These Meat Lovers Calzones are stuffed with pepperoni, sausage and Canadian bacon. This easy calzone recipe is for all you meat lovers.
What are Calzones?
Calzone, which means “stuffed pants” in Italian, is like a little pizza sandwich. Calzone fillings vary, but generally, they are filled with common pizza toppings.
Red Star is updating the recipe section of their website with photos of their delicious recipes, so they’ve teamed up with food bloggers who will make, photograph and blog about the chosen recipe. My first pick is their easy-to-make meat lovers calzone recipe.
Making Meat Lovers Calzones
The Calzone dough recipe comes together quickly, then after about an hour rise, it’s ready to shape into meat lovers calzones. The dough is easier to roll out in to a circle if you shape it in to a ball first. Just pull the ends to the bottom to create a smooth round ball.
I like to use my fingers to pat the dough in to a circle. When I’ve shaped it in to a circle, then I’ll pull out the rolling pin and roll it a bit thinner. I like to work with two circles at a time, so I let one rest and the gluten relaxes while I’m patting out the second one. Then I’ll come back to the first one, and after that little rest, the dough is easier to work with and stretches much easier.
My family loves making Calzones for dinner. I put the fillings out and everyone makes their Calzone just the way they like it. I give them a ball of dough and they create their masterpiece. There’s often bragging and teasing about whose Calzone looks the best.
Calzone Filling Options
For my meat loving boys, I decided this time to make meat lovers Calzones. I put out the following toppings:
- Canadian bacon
- plenty of cheese
- black olives and
The original Calzone recipe on the Red Star website is a veggie Calzone, so feel free to substitute your favorite pizza toppings.
You can use store bought pizza sauce, but I used my favorite, easy-to-make homemade pizza sauce. You’ll want plenty of sauce so you can also serve some on the side for dipping.
Calzones are a fun alternative to pizza and a great way to get your family in to the kitchen and baking with you.