A calzone is pizza dough stuffed with pizza style toppings. So, basically, a good old stuffed pizza.
So, if you were watching my Instagram this week, you would have seen the little teaser I put out there for this recipe. Calzone is an Italian dish, using pizza dough to encase a whole bunch of fillings. I’m sure there is a traditional filling somewhere down the line but these days they can be made using any of your favourite pizza toppings.
For instance, this Pesto Chicken Calzone is just a variation on my Pesto Chicken Pizza (one of my favourites). It’s the same thing, in fact. As a calzone, what would normally be my toppings are just rolled up inside to become fillings.
I love that this calzone is so easy to make. Even taking the time to make my own dough, this still came together in less than an hour and that includes rising time! It’s an amazing combination of flavours too. I use my favourite store bought basil pesto, some chopped up barbecue / rotisserie chicken, grated cheese and some chopped up onion and mushrooms.
You could encase any of your favourite fillings into a calzone. This recipe makes two bases, so you can either freeze one or use them both and make two different flavours 🙂
And how helpful am I??? I decided to give you step by step photos for this one. You don’t need them. It’s super simple but I just wanted to try it out. The full recipe follows these step by step photos. Now go and bake yourself a calzone.
After baking, you’ll end up with this 🙂