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Have you ever tried a slice or hunk of warm Calzone Italian American style, melted cheese, all those flavors blending together on your tongue giving you that instant YUM moment!
Something about Football weather that is all, comfort to me! I love warm sweatshirts, soft warm jeans, leggings and yoga pants (yeah, I’m that grandma!). Some of my favorite foods to make are the simplest. I’m not a great cook, I don’t have a lot of time to get it together, so I have to WOW you with some pretty simple and tasty foods quick if I want you to stay!
Crowd pleasers to me are usually a variety of tastes, sensations, smells all made easy so you have time to enjoy your friends and well, the big event! The only kitchen tools needed are a cutting board and a baking sheet !
There’s a recipe below but first, I’ll walk you through it to wet your appetite!
Start by pre-heating your oven to 375 degrees, take out that baking sheet and cover in tinfoil. Lay a towel down on your prep surface, grab your cutting board, fill a teaspoon or so of flour and sprinkle/ spread flour over the cutting board.
Get out the meat and cheese, I use Boar’s Head Always. You can pick your favorite brand, but truth be told, I get the best reviews and results and well, flavors when I use quality meats on this one. Budget out the window but absolutely worth it! Each Calzone will need 1/2 lb. each of Salami, Picante Provolone and Capitola (sweet or hot your choice). A ball of dough. I get mine at the bakery department of my local grocery store. I like to keep it refrigerated right up until I’m ready to use it.
Now Stretch that dough to all four corners of your cutting board, take your time. Once you get it there, tuck excess dough under all edges. Pretty much you’ve covered the whole top and tucked under your cutting board.
Now layer Meat, Cheese, Meat.. it’s important to have the cheese in the middle. Once you’ve done layering, untuck edges of dough closest to you (board should be facing you with long side) and start rolling away from yourself, untucking dough as you go. When you’ve reached the end, give it a few extra rolls back and forth on the cutting board to try and seal the edge the best you can.
Lay the uncooked calzone on baking sheet. No problem if it doesn’t fit. You can shape in semi circle, ‘S’ Shape, whatever works to get it all on there. Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees. Let sit for a half hour to hour covered in towel. (this is just because the dough and meat are still pretty cold and you want to try and bring them closer to room temperature). I learned this trick from one of the women at the deli many years ago.
If your me, this is when you start your 2nd calzone! or the chili or both!
Pop in oven, set timer for 55 minutes. Calzone will be a golden brown when done. It will (I promise, it will) explode a little or a lot. When you take out, pull up sides of tinfoil a little, move to towel to cool a bit, then use rubber spatula to remove from tinfoil. Place on clean sheet of tinfoil, wrap tight and it will stay warm for a couple of hours. You can reheat in microwave or toaster oven if made ahead (I always make plenty ahead of time). I’d suggest wrapping in tinfoil and reheating in oven 275 for a half hour on lower rack.
Serve alone, with chili, with dipping sauce (not at all needed), soup, salad.
Calzone Italian ~ American Easy Recipe
This is my comfort food! Easy to make calzone served warm alone or with soup, chili or salad. I make with Boar’s Head meats YUM! Great for lunch, dinner, appetizers and well, great for sharing at holidays and events like super bowl !
- 1 tsp flour
- 1/2 lb Provolone (Boar's Head Picante or Mild)
- 1/2 lb Salami (Boar's Head)
- 1/2 lb Capicola (Boar's Head Sweet or Hot)
- 1 pkg Pre-made Bread Dough (found in bakery section of most grocery stores)
Stretch chilled dough out to size of floured cutting board, tuck all around edges to hold dough in place. (if you get some holes, no big deal just pinch a piece of dough from thicker edges and patch)
completely cover dough with layer of Boar’s Head Salami
completely cover dough with layer of Boar’s Head Provolone (i like Picante flavor – strong)
completely cover dough with layer of Boar’s Capicola
roll up like a jelly roll (lengthwise)
place on tinfoil, let sit for 30 minutes with covered towel, pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
place in oven for 55 minutes or until golden brown
This is my FIRST ever recipe post!! I hope you enjoy this as much as well, everyone I have made it for does! Best served warm (microwave or wrap in tinfoil put in oven 275degrees for 30 mins). I make no less than 2 at a time, cause this delicious recipe goes fast!