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What are Calzones?

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

Sometimes known as calsones, calzones are essentially a folded or stuffed pizza turnover that is made with a pizza dough crust and stuffed with various types of cheeses, meats, and other traditional pizza toppings. Various types of calzones are made in different parts of the world, from the traditional cheese filled recipes that are based on the same concept as stromboli.

As a popular baked sandwich, the calzone can be stuffed with a wide variety of foods. Many popular commercial versions of the calzone, like Hot Pockets®, focus on both traditional pizza style ingredients, and also vegetable and cheese combinations. Home made calzones often feature blends of cheese as a staple filler, and are often paired with marinara or tomato sauce. For meats, many people enjoy a mix of ground beef, sausage and pepperoni. Other traditional pizza toppings, such as mushrooms or onions, are often included in the mixture.

An apple, which can be used to make a filling for a sweet calzone.
An apple, which can be used to make a filling for a sweet calzone.

Sweet versions of calzones are also available. Made with a plain pizza crust, the fillers can include mixtures of cooked fruit, such as apples with cinnamon. Raisins, grapes, pineapple, and cranberries can be used to create innovative calzones that can be served with whipped topping or sprinkled with sugar.

There are also fried versions of calzones. The dough is filled with tomatoes, bacon, mozzarella cheese, and olives, then folded into a semi-circle, After pinching the edges of the dough together to seal in the ingredients, the calzone is deep fried until the exterior is crisp.

Traditional pizza toppings, like mushrooms, are often included in calzones.
Traditional pizza toppings, like mushrooms, are often included in calzones.

Baked versions of calzones, with an emphasis on a mixture of vegetables in the filling, are also popular in some parts of the world, especially Sicily. One popular combination is a filling composed of potatoes, onions, broccoli and olives that is mixed with grated cheeses. After sealing the calzone, the dish is placed into an oven and allowed to bake until the crust is a golden brown.

Mozzarella with tomatoes and basil leaves.
Mozzarella with tomatoes and basil leaves.

Calzones are considered to be an excellent finger food, as it is not necessary to use any type of utensil to consume the food. Thanks to the versions currently sold in several major pizza chains, calzones are gaining in popularity in the United States as a new way to enjoy a diverse blend of fillers in a tasty crust.

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

After many years in the teleconferencing industry, Michael decided to embrace his passion for trivia, research, and writing by becoming a full-time freelance writer. Since then, he has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including , and his work has also appeared in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and several newspapers. Malcolm’s other interests include collecting vinyl records, minor league baseball, and cycling.

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

After many years in the teleconferencing industry, Michael decided to embrace his passion for trivia, research, and writing by becoming a full-time freelance writer. Since then, he has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including , and his work has also appeared in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and several newspapers. Malcolm’s other interests include collecting vinyl records, minor league baseball, and cycling.

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    • An apple, which can be used to make a filling for a sweet calzone.
      By: xiangdong Li
      An apple, which can be used to make a filling for a sweet calzone.
    • Traditional pizza toppings, like mushrooms, are often included in calzones.
      By: mbongo
      Traditional pizza toppings, like mushrooms, are often included in calzones.
    • Mozzarella with tomatoes and basil leaves.
      By: Studio Gi
      Mozzarella with tomatoes and basil leaves.
    • Sweeter calzones may contain raisins.
      By: BigDreamStudio
      Sweeter calzones may contain raisins.
    • Pineapple can be used to make a sweet calzone.
      By: Malyshchyts Viktar
      Pineapple can be used to make a sweet calzone.
    • Fried calzones are often made with olives, tomatoes, and bacon.
      By: margo555
      Fried calzones are often made with olives, tomatoes, and bacon.