CNYEats A Taste of Utica Fresh Tomato Calzones

by Joanne on September 11, 2011

A folded over pizza by any other name. Meat or meatless, both versions offered here.


Posted by Mario, on page 133 of our book A Taste of Utica


Serves 4


These come out much better if they are cooked on a baking stone, or oil a large cookie sheet, not the insulated sheets (like airbake) for this recipe

  • 1 lb pizza dough
  • 3/4 lb ground beef, sausage, or pepperoni
  • 4 to 5 fresh tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 1 hot pepper (cherry pepper), fine chopped
  • 10 – 12 fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • grated Romano cheese (about 2 to 3 oz,or to taste)

Preheat oven to 450 F

Mix tomatoes, cheese, pepper, and basil leaves. Allow to stand while preparing the rest of the recipe.

Allow the dough to rise in an oiled boil, away from draft. Double in size.  *I used multi grain dough and it was tough to work with when forming the calzone (hence the holes).

Do not punch the dough down once it has risen.  Simply separate into half and turn into two 10” diameter circles.

Cook the meat and drain any fat.

Put one of the 10” dough circles on a plate.  Put half of the meat and half of the tomato mix in the center, spread around. Fold the dough over the filling and press sides together.  Do the same with the other half, leaving out the meat if you prefer meatless.

Bake 20 – 25 minutes or until brown.


We ate so much of these calzones, they were WAY too good.


For Ted’s meaty version, I used both 90% lean beef and 8 slices of pepperoni. He LOVED it!


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  • At 2011.09.11 07:54, chopinandmysaucepan said:

    Your calzones look really delicious! As a meat lover too, I would have piled on the salami too in addition to the beef mince! 🙂

    • At 2011.09.11 14:48, Joanne said:

      They were sooo good especially with the multi grain dough, even though it was harder to work with.

      • At 2011.09.11 17:09, mjskti said:

        Both of these calzones look fantastic! I love calzones with or without meat. Both work for me!

        • At 2011.09.13 17:07, Sophie @ LoveLiveAndLearn said:

          More delicious recipes to drool over!
          Those look amazing, I could eat one this minute 🙂

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