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Chrissy's Easy 30 Minute Endless Filling Options Calzones

Re-purpose your leftovers or enjoy a recipe so quick and easy it will surprise you how much healthier and tasty these are. I absolutely love the traditional little hand held pockets filled with the flavors of Italy. It is basically an inside out pizza with all the options of filling you can imagine or create. ❤ 

So why eat the store bought imitation ones full of preservatives when you can control what you are eating and feeding your family? You can even re purpose your leftovers like chicken, taco meat, fajitas, meat and potatoes, even pasta and meatballs. 

Recipe Yields 8 Servings

Pick and choose your own fillings! This is just a basic guide.
Here are a few ideas. If you have questions or need further directions about any of these ideas leave me a comment! 

Bacon Chicken Ranch
Jalapeno & Cheese 
Ham and Cheese with Broccilli
Breakfast Omlet
Sausage gravy & Fried Potatoes
Chopped Apples and Pork
Cheesy Garlic Steak & Potatoes
Vegetarian Marvel
Meatball Marinara
Chicken Mushroom Pesto 
Italian Sausage & Mushroom
Creamy Mushroom & Olive  
Caramelized Onion and peppers
Chicken cordon bleu 
Pepperoni and cheese
Garlic Chicken Alfredo 
Chicken Parmesan
Taco meat, Cheese, & salsa
The ideas are endless! 


4 cans of Pillsbury Pizza dough, or pre-made pizza dough from your local grocery store. (Each can makes 2 calzones.) 

2 cups of meat of your choice 
(cooked Italian sausage, Frozen meatballs, ground burger, Cooked Pork, Pepperoni, Salami, cooked boneless chicken, cooked bacon, ham, Etc.) 

1-2 Cups of chopped Vegetables of your choice mix and match 
(mushrooms, olives, zucchini, artichoke, spinach, Etc.) 

4 cups shredded cheese (Mozzarella, Cheddar, Colby Jack, Etc.)

2 jars of your favorite sauce. (Red or white, also you can use cream of mushroom soup, ranch dressing, regular ham or hamburger seasoned, Or even salsa for a Spanish flavor. 

4 Tablespoons Olive Oil (Brush Top)

Sesame Seeds (Optional as Top Garnish)

For an Italian style Calzone add 4 tablespoons of Italian Seasoning for Garnish 

3 Tablespoons Olive Oil

It is completely up to you what you want to use to fill these! 


Start by Preheating your oven to 350° 

Next on a lightly floured surface with a floured rolling pin roll your pizza dough into a large oval or rectangle then cut in half. Each dough section should be roughly be 6 - 8 inches wide. Place each one on either parchment paper or aluminum foil.

Then on one half towards one side, but leaving 1-2 inches from the edge for pressing and tucking. 

Work your way one at a time adding a few tablespoons of your meat to each one, then your cheese, then your veggies, then your sauce, and top it with more cheese. (Dividing your ingredients by how many calzones you are making, working each one until all of your ingredients are divided and used) I tend to do a few spoonfuls then move to the next one then the next and so on returning to add any leftover stuffing. 

Fold top dough over filled bottom matching up the edges.

Using a fork I press the dough together to join top and bottom. Then using your fingers gently roll or fold upwards for a small up turned or rolled edge. (Do not roll too much or your edges will not cook and they will be raw inside) 

Brush tops with Olive oil and sprinkle with either Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, sesame seed or your own garnish. 

Bake 20 -25 Minutes or until The top is a beautiful golden brown. 

Be creative! Have fun, try breakfast calzones, spaghetti & meatballs, desert filling, mashed potatoes and gravy & meatloaf! 
You can pretty much fill these with anything and bake them! 

Let cool 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy! 

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