True pizza lovers, such as myself, will definitely love this Turkey Pepperoni Calzone recipe. Stuffed with mozzarella, ricotta, parmesan cheese, and of course, turkey pepperoni, this calzone is giving you a different way to enjoy pizza -- turnover style!
While traditional pepperoni is the norm, with turkey pepperoni you won't miss it at all --- especially when you pair that with tons of cheese and a soft buttery crust! This is a great option for your next pizza night or anytime when you enjoy pizza as much as I do.
This is not your average folded pizza recipe.
What is a calzone?
Unlike your traditional flat pizza, a calzone is simply folded. You're basically taking your circle-formed pizza dough, stuffing one side of the circle, folding the dough over the ingredients to form a crescent shape, then baking it in the oven.
Calzones always have cheese inside, but the fun part is being able to make it your own. Start with tangy tomato sauce, and the rest is up to you. I went super simple with this recipe so you can do just that --- add exactly what you like!
In addition to the sauce and your cheese of choice, you could add:
- Various meats like chicken, ground beef, chicken/beef sausage
- Bell Peppers
- Spinach or kale
- Cherry tomatoes
- Artichoke hearts
- Raw or caramelized yellow onions or red onions
- Fresh garlic
- Smoked salmon
- Roasted butternut squash
- Roasted eggplant
- Black olives
- Pesto or other herbs and spices
How is the calzone different from Stromboli?
Although similar, a calzone is more like a turnover, where Stromboli is more like a huge sandwich. Instead of folding the dough over and creating that crescent shape, Stromboli is "rolled" resulting in those beautiful layers of meat and cheese.
Some also say the key distinction between the calzone and Stromboli is the sauce is on the inside of Stromboli versus being served on the side for calzone. I guess I'm breaking all the rules today because my calzone certainly has sauce. 🙂
How to Make a Turkey Pepperoni Calzone:
Let's walk though how to to make this calzone recipe with pre-made (store bought) pizza dough.
Using fresh pizza dough seems to make a world of difference with this recipe. You can find fresh dough at your local grocer. It is easy to work with and the taste will be worth the few extra dollars. Purchase a pound of fresh dough and cut it in half. This will make two large calzones.
Of course, you could always make your own.
For your filling, you'll need Parmesan cheese, ricotta cheese, shredded mozzarella cheese, red pepper flakes, basil flakes, black pepper, and your turkey pepperoni. Once this is mixed together, add the cheese mixture onto one half of the pizza dough. Top off the mixture with thick slices of the fresh mozzarella cheese.
Be sure to place all ingredients in the middle of the dough. It makes the folding process a lot easier.
Make sure to leave enough room on the edge of the calzone. This will allow you to twist the edges into a pattern that will make sure your calzone looks as good as it tastes!
I'm certain you will enjoy this calzone. It is a simple recipe to make and only requires 16 minutes in the oven. That is what I call dinner in no time!
You can serve your calzone with marinara sauce for added flavor.
Now let's take a look inside...
Love calzones? You may also like my Buffalo Chicken Calzone!Print