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Cherry Tomato Calzones

 

 

Utilize fresh garden cherry tomatoes to make these homemade calzones the entire family will love.

Cherry Tomato Calzones | Carrie's Experimental Kitchen Utilize fresh garden cherry tomatoes to make these homemade calzones the entire family will love.

It’s only July and my cherry tomato plants are growing in overdrive. It must be all of the rain we experienced in June. In any event, I’m already trying to create recipes utilizing tomatoes so that they don’t go to waste. Like that would ever happen, but I still wanted to experiment with something new and came up with these Cherry Tomato Calzones.

A calzone is a type of pizza that contains a filling, is folded in half then baked and originated in Naples, Italy. A traditional calzone is filled with meat; usually salami or ham, ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. I’ve made a Ham & Cheese Calzone here before, but haven’t made any calzones since April 2012. That goes to show you how often I make these and it’s not because they don’t taste good…they’re phenomenal! I guess I just forgot about them.

Cherry Tomato Calzone

I generally purchase frozen pizza dough or buy dough from my local pizzeria since I live in NJ; outside of NYC and this area has the best pizza.  Seriously. I have even had pizza delivered to my mother in Florida and friends in Texas when they’re craving the good stuff. I guess I could make my own dough one of these days, but whenever the mood strikes for pizza it’s just easier to order out or use their dough instead. Besides, it’s cheap and saves time too!

Cherry Tomato Calzone

Anyway, back to these Cherry Tomato Calzones. For the inside I used a mixture of ricotta cheese, shredded mozzarella cheese, fresh rosemary, garlic and halved cherry tomatoes. Simple ingredients…gotta love it. Here is what you have to do:

  1. Start with two balls of dough and cut each in half so that you will have a total of four dough balls. Stretch each pizza dough ball out until it is about 1/4-inch thick. I generally place it on a hard surface, add a bit of extra virgin olive oil; then use my hands to stretch it out.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the mozzarella, ricotta, rosemary and garlic. Mix well.
  3. Divide the cheese mixture into four portions and spread each portion of cheese onto half of the pizza dough round; then top with eight halves of the cherry tomatoes.
  4. Fold the dough over in a half moon shape so that it covers the cheese and tomatoes; then seal the edges shut by pinching the dough together with your fingers.
  5. Spray cooking spray on a baking sheet, place each of the calzones; then spray the top of the calzones. (You can also brush on extra virgin olive oil if you don’t have cooking spray.)
  6. Bake for approximately 10 minutes or until dough is puffed up and lightly brown.

Cherry Tomato Calzone

These meatless Cherry Tomato Calzones were delicious and so filling and the family really enjoyed them as well. My first instinct was to add basil instead of rosemary, but I was out of that. Swapping fresh herbs really changes the flavor of your recipes and gives them a unique twist. These can also be made as a Stromboli if you’re looking to feed a crowd or want to use this as an appetizer. You would only need one pizza dough instead of two; however, the filling you would use the same since you will be covering the entire dough.

  • Leave the dough whole and stretch out as mentioned above.
  • Mix filling and spread it across the dough leaving a border around the edges; then add your tomato halves.
  • Roll up the dough into a log, pinch the ends, spray with cooking spray then bake. When it’s done, you can slice it into smaller portion sizes.
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Cherry Tomato Calzone
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Cherry Tomato Calzones
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
Utilize fresh garden cherry tomatoes to make these homemade calzones the entire family will love.
Course: Main Entree
Author: Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
Ingredients
  • 2 in Pizza Dough Balls cut half to make 4 balls
  • 1 c . Shredded Mozzarella
  • 1 c . Ricotta Cheese
  • 1 tbsp . Fresh Rosemary chopped
  • 1 Clove Garlic chopped
  • 12 Cherry Tomatoes halved
  • Cooking Spray or Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Start with two balls of dough and cut each in half so that you will have a total of four dough balls. Stretch each pizza dough ball out until it is about 1/4-inch thick. I generally place it on a hard surface, add a bit of extra virgin olive oil; then use my hands to stretch it out.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the mozzarella, ricotta, rosemary and garlic. Mix well.
  4. Divide the cheese mixture into four portions and spread each portion of cheese onto half of the pizza dough round; then top with eight halves of the cherry tomatoes.
  5. Fold the dough over in a half moon shape so that it covers the cheese and tomatoes; then seal the edges shut by pinching the dough together with your fingers.
  6. Spray cooking spray on a baking sheet, place each of the calzones; then spray the top of the calzones. (You can also brush on extra virgin olive oil if you don't have cooking spray.)
  7. Bake for approximately 10 minutes or until dough is puffed up and lightly brown.

 

Utilize fresh garden cherry tomatoes to make these homemade calzones the entire family will love.


5 Comments

  1. Beverley
    July 11, 2015 at 4:36 pm - Reply

    I can’t tell you how excited I am about making these! Carrie you have such a great way of putting recipes together xoxo

  2. Reduceri online
    July 13, 2015 at 11:09 am - Reply

    It looks very tasty!

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