Pizza has become a staple at my house on the weekend. However, we’re starting the get a bit bored with it, so this weekend we decided to try a calzone.
Calzones are really just Italian sandwiches traditionally stuffed with mozzarella and tomatoes and made from pizza dough. They make for great street food because they are easy to eat on the street while standing or walking. I suppose a calzone is similar to a stromboli, not really sure what the difference is, they look the same to me. I haven’t had many calzones before, I have had a couple strombolis here and there at restaurants and they looked just like calzones to me.
Whatever you want to call this, whether it’s a calzone, or whether it’s a stromboli, it is still just as delicious. The beauty of these things is that they can be filled with anything you want. Your favorite ingredients.
I decided to stuff mine with bacon (everything is better with bacon), mushrooms, olives and mozzarella cheese and a secret ingredient. The secret ingredient can be omitted if you are not a fan.
The secret ingredient is anchovies. Now I don’t usually use anchovies in anything, but my husband bought some and we thought it would add that extra kick to the calzones. You don’t have to use a lot, just enough to kick it up a notch.
So I made these calzones with my usual pizza dough recipe, which is so easy to make. I usually make this pizza dough, cut it in 3 pieces use one and freeze the other 2 pieces. It freezes wonderfully. I used 1/3 of the pizza dough and divided this in half, to make two calzones. Roll out the dough into a circle so that it’s about 1 foot in diameter. Place the mozzarella cheese on half of the dough, top with bacon and olives. Usually I saute my mushrooms first, but you can omit this step and place the olives on top of the cheese and bacon and if you are using the secret ingredient add it now.
Fold the half of the dough with no ingredients over the half with the ingredients and roll up the ends, or press them with a fork. Add a little bit of water if you need them to stick together. Brush the calzones with egg wash and bake in a preheated 400 F oven for about 20 to 25 minute, or until nice and golden brown.
That’s all, very simple to make. Serve these with some marinara sauce.