"The Gnat Brat" Calzone

Posted by Unknown Friday, June 10, 2011
Taste Level: GR
Cost: $20 and under
Serves: 2-4
Prep Time: 40-45 min.
Cook Time: 35-40 min.
Difficulty: 2

We had my sister over for her Birthday for Calzones and she made it clear that she did not want any meat by saying, "I don't want any meat with my pizza!" I thought about putting meat into the calzone anyway since it was not a pizza because that seemed like the big brotherly thing to do... But I decided I would save that sweet act for another day.

I had just gone shopping for three different calzones that all were to have meat, so I had to improvise with what we had!  Enjoy!

(For instructions on how to make your own sourdough calzone skin check posting dated 7/7/09.)

1/4 cup baby spinach
1/4 cup red onion (chopped)
2 tbsp cup green bell pepper (diced)
1/4 cup portobello (chopped)
1 tbsp sun dried tomatoes (diced)
1/3 cup fresh mozzarella (shredded)
2 tbsp cup sharp provolone (shredded)
1/4 cup ricotta
1 tbsp blue cheese (crumbled
2 tsp fresh basil (chopped)
1 tsp white balsamic
fresh crack pepper (to taste)

Brushing Sauce
1 tbsp butter (melted)
1/4 tsp garlic powder 
fresh crack pepper (to taste)

Calzone Skin
2 tbsp Neufchatel Cream cheese
2-3 tsp jalapeno (seeded, diced)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Tossing dough
What works best for me is I strongly throw the ball of dough down on a solid flat surface covered with a piece of wax paper until it is large and flat enough for me to easily balance on top of both of my fists. Then I make an X with my arms keeping my fists close together (backhand to backhand, the dough atop of them both) and I fling the dough upwards with my fingers as I simultaneously bring my arms quickly parallel (palm to palm) about 3-4 inches apart. As the dough falls I remake my fists and catch the dough atop them again in the X position and repeat until the dough has formed a 12 inch thin crust (stretch into an oval.)

(Alternately you can lay dough on a solid flat surface covered with wax paper and squish flat with hands. Roll into a ball and slam the dough down onto your solid flat surface covered with a piece of wax paper. Using your fist mush the dough down repeatedly as if you were punching it softly but firmly (this helps get any air bubbles out of it.) Now using your finger tips press and stretch dough until you have formed a 12 inch spherical calzone skin.

Brushing Sauce
Melt 1 tbsp butter, mix with fresh crack pepper and 1/8 tsp garlic powder.

(Optional Crust Filling)
Mix ingredients together in a small bowl.

Toss all calzone ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.

Sprinkle corn meal onto a baking sheet and lay skin on to it. Evenly spread around mixed ingredients over one half of the calzone skin about an inch from the edge.  Fold uncovered skin over covered half and align the edges. (If using optional crust filling evenly spread mixture over the top outer edge before folding and twisting into the crust.) Fold and twist edges together from right to left until calzone is sealed (I tuck the last twist under the calzone for appearance.) (Make a few slits in calzone for venting if wanted.)

Place calzone on baking sheet lightly coated with corn meal. Arrange your oven racks to where they are on the upper and lower thirds of the oven. If you are using a baking stone as we do place it directly onto the floor of a preheated oven for 45 minutes(but you will be less likely to ruin your pizza stone if you place it on a rack at its lowest position.) Place baking sheet with calzone on the top oven rack and bake for 20 minutes, move calzone on baking sheet to lower rack, brush with butter mixture, then slide calzone onto pizza stone, brush with butter mixture and continue to cook for 15-20 minutes or until bottom is crispy and top is golden brown. Slide calzone onto a cutting board or baking sheet and slice into 4 pieces and serve hot with marinara or your favorite dipping sauce (ranch dressing, honey and olive oil with balsamic and fresh cracked pepper our our favorites.) Enjoy!


  1. flourtrader Says:
  2. You certainly did not need meat to make this delicious-I love the veggie filling. Also,I would have to have the optional crust filling-yum! I am not sure I would have the nerve to toss my pizza dough-maybe its the "flinging" part that scares me. thanks for sharing-buzz

  3. Francis Says:
  4. You should never be afraid to toss your dough! Just be sure the floor is clean beforehand, sometimes the dough lands there in lieu of your hands haha!
    Thanks for reading.


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