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Mediterranean Calzones

Mediterranean Calzones

Mediterranean Calzones
The first time I ever bit into a calzone, I’m pretty sure fireworks went off over my head. And I may or may not have stood up from the table and danced a jig. But only a short jig, because I needed to sit my rear back down immediately and scarf down the rest of that calzone.

I mean, I would have never thought there could be a better foodstuff than pizza, but here it was, a version of pizza that was folded in half, sealed, baked to perfection, and somehow even cheesier than its predecessor. Life got just a little bit better after I discovered calzones.

Mediterranean Calzones
I love to make calzones at home too, although looks-wise, my homemade version leaves a little to be desired. Whoever can make six calzones in exactly the same perfectly-half-mooned shape–and with precise, scalloped rolled edges, no less–wins a trophy, in my book. A big one.

Me, well … my calzones aren’t the prettiest in town (hey, they’re rustic!), but they taste pretty good, if I do say so myself.

Mediterranean Calzones
When Kiersten asked me to create a Mediterranean calzone recipe for Oh My Veggies, I was all over it. I may have danced another jig, in fact. That’s me–a jig dancer. Day and night.

These calzones do take a bit of time to assemble, but when you start with pre-packaged pizza dough (we love Trader Joe’s version), the process is much easier. I like to use my own homemade pizza sauce (I just freeze it in portions and pull some out whenever I need it) and roast my own red peppers when I can. But store-bought jars of either work in a pinch, too!

I adore these Mediterranean calzones. Tangy artichoke hearts, smoky roasted red peppers, and bold kalamata olives mingle with a cheese-melty feta-ricotta mix. And then just a smidge of pizza sauce for added tomato-y zip. I like to add the veggies first, so that the sauce and the cheesy goodness melt into the toppings while baking. One big happy Mediterranean melt-fest.

Hold on one sec. I’ve got to go get my jig-dancing shoes.

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Mediterranean Calzones

Mediterranean Calzones

Cheesy bliss! With artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, kalamata olives, and a cheesy feta-ricotta filling, these calzones are hand-held happiness.

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 42 minutes
  • Yield: 6 calzones

Ingredients

  • 2 (16-ounce) whole wheat pizza dough balls (we like Trader Joe’s refrigerated pizza dough)
  • 2 cups ricotta cheese (whole milk or low-fat works)
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped canned artichoke hearts in water, drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped roasted red peppers
  • 1/3 cup halved kalamata olives
  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce (plus more for serving, if desired)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450ΒΊ F. Lightly oil two large rimmed baking sheets and set aside.
  2. Cut each ball of pizza dough into equal thirds. Let the dough rest for a few minutes while you prepare your fillings.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together the ricotta, mozzarella, and feta cheeses until combined. Make sure the rest of your ingredients are ready (if you still have some chopping to do, now is the time!)
  4. It’s time to assemble the calzones! Place a ball of dough onto a lightly floured board or pastry mat and sprinkle the top with a pinch or two of additional flour. Use your fingers to first stretch the dough, and then roll with a rolling pin until you have an 8-inch circle. If the dough shrinks back after rolling, let it rest for 5 minutes and try again.
  5. Now fill your ‘zone! Sprinkle a few artichoke pieces, roasted red peppers, and olives on the bottom half of your dough circle, leaving about a 1-inch border between the fillings and the edge. Remember, your fillings need to go into six calzones, so plan accordingly! Now plop about 1/3 cup of the ricotta filling on top of the veggies, and then spoon a line of pizza sauce along the top of the ricotta (it works out to about 1 1/2 tablespoons of sauce per calzone).
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  7. Now it’s time to seal this bad boy! Dip your fingers in a bowl of water and wet the edges of the bottom half of the calzone. Fold the top half over the fillings to form a sideways half moon shape and press the edges firmly with your fingers to seal. At this point, you can roll the edges to help form a better seal, or I like to press the tines of a fork into the edges.
  8. Carefully transfer the calzone to a baking sheet and repeat steps to assemble the remaining calzones.
  9. Once the calzones are lined up on the baking sheets (I can fit 3 calzones per sheet), use a sharp knife to slice a 2-inch slit into the tops of each one. This allows the steam to escape the calzone and helps prevent seeping.
  10. Bake until the dough is golden brown, about 10-12 minutes. Allow to cool for about 5 minutes before serving and serve with additional pizza sauce (if using).

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 calzone

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26 Comments

  • Reply
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl
    April 21, 2014 at 8:44 am

    You had me at kalamata!

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    Courtney @ The Fig Tree
    April 21, 2014 at 11:42 am

    So many of my fav ingredients in one gorgeous golden doughy pocket. Haha! I’m smitten! Cannot wait to try these out:)

  • Reply
    Abby @ The Frosted Vegan
    April 21, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Calzones are one of my favorites,especially with those olives, swoon!

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    Gretchen @ Two Healthy Kitchens
    April 21, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    I have been making calzones, too!!! Your calzones look beautiful! Mine aren’t nearly as pretty as yours are! If yours are rustic, then mine are … ummm …

    Yummy! A Mediterranean calzone! My hubby isn’t a fan of kalamata olives, but that just means more for me!! Yay!!

    I can’t wait to try this … and your method! I’m hoping they turn out as gorgeous as yours! πŸ™‚

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    Julia Mueller
    April 21, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    The more rustic the better, I always say! These calzones look amazing – so many flavors and I bet they’re tons of fun to make. Bring on them kalamata olives and artichoke hearts!

  • Reply
    Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking
    April 21, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Calzones are gifts from God. Seriously. Somehow when you fold over pizza dough and bake it with the toppings on the inside, something magical happens! I love your Mediterranean twist on a an old classic!

    • Reply
      Kare Troughton
      April 22, 2014 at 11:11 am

      Seriously. Pizza amplified. Magic!

      • Reply
        Heather
        February 24, 2015 at 2:30 pm

        Have you ever tried freezing the calzones?

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    Maureen @ Wisconsin Mommy
    April 21, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Those look absolutely amazing!! Can’t wait to try making them for dinner πŸ™‚

    • Reply
      Kare Troughton
      April 22, 2014 at 11:10 am

      Thanks so much! I hope you love them.

  • Reply
    dishing up the dirt
    April 21, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Kare,
    My husband would fall in love with me all over again if I made these for him! Thanks in advance for that πŸ™‚

    • Reply
      Kare Troughton
      April 22, 2014 at 11:10 am

      Ha – well, my pleasure. Somehow I think plenty of your own gorgeous creations make him do that daily! πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Joanne
    April 21, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    I’ve definitely been known to do a two-step or two over calzones, so I totally understand! I mean, they’re like pizza in pocket form. What could be better?! Loving these Mediterranean flavors. I could live off of these!

    • Reply
      Kare Troughton
      April 22, 2014 at 11:09 am

      I guess the good thing about all the pizza dancing is that it burns off some of the pizza calories! ;D

  • Reply
    Meg van der Kruik
    April 21, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    Kare, I am often caught dancing when I in my seat when I eat yummy food. Todd makes fun of me , because I don’t even realize I am doing it, it just happens. I am sure these calzones would make me dance!

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      Meg van der Kruik
      April 22, 2014 at 1:48 am

      shoot…I shouldn’t type so fast when I am thinking about calzones! What I meant to say was:
      I am often caught dancing in my seat when I eat yummy food.
      Geez! Haha!

      • Reply
        Kare Troughton
        April 22, 2014 at 11:08 am

        I totally understood it the first time! πŸ˜€ Hee hee. πŸ™‚

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    Helen @ Scrummy Lane
    April 22, 2014 at 1:59 am

    These look and sound wonderful. I’ve been making my own pizzas over the last few years and loving it so maybe now’s the time to branch out with a calzone. And hey, nothing wrong with rustic!

    • Reply
      Kare Troughton
      April 22, 2014 at 11:07 am

      Mmm, I love homemade pizza. A couple of years ago we started Friday night pizza night and we will never go back to anything else on Fridays!

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    Elisa @ Insalata di Sillabe
    April 22, 2014 at 6:23 am

    I’m a big fan of calzones, too and trust me when I say yours, in these pictures, look incredible! Now I can’t wait to go make some myself…well, I think I’ve found what to make for dinner tonight!

    xo, Elisa

    • Reply
      Kare Troughton
      April 22, 2014 at 11:07 am

      Thanks, Elisa! I hope you love them. πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Constanza
    April 22, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Hi!! just a thing! Calzones in spanish means underwear, are the panties. The correct word is Calzzone. And there are with a lot of diferent fillings like bacon cheese, meat and onion, shrim cheese, and they are called Empanadas in Chile.

    XOXO!

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    Layla @ Brunch Time Baker
    April 22, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    This looks so yummy! Can’t wait to try em.

  • Reply
    Lily (A Rhubarb Rhapsody)
    April 23, 2014 at 12:35 am

    Those are my absolute favourite pizza topping combinations. Like pretty much any pizza I make will be topped with those. Stuffing a calzone with them sounds heavenly.

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    Rebecca @ it's a nourishing thing
    April 23, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Calzones! They look awesome! I have never thought of making them myself at home. Great idea!

  • Reply
    Courtney
    April 23, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Ever since we trialed pizza for my daughter with multiple allergies she’s been addicted. I’m sure she’ll love this at home πŸ™‚

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