Calzone is Italian salted bread, folded into what looked like a half pizza or a half moon. It may be filled with meats, cold-cuts (such ham, salami and sausage), cheese, tomatoes and spices. Sometimes, one can use the anchovies or fish variant for filling. Calzone can either be baked or fried. Here are some easy steps to follow in making calzone.
Step One: Make your calzone dough.
- Get a mixing bowl and put yeast, water, salt and olive oil. Stir all the ingredients well and let it wait for about 5 minutes
- Combine flour and mix, incorporating all ingredients evenly.
- Slightly flour a flat work surface and transfer your flour mixture there. Knead the dough for about 5 to 7 minutes, adding enough flour from time to time. Be sure that the dough won’t still end up sticky but a must form a smooth, elastic dough.
- Put the dough in an oiled bowl, loosely cover it and let it sit for about half an hour.
- When the dough has risen, press it down.
- Divide the dough into two separate balls.
- Put the first one in a floured surface and use a rolling pin to stretch it into a flat oval or circle.
- Do the same to the other dough ball.
Step Two: Put in the fillings.
- Put in your desired fillings to the half phase of the calzone, maintaining 1” margins around the edge.
- Put over the unfilled phase of the calzone over the filled one, making a half-pizza look in the process.
- Wet your hands and proceed into pressing down the edges. You may also use a fork to close up the edges.
Step Three: Cook your calzone: bake or fry.
- For baking: Sprinkle baking sheet with crushed cornmeal. Lay calzones in the baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes. Serve with marinara sauce.
- For frying: Prepare your deep fryer. Submerge calzones into the boiling oil. Get calzones when it turns golden brown. Serve with marinara sauce.