it really simple, we are using Pillsbury thin crust pizza dough, which you should be able to find at your local grocery store.
This makes two calzones (or four pizza pockets!). Just pop the tube, roll out the dough, and cut it down the middle.
Spread pizza sauce almost to the edge of each half of dough. Again, you can make your sauce if you’d like, but we used a squeezable bottle of pre-made sauce.
Make an even mound of mozzarella on half of each calzone. You will be folding the other half of dough over when we’re done.
Sprinkle Italian seasoning and sea salt over the mozzarella. Add any toppings you’d like, keeping in mind that you will need to seal the dough up, so don’t over-stuff. Everyone can have their own special calzone with their favorite toppings!
Fold over your dough and pinch the dough together all around the edges. Carefully pick up each calzone and place it on a dark pizza pan.
If you like a butter-parm topping, melt 2 tablespoons of butter in the microwave (about 20-25 seconds or until melted). Add 1/4 teaspoon of garlic salt, 1/4 cup of grated parmesan, and a couple sprinkles of Italian seasoning.
Stir to combine, then use a basting brush to evenly spread half of the topping over each calzone. Note: I basted before baking this time, but it is actually better to baste after baking so the crust has a chance to get crisp.
If you don’t like butter-parm, another option is to sprinkle mozzarella and Italian seasoning on top.
Place the pizza pan in the oven and bake for approximately 20 minutes.
With butter-parm topping:
With mozzarella and Italian seasoning:
Bake time: 20 minutes
1 Thin crust pizza dough
2 TBS butter
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
Toppings of choice
Next up, homemade fudge!
Sarah is the founder of Baking Kneads, LLC, a blog sharing guides, tips, and recipes for those learning how to bake. Growing up as the daughter of a baker, she spent much of her childhood learning the basics in a local bakery.