I make a mean meatball calzone!

November 24, 2010 at 3:28 am (Uncategorized)

We had some leftover meatballs from my brother’s birthday party the other day and decided to use them up in some calzones.  Oh man, they were good!

Crust

  • 3 cups flour (I used half all purpose and half whole wheat)
  • 1 Tbsp rapid rise yeast
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp sugar (I like a sweet crust, but you can totally adjust this to taste)
  • Dried herbs (like basil and oregano)
  • Dash of salt and pepper
  • 1 cup warm water – 110 degrees

Mix everything together and knead 5 minutes.  Let it rest a few minutes while you get your filling ingredients together.  Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

Filling

Use anything you want.  This could be a great way to use up some extra leftovers.  In mine, I used about 1/2 cup marinara sauce, about 20 meatballs and a couple of cups of shredded mozzarella.

Assmebly

Divide up your dough.  I made 4 big calzones, but you could easily do one huge family size one or 6+ smaller ones.  I haven’t tried this yet, but I think the extras would freeze well.

Roll each piece of dough into a circle about 1/4 inch thick

Put your filling onto one half of each piece of dough. Leave a gap about 1/2 an inch around the edges.  Fold the dough in half to cover the fillings and pinch closed around edges.

Arrange your calzones on sheet pans about an inch apart.  I baked them on a low shelf in the oven to get the bottom nice and crisp since there’s a fair amount of moisture inside them.  Bake 15 minutes.  Enjoy!

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