Kid-Friendly Calzone Recipes

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 | 9:43 pm

Delicious calzones can be customized to please everyone in the family. Create your own masterpiece by choosing from Canadian bacon, pepperoni, sausage, cheese, olives, red onions, pineapple, and mushrooms. The following recipe from Dream Dinners makes two calzones and below you will find delicious fillings for the whole family!

● Preheat oven to 400°F. Place thawed dough on floured cutting board and roll to cover with flour, let rest 10-15 minutes
● Flatten dough by hand or with rolling pin to form about a 12 inch circle.
● Place dough on a sprayed baking sheet. On one half of the dough circle place 2 Tbsp. of marinara, 1/3 cup cheese mixture, 1/4 cup of meat, 2 Tbsp. toppings.
● (Reserve remaining marinara sauce for dipping.)
● Fold in half to cover filling and pinch edges together tightly.
● Cut three, 2 inch slits in top of dough to release steam.
● Bake 25 min. Until golden. Let rest 5 min before cutting.

Following the basic ratio of 2-3 cups of cooked veggies, leftover meat, cheese, and sauce for a batch of six calzones, these are some great, kids-friendly calzone fillings.

• Traditional Spinach-Ricotta – Sautéed onion and garlic, wilted spinach, mozzarella, ricotta, and tomato sauce. If you eat meat, a handful of diced sausage is never amiss in this one.

• Pulled Pork or Chicken – A good scoop of the pulled meat along with a little extra barbecue sauce and a sprinkle of sharp cheddar cheese.

• Mixed Grill – Leftover grilled steak chopped up with leftover grilled veggies and a handful of whatever cheese is in the fridge. I usually don’t put a sauce with this one.

• Wilted Greens – A whole mess of greens (kale, chard, beet greens, whatever hasn’t been used up from the CSA), wilted with garlic and red pepper flakes. A little ricotta or monterey jack helps balance out all that healthiness!

• Indian Curry – Curries thick with chickpeas, braised bits of meat, and wilted spinach also make good filling. Great for using up leftover take-out, or make your own. (If the curry has a lot of sauce, I usually scoop out the veggies and meat with a slotted spoon.)

Dream Dinners has been in Pasadena for 11 years and is located at 1274 East Colorado Boulevard. Call (626) 796-7863 or visit for more details.



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