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Whole Wheat Calzones

Whole Wheat Calzones

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 13 minutes
  • Total Time: 58 minutes
  • Yield: 8 large calzones or 16 small calzones 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

These Freezer-Friendly Whole Wheat Calzones are perfect for a quick lunch or dinner. One of our favorite recipes ever! Enjoy them for a weeknight meal and then freeze a bunch for easy lunches.


Ingredients

For Dough:

  • 1 cup warm water (110 degrees F)
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons (one 1/4 oz packet) Active Dry Yeast
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (Highly recommend using white whole wheat flour!)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Kosher salt

For Calzone Filling:

  • 1 pound Italian sausage, cooked OR 1 package uncured pepperoni, chopped (suggestion: Applegate Turkey Pepperoni)
  • 15 ounces, ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 11/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 whole egg, beaten
  • Marinara Sauce, for serving

Instructions

For Dough:

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine warm water, yeast, and sugar. Stir and let sit until the yeast starts to foam and bubble, about 10 minutes.
  2. Using the dough hook, turn the mixer on low and slowly olive oil, honey, salt and the flour in 1 cup increments until all is added. Once dough starts to form, increase speed to medium. Mix for 5 minutes, until dough is well combined.
  3. Dust the counter with flour. Remove the dough and knead on counter a few times to form a ball. Place dough in a well-greased bowl, cover loosely with a towel, and let rise for 30 minutes in a warm place. At this point, dough is ready to use for calzones or to freeze to use later.

For Calzone:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine ricotta, Parmesan, mozzarella, eggs, parsley, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper. If using pre-cooked Italian sausage or pepperoni, stir in now. Set aside.
  3. Grab a pinch of dough and roll into about a 2 inch ball (or desired size of calzone.) Roll out very thin, about 1/4 of an inch thick.
  4. Spoon 3-4 tablespoons (approximately) filling onto half of the dough circle, leaving a little room around the edges. (Do not overfill the calzone or it will split open while baking.) Fold half of the dough over itself, then press edges to seal. Use the back of a fork to make sure it’s sealed well. Then, poke a few holes with the fork in the top of each calzone.
  5. Brush surface of calzone with beaten egg, then bake on a parchment or foiled-lined baking sheet for 10-13 minutes, or until nice and golden brown. Serve with warm marinara sauce.

Notes

Freezer Meal Instructions:
To Freeze:
Cook according to instructions. Let calzones cool. Place in an airtight freezer bag or container. Freeze until ready to eat.
To Prepare:
Wrap frozen calzone in moist paper towel. Microwave on defrost setting until warmed through.