Easy Homemade Pizza Calzones
 
Ingredients
  • One batch of homemade pizza dough
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese
  • Toppings of your choice-- I usually use around ¾ cup of toppings per calzone (My personal favorite is sausage crumbles with sliced mushrooms, but any pizza-style toppings will do: pepperoni, olives, peppers, pineapple, veggies, etc!)
  • 1-2 cups of marinara sauce (for dipping)
Instructions
  1. Mix up the pizza dough and allow it to rise for one hour.
  2. After the rising period, punch it down and divide into four equal lumps.
  3. Roll each lump into a circular shape--roughly 8" in diameter
  4. Place the toppings of your choice on half of the dough circle (you'll be folding the other half over the top to create the pocket)
  5. Sprinkle liberally with mozzarella cheese
  6. Fold the top half of the circle over the toppings to create a pocket. If the two halves don't line up perfectly, it's OK-- simply stretch/adjust the dough until you can crimp the edges to seal up the calzone. I usually do a bit of a rolling/pinching/mashing motion on the edges to make sure the calzones don't come apart while baking.
  7. Place the calzones on a pizza stone (like this) or a greased baking sheet and let them rise for 30 minutes.
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes in a preheated 375 degree oven. I like to brush them with melted butter about 15 minutes through the baking process to give them a lovely golden color.
  9. Serve with marinara sauce for dipping.
Recipe by The Prairie Homestead at http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2014/07/calzone-recipe.html