Easy Homemade Pizza Calzones
- One batch of homemade pizza dough
- 2 cups mozzarella cheese
- Toppings of your choice– I usually use around 3/4 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)
- Mix up the pizza dough and allow it to rise for one hour.
- After the rising period, punch it down and divide into four equal lumps.
- Roll each lump into a circular shape–roughly 8″ in diameter
- 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)
- Sprinkle liberally with mozzarella cheese
- 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.
- Place the calzones on a pizza stone (like this) or a greased baking sheet and let them rise for 30 minutes.
- 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.
- Serve with marinara sauce for dipping.