The first time I ate a calzone was when my dad was helping me move and we took a lunch break at an Italian restaurant by my new place. He quickly ordered a calzone and per his advice, I did too. One bite (into the gooey center) later and I was hooked. Instantly I had a new go-to restaurant in my neighborhood and a favorite Italian dinner that I had to try making myself.
I found out when it comes to calzones I could get as creative as I wanted. Choose any savory filling (or sweet if you’re adventurous) for the center and it tends to work. Here are three of my favorite styles, and six recipes you should try making yourself.
When I’m looking for something super filling for dinner I’m making Lasagna Calzones from Foodness Gracious blogger, Gerry Speirs. It’s a tasty combination; an Italian dinner favorite wrapped in thin crust pizza dough. For the traditional-Italian food lovers among us, these Sausage and Pepper Calzones are filled with the flavors you already know (and they only take about a half hour to make).
By definition a calzone (something tasty inside a dough pocket) is a perfect setup for interesting flavor combinations. I’m super excited about Grands! Thai Chicken Calzones because of the coleslaw and Thai peanut sauce. I’m already a fan of these flavors so it’s safe to say I’ll love them in a calzone. For an even more untraditional flavor, these Broccoli Beef Calzone Pies mimic the Chinese takeout favorite, just wrapped in a flaky pie crust.
What are your favorite fillings for calzones?