Friday, February 6, 2015

Meatball Calzones

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Hot gooey cheese and meatballs folded inside a soft and chewy pizza crust. 


Meatball Calzones:  Hot gooey cheese and meatballs folded inside a soft and chewy pizza crust.



I love pizza.  I love making homemade pizza too, but my oven sucks.  I live in an apartment so I don't have my dream oven and gradually my current oven has become worse and worse.  It still works for many things and breads and pizzas turn out okay if I bake them on an AirBake pan, but I can't use my baking stone anymore :(  The problem is that breads burn on the bottom before they start to brown on top.  The way I've dealt with this is just baking breads and pizzas on one of my AirBake cookie sheets in the center of the oven. It works and I still enjoy my baked products, but they just don't get the same crisp/crunchy-ness as when I use the stone.

Meatball Calzones:  Hot gooey cheese and meatballs folded inside a soft and chewy pizza crust.

Now that I've complained....let's get to calzones. I like to think of calzones as individual pizzas folded in half.  Some people say that there should be no sauce inside the calzone, but I say, "do whatever you want".  Personally I put a little inside but kept most for dipping.  As for my pizza sauce, I make an easy marinara out of tomato paste.  It's easy and inexpensive.  I always keep tomato paste stocked in my pantry (it's great for so many things. Have you seen my Homemade Bloody Mary Mix or my Simple Pasta Sauce?).

Easy Marinara Sauce


1 6oz can tomato paste
1-2 cups water
1 Tbsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp dried minced onions
1 Tbsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
Crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
Parmesan (optional)

Meatball Calzones:  Hot gooey cheese and meatballs folded inside a soft and chewy pizza crust.

Mix the tomato paste with water until it is the consistency you like.  Stir in the herbs and spices and let sit for about 1 hour.  You may need to add more water to get it to the right consistency.  Taste and adjust seasoning.  Just microwave to heat or enjoy cold or at room temperature.  Once again, do what you like it's pizza there shouldn't be so many rules.

Meatball Calzones


Ingredients:

16 oz (1 lb or 453g--I usually round up to 500g) pizza dough
15-20 pre-cooked Italian meatballs, split in half (Check out my Slow Cooker Meatballs)
Mozzarella, shredded
Easy Marinara Sauce

Meatball Calzones:  Hot gooey cheese and meatballs folded inside a soft and chewy pizza crust.


Start with your favorite pizza dough.  After mixing and kneading allow to rise for 1 1/2 hours or until doubled in bulk.  Separate into 4 roughly equal pieces and roll into balls.  Cover and let rest for 10 minutes.

Using one ball of dough at a time, roll/press into about a 6-9in circle (like a pizza).

Spread a spoon-full of marinara onto half of the circle.  Top with 1/4 of the meatballs and a hand-full of cheese then fold the other half over (you will have to pull and stretch) and seal the seam by pinching and folding.

Place the calzone on a baking sheet and cover while you make the rest.

Bake at 425F for about 15-20 minutes until golden brown.  Brush hot calzones with garlic butter for extra deliciousness.  Serve with extra marinara for dipping.

Enjoy.

Meatball Calzones:  Hot gooey cheese and meatballs folded inside a soft and chewy pizza crust.



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10 comments:

  1. love this idea, thanks!

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  2. I'm so happy you like it Jenna.

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  3. I have the similar situation, my oven isn't great for baking pizza too! Like the calzones idea, and yep, I'd like to put some sauce inside too :)

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  4. Thanks Maggie. I just keep telling myself that some day I'll have a good oven. My husband bought us a very nice toaster oven that we use most of the time. You gotta work with what you have, right?

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  5. We will just love your Meatball Calzones! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with Full Plate Thursday. Wishing you a Valentine Day filled with Love!
    Miz Helen

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  6. Thanks for the party Miz Helen.

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  7. Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you have a great week and enjoy your new Red Plate!
    Miz Helen

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  8. Thanks for the feature Miz Helen.

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  9. I have a temperamental oven too. Sometimes it obeys what I set it to, sometimes it likes to play games and run very hot. Fun times!
    These meatball-filled calzones look like a fun meal. Anything dippable is always fun in my book!

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  10. Thanks Michelle. I try to make do with what I have even if it sucks. I try to bake as much as possible in my toaster oven now. It's big enough to fit a frozen pizza and I have a few baking pans that will fit in it but I just can't do breads in it grrrr.

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