August 19, 2012

Shortcut Calzones

 Are you ready for a super simple "semi homemade" calzone recipe?
I needed some ideas to use up my bag of frozen roll dough.  I swear, even if they aren't expired, after a while the rolls won't rise right or taste right.  Does that happen to anyone else??? So, I try to use them up fairly quickly.  Since I prefer making homemade rolls, I don't use the frozen kind very often unless I am making my favorite Orange Rolls or my Mom's Parmesan Rolls . . . and now these calzones.  We have already made them several times and they are the perfect size and they taste SO GOOD!
All you do is get out some frozen roll dough, allow them to thaw and roll them out a bit
Fill with toppings
Fold over and pinch edges shut with a fork
Brush with egg wash and bake

Now, everyone in your family can be happy, because they can create their own little calzone with whatever fillings they want.  No giving in to adding pepperoni or salami, because Dad likes it.  Or mushrooms, because Mom likes them.  Nope, not anymore.  You can have WHATEVER you want.  I experimented with several different versions.  My favorite is still ham, cheese and chopped bell pepper!!  

Shortcut Calzones
From: Jenn@eatcakefordinner
(Printable Recipe) or (Printable with Picture)

10 frozen Rhodes rolls
pizza sauce
whatever toppings you desire (meat and/or veggies)
shredded cheese (We like Cheddar and Parmesan)
beaten egg
Italian seasoning
garlic powder

Place frozen rolls on a baking sheet, cover with a tea towel and let thaw and rise 2-3 hours.  When rolls are thawed and risen, preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface.  Top each dough circle with pizza sauce, desired toppings and shredded cheese, trying to leave a small border around the outside.  Pull empty half up and over and crimp edges shut, using a fork.  Brush the top of each with a beaten egg and sprinkle with some Italian seasoning and garlic powder (or Johnny's Garlic Spread if you have it).  Cut a few slits on top of each pocket and  place onto a lightly greased baking sheet.  Bake 10-15 minutes or until nice and golden and crispy.  Serves: 5   

Jenn's Notes: I recommend filling the pockets a little fuller than you think with toppings, because it won't seem like as much after they are baked.  You can use the traditional toppings for pizza or you could create a gourmet style like cheeseburger, taco, BBQ chicken or chicken alfredo.  

idea from: The Pioneer Woman 


  1. I love quick and easy recipes. This is just perfect for me.

  2. I'm adding these to my menu next week!!! They look sooo good!

  3. totally happens to me..I think they get freezer burned or something.
    These look perfect!

  4. this is great! I was planning on making calzones for dinner Friday night and I have dough that needs to be used :D I'd love for you to share this and any other great ideas at the party I cohost

    1. Perfect Timing - let me know how you like them! - Jenn

  5. Yummy! I've never heard of Rhodes rolls. I"ll have to try those out. Thanks for sharing. Love from your newest follower, Whimsically Homemade!

    1. They are just a frozen roll dough. You can really use whatever brand your store carries. - Jenn