Classic Meat Lover’s Calzones

Classic Meat Lover’s Calzones


Making a calzone from scratch might seem intimidating but this meat lover's calzone recipe makes it easy. Have fun kneading the dough, rolling it out, and stuffing it with a delicious sausage filling. If you aren't sharing these, freeze them and reheat later for a quick lunch or dinner.

Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 40 min
4 serving

How to Make It

1. Step
Make the dough: In a medium bowl, combine the warm water, yeast, flour, and salt. Mix with a rubber spatula until well-combined and the dough comes together into a ball.
2. Step
Lightly flour a clean surface, then turn the dough out and knead for 1-2 minutes to smooth and encourage gluten development. Shape the dough into a ball.
3. Step
Drizzle the olive oil in a clean large bowl. Add the dough ball and turn to coat in the oil. Cover with a kitchen towel and let rise for 1 hour, or until doubled in size.
4. Step
Preheat the oven to 425˚F (220˚C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
5. Step
While the dough is rising, make the filling: Add the sausage to a medium nonstick pan over medium heat and cook until no longer pink, 5-6 minutes. Add the onion, salt, and pepper and continue to cook until the sausage is browned, about 5 minutes more. Remove from the heat and let cool.
6. Step
After the dough has risen, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into 4 portions, then roll each into and round about ¼-inch (½ cm) thick.
7. Step
Spread ¼ of the sauce over one half of each dough round, leaving a ½-inch (1 cm) border along the edge. Top each one with 2 slices of ham, 5 pepperoni, ¼ of the sausage and onion mixture, and ¼ cup (25 G) of mozzarella cheese.
8. Step
Lightly beat the egg with a pinch of salt. Brush the egg wash on the border of the dough, fold the other half over, and press the edges together. Starting from one corner, fold the dough over itself in a twist. Tuck the other corner underneath. Transfer the calzones to the prepared baking sheet. Brush lightly with egg wash and score the tops with a knife to allow steam to escape.
9. Step
Bake for 15-17 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool for 5 minutes.
10. Step
Serve the calzones with marinara sauce for dipping, if desired.
11. Step


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