Food Friday : Homemade Calzones (Pizza Pockets)

baked calzone image

Last week Nick made us some baked Calzones, which are really just pizzas with the dough folded over and pinched shut, to form a crescent shaped pocket.

(We were actually calling them Panzerottis but after looking it up, I saw that Panzerottis are deep fried, rather than baked. But then I saw some fried Calzones too, so now I don't know! So I have called these Baked Calzones.)

He used the Bread-maker to make the dough but you can make your pizza dough by hand or buy it fresh/raw in the bakery section of your grocery store.

To make them : Roll or stretch your dough out to a circular shape in the size you want (smaller for individual pockets, and larger for pockets to serve two). Spoon some pizza sauce just off centre of your round, and then layer on your favourite pizza toppings, finishing with a handful of grated Mozzarella cheese. We used low-fat skim-milk cheese and you really hardly notice a difference from full fat. Our toppings included green peppers, onions, sauteed mushrooms, spicy artisan pepperoni, Kalamata olives and fresh basil leaves.

pizza toppings

rolling out pizza dough

sauce and onions

calzone toppings before the

calzone ready to fold over

forming calzone

homemade baked calzone

Then fold over the other side and pinch closed along the edge, forming a crescent shape. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake in a 350 degree oven for 35 minutes.

Eat with your hands like a sandwich or use a knife and fork. If you have extra pizza sauce, serve it on the side or poured over top.

Note : We made a double recipe, which made 4 large pockets, each of which was shared between two people. Two were put into the freezer (unbaked, freeze uncovered and then package after they're frozen) and were later baked in a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

Here is a recipe for Pizza Sauce ...

Homemade Pizza Sauce

Yield: About 2 cups


  • 6-8 very ripe tomatoes (try finding them in the 'quick sale' section of the produce section, where there are often tomatoes at a deep discount because they are very ripe. Those are perfect for this sauce.)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves of minced garlic, inner core removed first.
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • pinch of sugar
  • 1 teaspoons each dried oregano and basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried hot pepper flakes (if you like it spicy)


Cut tomatoes in half (across the grain) and lightly squeeze out juice and seeds, reserving the liquids for another purpose or drink them (they're good and good for you!).

Chop tomatoes.

Heat olive oil in a heavy saucepan and saute onion and garlic for about 2 minutes, stirring so they don't burn. Add tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes. Add seasonings and continue cooking until the right consistency is achieved. Puree with an immersion blender.

cutting calzone

baked calzone 2

baked calzone

Happy Friday!
xo loulou
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10 Responses to Food Friday : Homemade Calzones (Pizza Pockets)

  1. Daisymay says:

    OMG that looks super super yummy and fairly simple too, bet my hubby would love it!
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  2. Yum! These look incredible. We haven’t made calzones for ages, but I will have to show my husband your pics to entice him to make them! :)

  3. Jenny Lee says:

    These look amazing. Why don’t I make these? I can even buy fresh dough at the supermarket right down the street! Thanks for the inspiration.

  4. Jenee C. says:

    This is such a good idea! I bet it’ll be a lot less messy for my kids to eat than regular pizza too. Thanks for the great recipe.

    xx Jenee C.
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  5. Anonymous says:

    Hi, thanks for your comment on my blog. This calzone looks so delicious! I love mushrooms and pepperoni. Great photos too.

  6. omg YUM!!!!! MUST try this! keep the recipes coming please!!! xO!

  7. mama lola says:

    YUM! will have to try these one day (sans pepperoni as we’re veg), but i guess we can stuff ’em with what we like! my mouth is already salivating!!! haha!

    • Loulou says:

      Hi Lola! Yes you can put whatever you’d like in them. We are mostly vegetarians too but occasionally have a bit of meat, more as a flavouring than the main course, and that home-made spicy pepperoni was calling out to Nick when he saw it in the market! It was good in the calzone but really not an essential ingredient.

  8. shakti says:

    That looks sooooo dang good!

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