Monday, February 7, 2011

Broccoli and Cheese Calzones

I promised a third pizza dough recipe last week, but I got busy (and caught a cold), so better late than never!

Here's yet another recipe that you can make with Easy Pizza Dough.  I'll admit that I love this dough and it's versatility so much, that I've worked with it even more and I've made some improvements.  I'll leave the original flavor up on the blog, but I also plan to post a new version (with herbs and garlic) soon.

So far I've shared Pizza and Pepperoni Bread, all made with the same batch of dough.  Next up are these Broccoli and Cheese Calzones.  E and I spent many late nights eating calzones from D.P. Dough back in our college days.  We'd order these huge, cheesy concoctions and eat them way too late while we watched movies (on VHS) from Blockbuster.  We'd drink Tropicana Twister or Coca Cola.  Talk about old school.  We no longer eat like that.  I guess my metabolism was also old school because if I ate those calzones at that hour in 2011 I wouldn't be able to fit into my clothes on Monday!

These calzones are much more reasonable in size than the ones I enjoyed in college.  They aren't packed with too much cheese and they have plenty of vegetables.  E says they would be better with grilled chicken, so feel free to add some chicken breast if that's your thing.  If you're really on a healthy kick you can substitute half of the flour in the Easy Pizza Dough recipe for whole wheat.  I prefer mine with white flour, but do what works for you and your family.

I start with 1/3 of the original dough recipe.  I made a full batch of dough on Sunday and used it for three recipes throughout the week.  If your dough is ready to go this is a really quick dinner.

Divide the dough into two equal balls.  Roll each ball into a circle, about 8-10 inches in diameter.  Top the dough with cheese and broccoli.

Fold the dough over and seal the ends by crimping them with your fingers.  I like to sprinkle a little garlic powder on top before sliding the calzone in the oven.

Bake for about 20 minutes and you're ready to eat!

We like to serve ours with a side of hot marinara sauce for dipping. 

My recipe serves two, but if you have a larger group to feed, just use the entire batch of pizza dough to make six calzones.  Get creative... try sausage, pepperoni, onions, peppers, eggplant... whatever you like!

Broccoli and Cheese Calzones
a Keeley original
makes 2 calzones, serves 2

Easy Pizza Dough (use 1/3 of the finished recipe)
2 cups cooked broccoli
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
garlic powder (optional, for sprinkling before baking)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Divide pizza dough into two equal balls (Remember, this is for 1/3 of the Easy Pizza Dough recipe, if you are making more than two calzones, adjust accordingly).  Roll each ball into a circle, about 8 inches in diameter.

Top each circle with cheese and broccoli.  Keep the toppings on one half and then fold the dough over to cover the toppings.  Use your fingers to fold over and seal the edges.  Poke a few holes in the tops of each calzone with a fork.  Sprinkle tops of calzones with a light dusting of garlic powder, if desired.

Bake calzones for 20 minutes or until golden brown.  Serve hot with warm marinara sauce, if desired.


  1. This looks so much more manageable than the one I had this weekend. I probably gained 10lbs alone with all the cheese and pepperoni! This looks delicious and considerably more healthy! My problem with making things like this is that it doesn't pack well for work the next day, especially if there's no toaster oven in the office. So we end up sticking to rice, pasta and potato dishes we can microwave at work. Would love to see you write more on the subject :)

  2. Maddy, I agree 100% about leftover-friendly meals for lunch. We only make this one when we don't want or need leftovers. I'd love to do a lunch post soon because that's a huge consideration in my menu plannin.

  3. Yum!!!

    I'm coming over the next time you make this :)

  4. I'm going to have to give this a whirl. I'm thinking brocoli, garlic, and spinach. oh yes oh yes!


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