True story: The first food I ever learned to cook was calzones. It was the summer of 1996, and I took a summer cooking class at the local high school through our town’s rec department. Right there in the home ec room, I filled my very first calzone (ham and cheese, if I recall correctly).
As a pre-teen I didn’t appreciate just how amazing freezer meals (or vegetables, for that matter) are, but adult me is all about easy make-ahead, veggie-filled dishes like this family-sized calzone with chicken, broccoli and cheese. And the great thing about calzones is that once you get your technique down, you can fill them with anything you like.
- Swap out the chicken and use ham for an ode to the summer of ’96. (Optional: Listen to on-theme music from No Doubt, Oasis and The Fugees while you cook.)
- Use a box of broccoli, carrots, cauliflower and cheese sauce for more veggie variety (plus extra cheese!).
- Add crumbled cooked bacon to the filling (because: bacon) and sprinkle the top of the calzone with ranch seasoning instead of salt before baking. Voila: Instant chicken-bacon-ranch goodness.