Calzone, this is a quick and easy recipe that is basically a pizza stuffed with fresh tomatoes, pancetta (if desired), veggies and mozzarella cheese. Delicious.
Homemade Calzone Recipe
In the food department Italy is probably best known Pasta, Pizza and Tiramisu. All of which are amazing and delicious but to tell the truth one of my favourites is overly stuffed Calzone.
A homemade calzone is almost like a pizza, except all the ingredients are inside instead of outside. You can stuff it with all your favourite pizza toppings, although we prefer fresh tomatoes, pepper, mushrooms, a few fresh herbs and of course a good helping of shredded mozzarella.
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How to Make Calzone
How to make a Homemade Calzone
- Using either a good store bought pizza dough or Homemade Pizza Dough , fit in a small round lightly oiled pizza pan.
- Toss the fresh tomatoes and herbs in a bowl.
- In a frying pan add some olive oil then and the chopped pancetta (bacon), peppers, salt, mushrooms and fresh herbs and cook until lightly golden.
- On one half of the rolled out pizza dough, place first the pancetta veggie mix, then top with the tomato mixture and lastly the shredded mozzarella.
- Gently fold the dough over the filling (to form a half moon shape) and pinch edges or press with fork to seal securely.
- Brush the calzone with a little olive oil and bake for approximately 20 minutes or until golden.
- Let sit 5 minutes before cutting.
Homemade Fresh Veggie Calzone
What is the difference between Panzerotti (or Panzarotti) and Calzone?
Both are made with either pizza or bread dough, although Panzerotti dough has a little more fat. Both are stuffed with tomatoes, veggies, some type of meat and of course mozzarella cheese.
The only difference is in the way they are cooked. A Panzerotti is deep fried and a Calzone is baked.
A fried Panzerotti is also very popular in Naples where it is called Pizza Fritta (Fried Pizza). The original “Street Food of Naples”.
What is a Stromboli?
A Stromboli is square shaped pizza dough that is topped with your choice of toppings (usually tomato sauce, veggies and mozzarella cheese) and then rolled into a log and baked.
So there you have it, different names to mean different Recipes. Although all are delicious and each worth trying. I hope you try this Homemade Calzone with fresh veggies first. Buon Appetito!
Homemade Fresh Veggie Calzone
- 1 ready made pizza dough (store bought, bakery or homemade)
- 1/2 cup pancetta or bacon (cubed or chopped)
- 1/2 pepper (chopped)
- 1 cup chopped mushrooms
- 15 grape or cherry tomatoes (halved)
- 1/2 teaspoon basil (divided or 5-6 fresh leaves chopped)
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano (divided)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt (divided)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil (divided)
- 3/4 cup firm mozzarella shredded
- Pre heat oven to 450°F (250° C).
- In a small bowl combine, halved tomatoes, half the spices - (basil, oregano, salt) and 1 tablespoon olive oil, mix together. Set aside.
- In a small pan add 1 tablespoon olive oil, the pancetta or bacon, mushrooms, pepper and the remaining half spices cook on medium heat uncovered until golden.
- On a small - medium size pizza pan (10 inches / 26 cm), drizzle a little olive oil (approximately 1 -2 teaspoons), place rolled out pizza dough on top, and add in the following order, pancetta mixture, tomato mixture (spread both evenly on 1/2 the pizza dough), and then the shredded mozzarella.
- Gently pull the other half of the pizza dough to cover the mixture filled side and crimp the edges (wet finger tips to help dough stick), so that none of the filling escapes. Bake for approximately 15-20 minutes or until golden, let sit 5 minutes before cutting. Buon Appetito!