Recipe: Pizza Pocket (a.k.a. Calzone)

Posted in , , on the 17th November, 2012
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Pizza Pockets (a.k.a. Calzones)
 

Pizza is one of my all-time favorite foods. Because I typically eat way too much when I do eat it, I try to limit eating pizza to only on occasion. This recipe helps me practice self-control, by eating just one pizza pocket. You can also fill the pizza pocket with most or all vegetables. Basically you are in control of how much and which ingredients to add, so the ball is in your court.

This is a fast weeknight meal too. I whipped these up in about 5 minutes and then baked them for about 35 minutes. So you could quickly make them when you get home from work and while they are baking, it’s wind down time (or maybe it’s “wine down” time).

Some people call these calzones and others pizza pockets. It really doesn’t matter what you call them, just so you make them. They’re fast, easy, and delicious. Let me show you how to make these Pizza Pockets (or Calzones).

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Here are the ingredients: pizza dough (I used Pillsbury refrigerated pizza dough), pizza sauce, Italian seasoning, garlic salt, desired cooked meat or veggies (I used Italian sausage and pepperoni), and desired shredded cheese (I used mozzarella, white cheddar, but you can also add parmesan.)

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Preheat your oven to 425° F (215°C).

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Take out the pizza dough of your choice. I used refrigerated pizza dough (Pillsbury), however you can definitely buy other dough (like the fresh pizza dough at Trader Joes) or even make your own. It’s all up to you.

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Place the prepared pizza dough on a lightly floured surface.

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Divide the pizza dough into 4 pieces.

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Lightly flour your hands and begin to work the dough. Your goal is to stretch it out to a flattened state.

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Using a rolling pin, roll to flatten. Roll in all directions to help get to a rectangle shape of sorts (rough is totally fine). Make sure there is a light amount of flour on the surface to avoid sticking. Don’t use too much flour though, or you will get a tough crust.

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Add about a tablespoon (more if desired) to the center of the dough rectangle (in a stripe).

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Sprinkle a touch of Italian seasoning and garlic salt on each piece of dough.

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If you’re using meat or veggies, make sure to cook them prior to stuffing into uncooked pizza dough. They won’t be in the oven long enough to cook them.

For pepperoni, make sure to cut each piece into at least 4 pieces. This makes eating more pleasing and you don’t get a molten hot giant piece of pepperoni scalding your lip.

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Add desired amount of meat or veggies (about 1-2 tablespoons). Don’t over-fill or it will be too difficult to close the pizza pocket. I learned that the hard way. It was still tasty, just not as pretty.

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Now the cheese…mmmm! I used white cheddar and mozzarella, but you can choose pretty much any shredded cheese. Again, keep to around 1-2 tablespoons to avoid over-filling.

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Slowly fold the back of the dough over the filling to close.

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Gently seal pizza dough shut so filling doesn’t sneak out.

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To seal further, either seal with a fork…or better yet, twist pizza crust starting at one side and twisting all the way to the other. It’s pretty simple and it looks a bit nicer.

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Place each pocket on a rimmed baking sheet.

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Make 2-3 slits with a sharp knife, careful not to cut all the way through.  Make the slits about 1 1/2 inches apart.  Lightly brush the tops of each pocket with melted butter.

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Bake at 425° F (215°C) for 25-35 minutes…

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…or until golden brown. The time you bake depends on the size of your pockets and the strength of your oven.

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Rest pizza pockets 5 minutes before eating. You will love these! What a great meal everyone can get involved with and customize their own dinner.

Enjoy the comfort of food!

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Printable Recipe:

 

Pizza Pockets (a.k.a. Calzones)

Serves 4
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 35 minutes
Total time 40 minutes
Allergy Milk Allergy (Dairy), Wheat Allergy (Gluten)
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Lunch, Main Dish
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Pre-preparable, Serve Hot
Fast, easy pizza pockets.

Ingredients

  • 1 can refrigerated pizza crust (or use homemade pizza dough)
  • 1/4 - 1/3 cup jarred pizza sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup desired meat or veggies (i.e., cooked sausage, diced pepperoni, or cooked veggies)
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup shredded cheese (i.e., mozzarella, white cheddar, parmesan, etc.)
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted (for brushing)

Note

Recipe URL: http://recipesingoodtaste.com/?recipe=recipe-pizza-pocket-a-k-a-calzone

Recipe made Vegetarian with no meat added.

Directions

Step 1 Preheat your oven to 425° F (215°C).
Step 2 Divide pizza dough into 4 pieces.
Step 3 Roll out each piece of the pizza dough on a lightly floured surface.
Step 4 Shape the pizza dough by rolling into a rectangle.
Step 5 Transfer to a parchment lined or lightly greased cookie sheet.
Step 6 Spoon about a tablespoon or so of pizza sauce in a stripe down the center of dough lengthwise.
Step 7 Add a dash of Italian seasoning and garlic salt on top of pizza sauce of each piece of pizza dough.
Step 8 Add to each piece of pizza dough 1-2 tablespoons of cooked meat (chopped pepperoni, cooked sausage), cooked vegetables, and/or shredded cheese (like mozzarella, parmesan or other shredded cheese).
Step 9 Fold pizza dough over and seal edges.
Step 10 Make 2-3 diagonal cuts 1 1/2 inches apart down each side, cutting within a 1/2 inch of the filling.
Step 11 Brush tops with melted butter.
Step 12 Bake at 425° F (215°C) for 25-35 minutes (depending on the size of your pizza pocket).

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PS: If you see mistakes (i.e., spelling errors or inconsistencies in the recipe), please tell me right away. I appreciate any help I can get!

2 Comments

  1. Angel Leckner - November 18, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    Hi there, I am looking for recipes to make for a friend who’s husband is traveling for a few weeks and is going to need a little help in the kitchen area to feed herself and their 3 children, all after working a full time job each day. Can I make these ahead of time and then freeze them so that she can just pop them in the oven when she gets home?

    • recipesingoodtaste - November 19, 2012 at 10:11 PM

      Yes, these will freeze beautifully! Just freeze (over-night) on a sheet pan before the baking stage & have her add about 5 minutes to the baking time. Make sure to tell your friend to put them in the oven straight from the freezer (do not thaw). Hope that helps :) So nice of you to help her!!

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