Tuesday, April 3, 2012


We live right by an Old Chicago and they do have some pretty delicious calzones... but guess what?

You can make your own! And I BET they will be better!

I LOVE making amazing things at home that I've had at restaurants.

I know I'm going to love it because I can make it however I want.... I always know it's fresh... It's healthier...and I know exactly what's going in there and how it's made.

Try this recipe...it's actually very easy and you can change it to whatever you like!

This makes 4 calzones


pizza dough, recipe here
.5 oz. Canadian bacon
2 cups fresh spinach
2 cloves garlic
1 medium onion
1 Tbsp. sriracha
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
2 cups mozzarella cheese
8 Tbsp. pizza sauce
1/4 c. cornmeal
1 egg (for egg wash)

Place a pizza stone (if using) in the oven and preheat oven to 500.


1. Make pizza dough according to my recipe directions. Let dough rise for 1 hour covered in a warm place. Divide dough into 4 pieces. Let rest for another 10 minutes.

2. Dice Canadian bacon into small bite sized pieces.

2.  Chop spinach.

3.  Mince the garlic and dice the onions.

4.   Shred the mozzarella cheese.

5. Combine all of the previous ingredients in a medium bowl. Add sriracha, black pepper, and the salt.  

6.  Dust a pizza peel (or a regular dinner plate) with 1 Tbsp. cornmeal.

7.  One by one, take each of the pieces of dough and flatten out into rounds. Punch the dough down and gently press down with your fingers into the desired thickness. About 1/4 inch thick. Layer each calzone with 2 Tbsp. of pizza sauce and 1/4 of the filling mixture.

8. Fold over the calzone and seal the ends with your fingers. Make sure to push down on the seal so that the filling doesn't come out while cooking.

Score the top with a sharp knife. It's OK if you get corn meal all over the calzone. It's delicious and you can barely tell it's there.

Lightly brush the calzone with the egg wash.

Carefully slide the calzone onto the pizza stone (or a baking sheet) and bake 9-10 minutes or until golden brown.

Serve with a side of warm pizza sauce for dipping.

Look at this amazing crust on the bottom! This is what the corn meal does!!! (as well as keep it from sticking)



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