Leftover Stuffed Calzones

Welcome to another installment of SPF.  This week has been busier than usual.  As summer changes to fall, our schedules change a lot.  Originally, we had a different post planned for this week, but seeing as way leads on to way, we found ourselves with a pile of leftovers, and a strong desire to use them.  So, this week’s post will guide you through a tasty, and frugal way to utilize and re-purpose leftovers.

Calizones are a lot like making a pizza, but better.  You know what’s better than pizza?  Sandwiches are better than pizza.  The calzone is like a pizza, but instead, it’s a sandwich.  Sounds great, right?  We decided to take our leftovers and make tasty calzones with them.  You can use what we did, or, you can create your own calzone.  Head to your fridge and see what you can find!

Preheat oven to 425.  If you have a pizza stone, add it to the oven.

We used a pre-made pizza dough from Safeway.  Cut the dough in half, flour,  and set aside.

Pizza dough

Pizza dough

Jeff made a homemade pizza sauce by adding garlic, a can of tomatoes, olive oil, dried oregano, sugar, salt, pepper, and fresh basil to a pot.  Simmer until warm, and blend with an immersion blender until desired smoothness is achieved.

Pizza Sauce

Get your toppings ready, and set aside.


Stretch the dough out into a rectangle.  The shape doesn’t have to be perfect, as long as you can fold it over onto itself and crimp the edges.

Pizza dough

Pizza dough

Add your toppings to half the dough.  Add the toppings to the thicker half, if there is one.  That will make the bottom of the calzone a little sturdier.  Calzone number was filled with a hot link, onions, mozzarella cheese, and Parmesan.  Calzones Calzones Calzones

Once you’ve stuffed this baby with yummy topping goodness, fold the empty half over itself, and crimp the edges. Calzones Calzones

Cut two or three slits in the top to allow the steam to vent while cooking. Calzones

Stuff calzone # 2.  We used garlic, onions, (leftover) mushrooms, (left over) spinach, a drizzle of olive oil, and mozzarella cheese.Calzones Calzones Calzones Calzones

Very, very carefully pull the pizza stone out of the oven.  You’ll want to use oven mitts for this!Add cornmeal to keep the dough from sticking.  Slide the calzones onto the pizza stone and place the stone back into the oven.Calzones Calzones Calzones Calzones

Bake about 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Calzones Calzones

In one cup, we added some pesto to the homemade pizza sauce. Calzones Calzones Calzones

We put regular pizza sauce in the other cup.  If you have a little extra dough, roll it into a mini bread stick and give it to your wife to eat. She’ll like it because she likes bread.

That’s all there is to it!  What’s your favorite calzone filling?  Let us know in the comments!

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