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Recipe Ann Martin Rolke

International Calzones

With all of the prepared sauces and shredded or crumbled cheeses that you can buy now, these calzones are a snap to make. They’re especially fun for a group of kids or even adults—each person picks the country they like and then assembles their calzone to order. You just need to have all the ingredients ready to go and lined up on a work surface, with flour to help roll out the dough. To roll out rounds of dough ahead of time, layer them between sheets of parchment or waxed paper, wrap well, and refrigerate until needed.

Serves a multitude

International Calzones

Ingredients for each calzone:

  • 8 ounces prepared pizza dough (unbaked)
  • All-purpose flour
  • Cornmeal
  • 3 tablespoons sauce
  • 1 cup total cheese and fillings
  • Olive oil


Preheat the oven to 450°F. Put a baking stone in the oven or line a baking sheet with parchment.
Roll out the dough on a floured surface to an even round about 9 inches wide. Scatter the prepared baking sheet or a pizza peel lightly with cornmeal. Transfer the dough round to the sheet or peel.
Using one of the suggested combinations or your own creation, layer the filling on half of the dough, keeping a 3/4-inch margin clear. Dampen your hands and “paint” the edges with water. Fold over the dough to enclose the filling and press the edges firmly closed. Use a fork or your fingers to crimp the edges. Use a knife to make 1 or 2 small slits in the top.
Bake 15 minutes, until the dough is light brown and puffed. Brush lightly with oil, if desired, and then cut and serve.

Tip: When using spinach or other greens, pack them tightly in a measuring cup since they will cook down in the oven.

Suggested Fillings


Tzatziki sauce
Sliced black olives
Feta cheese
Fresh spinach
Cherry tomatoes, halved
Shredded cooked chicken


Pico de gallo, drained
Canned refried beans
Shredded pepper Jack cheese
Sliced cooked chorizo/shredded cooked chicken
Chopped green onions


Peanut sauce
Chopped green onions
Shredded mozzarella/goat cheese
Fresh spinach
Shredded cooked chicken


Pesto sauce
Mixed shredded Italian cheeses
Sliced sausage/salami
Sliced black olives


Roquefort dressing
Minced garlic
Sliced mushrooms
Shredded cooked chicken
Shredded mozzarella cheese


Curry or masala sauce (not paste)
Fresh spinach
Diced cooked potatoes/cauliflower
Canned chickpeas, drained
Shredded mozzarella cheese

United States:

Marinara sauce
Sliced pepperoni
Sliced black olives
Mixed shredded cheeses
Sliced mushrooms


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