Friday, April 13, 2012

Caprese Calzone

Calzones are like these little pockets of love that some awesome Italian invented. Every culture has some version of a pocket of goodness. Samosas, meat hand pies, crepes(kind of?.) Whatever. Either way, I love calzones. This one came on a whim when I had leftover pizza dough and some veggies. I thought I had spinach so I was going to make a greek-zone after our friend Harold's favorite calzone at Mew's Tavern ( a favorite local watering hole.) Cute to my panic when I had no spinach. No worries. I had basil, mozzarella and tomatoes. Done. Caprese calzone.

This could not have been any easier to make and you can fill your calzone with anything. Toby suggested I impress all my readers ( all 136 of you lol) with a weave to seal the calzone. This was the first time I had done it and it was so easy! It makes the calzone look beautiful and it did not take any more time than simply folding it.

 I used cherry tomatoes for this recipe, but if you use regular size tomatoes cut them in half and squeeze out the seeds/juices so the calzone does not get soggy. I wish I stuffed my calzone a little bit more, but it was cheesy, fresh, and delicious. I brushed the top with some garlic oil, which of course is always a good idea!

What is your favorite calzone to eat or make?


1 package store bought dough ( I buy mine from a local bakery)
2 cups cherry tomatoes
1 cup mozzarella cheese
Fresh Basil
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
olive oil


1.  Let dough rise in a bowl with some olive oil for 30-60 minutes

2. Roll out dough and fill with cut up tomatoes, cheese and basil

3. cut the dough for the fancy weaving technique I did or simply fold over and seal and brush with olive oil

4. Put calzone in 400F oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

5. When done, let it sit for 5 minutes then cut and serve!


  1. YUM!

    I adore caprese! I can't even imagine how fabulous it is in a calzone!

  2. That last picture is so tempting...doughy, cheesy, tomato-y goodness!

  3. I'm sure this tasted heavenly and the braiding of the dough was great. I'd love to have a loaf of this right now :)

  4. I've never seen a calzone braided in such a pretty design!

  5. It was really good. Cheesy and tangy!! Fresh dough out of the oven is my favorite!!

  6. I have been pinning calzones all over pinterest! love the classic caprese combo!

  7. Never thought to braid a calzone. Looks good. My favorite fillings are bacon and onion. Or broccoli and ricotta. Or spinach and olive. Or, heck I have not had one I have not liked!