Quick (Cheater) Calzones

I call them Cheater Calzones because I didn’t make the dough.  I cheated and bought premade pizza dough to make these because it was a last minute decision to make them at the grocery store.  I suppose they could also be called lazy ones because I just didn’t feel like making the pizza dough when I made them! I am not even sure this qualifies as a recipe, it’s more of an assembly thing than recipe but I am posting it anyways!!!

Dillon asked me what a calzone was… I told it’s pretty much just a pizza folded in half, sealed and cooked lol!

No matter that I took the lazy/cheater route, they were delicious and can be made with whatever fillings/toppings you like.

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Sandie

This is what I used to make them.

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I used 2 tins of the premade pizza dough, cutting a piece off of each end of the dough to get a smaller 3rd calzone out of it.

I spread the sauce and then the toppings I wanted on each section.

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Sprinkled the grated mozzarella and grated parmesan over the toppings.

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Next I folded them in half, curling up the edges to keep the toppings/cheese and stuff inside.  You can see where I got the sauce too close to the edges and it bled through to the outside but it doesn’t affect the flavour… just the appearance a bit lol.

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I cut a couple of vents in the top so it didn’t burst or overflow….

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And baked them at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes, until they were browned and fully cooked.  I used a spatula to life the end up to make sure the bottom was browned and cooked as well.

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And that’s it.  I put them on plates and served them for a quick mock take out dinner!

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Recipe

Quick (Cheater) Calzones

Preparation Time: 15 minutes  Baking Time: 20 minutes  Servings: 3 – 4 (depending on whether you divide the dough into 3 or 4 portions

Ingredients

  • 2 cans prepared pizza dough
  • 2 cans pizza sauce
  • pepperoni, mushrooms, peppers, any toppings you like
  • 3 cups grated mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Roll out pizza dough and cut into desired portions.  I cut mine into 3 portions.
  3. Spread sauce and then toppings on dough.
  4. Sprinkle both cheeses over the toppings.
  5. Fold dough in half and roll up edges to seal.
  6. Cut slits in top of calzones for steam to escape.
  7. Bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes, until browned top and bottom and fully cooked.
  8. Transfer to plates and enjoy!
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