It is a tradition in our family that every Friday we have an Italian dish. I have never been to Italy, but I fell in love with its traditions and food when I first tried it. When I was growing up I never heard about pizza and spaghetti in my country but now it is the most popular food at our house. I first tried calzone few years ago, we have a very cute little place in downtown Eustis Florida called “Stavros” this place makes excellent Italian food. Their Calzone are the best that I have ever tried. I decided to mimic the recipe but modify it a little making it Hawaiian Style Calzone.
This Calzone will make 5-6 servings, I use only halve of the made dough, the rest of it I use for making Parmesan Rolls.
- 1 ½ cup of warm milk
- 1 teaspoon dry instant yeast
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- 3 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
- 4 to 4 ½ cups all purpose flour
Hawaiian Calzone filling:
- ½ cup mozzarella cheese
- ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
- 4 ounces of ham and salami
- 4-5 tablespoons chopped black olives
- 4-5 tablespoons chopped canned or fresh pineapples
- 2-3 chopped mushrooms
- ¼ cup marinara sauce and some marinara sauce on the side for dipping Calzone
First you need to make dough.
In the large mixing bowl combine sugar and yeast, add warm milk and let it seat for 10 minutes.
It is ready when yeast builds foam.
Add egg, melted butter, and salt and slowly start adding flower mixing it at the same time.
Form a ball out of the dough, cover it with plastic wrap and let it seat for 1- 1 ½ hour until the dough doubles in size.
Divide your dough into two parts.
Roll your dough about ¼ inch thick.
Evenly distribute marinara sauce on top of the rolled dough.
Sprinkle mixed Parmesan and mozzarella cheese on top of the sauce.
Then layer your meats starting with ham first.
Add chopped mushrooms, olives and pineapple.
Start rolling your Calzone. First roll in one edge then repeat it with another until it is all rolled together.
Fold your Calzone in halve. Secure the edges.
Brush the top with olive oil and garnish with some Parmesan and dry basil.
Bake Calzone at 425F for 20 minutes.
Slice it into serving pieces and serve with marinara sauce on the side.