Recipe 38 from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman
This is a wrap on the sandwich, tart and pizza chapter and I’m pretty sad about it! I learned a whole lot this chapter and per usual, she ended her chapters with a bang. This is not your typical calzone!
Think, cheesy goodness inside delicious dough (…truly….mine came out amazing this time) and all the yummy dipped into the sauce you think of in a calzone.
Deb talks about how calzones have not really been her thing until she tried it this way and it was a game changer.
I think I feel the exact same. I want to make this all the time now! I’m trying to figure out another way to do this so I can make a few and invite people over for dinner. It was stellar and shareable!
In Deb’s pictures she seems to use Japanese eggplant but I bought the more commonly seen eggplant, roasted it and quartered it so it better filled the calzone.
I am not posting pictures of her sauce ingredients because I improvised on it since I already had pureed tomatoes from a recipe I made earlier. I just added in garlic, red pepper flakes and let it simmer. It turned out great and made me happy not spending the money to start from scratch. The star of the show was the calzone so use any sauce but she gives you a recipe if you need one.
My dough was awesome. I think with this 2nd successful batch I can comfortably keep blaming the yeast for my previous bad batches. Time to go back and try a few of the recipes I messed up!
I was pretty proud of getting my dough in a circle. That’s not the easiest thing to do! I used the modified recipe I shared last few posts and it will be my new go-to!
Toppings and cheese go in and they end up baking into the dough unlike a calzone I’m used to.
Mine was a long football shape and was almost as long as my sheet pan when all crimped together.
My family has a recipe for sausage bread but I think I like this idea better with pizza dough. Maybe I’ll try sausage with this next time and see what happens.
Her is the finished product on the parchment paper I used to help me get it off the pan. It fit well on my pizza slip with the sauce and then headed straight onto the table.
Look at that cheesy goodness!! Delicious. My mouth is watering just remembering the flavors. Can’t wait to make this again. You should too! Here’s a few links to the recipe from…
Let me know what other combos you would try!!
Happy Calzone making.
Next up is the Vegetarian Main Course Chapter! Recipe 1 is Gnocchi (eeek)… coming at you soon. Pray for me…gnocchi feels hard to make!