If they’re anything like mine, they’ll include a couple beers, a lot of shouting at the television and a nice smattering of hors de oeuvres, including these Mini Pizza Calzones.
I’m a really big fan of pizza, especially if it doesn’t come in the traditional pizza form. Give me homemade pizza rolls
or these calzones over boring old pizza any day. Though it still tastes just as good, there’s something about eating my pizza in a creative form that makes it taste even better. Call me crazy, but it’s also much easier to dunk a calzone into a vat of tangy marinara or creamy garlic sauce than a messy piece of pizza.
I must admit, I’d never made calzones prior to this post. I know, after all that talk of how I love nontraditional pizza foods! Well, now I have, and I must say it was a lot easier than I thought it would be. Something about folding pizza crust around a mixture of pizza sauce and cheesy had me a little freaked out – what if it spills? What if there’s not enough filling? What if I don’t fold them right and they come completely undone in the oven? And to be honest, all of these things happened while making these.
But it wasn’t really a problem.
Sure, there was a hint of a cheese/pizza sauce explosion on my baking sheets, and sure, I didn’t do the best job of pinching the seams of the calzones closed, thereby losing a bit of the filling. But, live and learn, right? That’s why I altered the recipe to (hopefully) not have you go through the same issues.
But even if you do, the calzones will be just as delicious – perfectly pizza-y, cheesy and doughy, with a slightly crispy crust surrounding a tangy, gooey filling. Perfect for appetizers or as a pizza dinner substitute – or for the big game!
Stephanie (aka Girl versus Dough) joined Tablespoon to share her adventures in the kitchen. Check out Stephanie’s Tablespoon member profile and keep checking back for her own personal recipes on Tablespoon!