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Italian Folded Pizza: Calzone

The first food that springs to mind when it comes to Italian cuisine is usually pizza. Italian folded pizza is a dish that most of us heard little or never heard of. This type of pizza, also known as Italian folded pizza, is made by filling classic pizza ingredients into a folded pizza dough. It is known as Calzone in Italy, although this delicious pizza is called with many different names.


History of Calzone

Calzone recipe originated in Naples, Italy, which is also the homeland of pizza and dates back to the 18th century. So, what is Calzone and what does it mean? Calzone means long socks and trousers in Italian. It is estimated that this is called because of the shape of the pizza. Being in an easy-to-carry form has made it a preferred pizza type in a short time. Calzone is occasionally confused with Panzerotti due to its form and shape. However, the most important difference of folded pizza is that it is baked in the oven.


Folded Pizza Recipe

Calzone, which can be divided into varieties according to the ingredients in the inside mix, can be prepared to appeal to every palate. It is even possible to find Calzone with chocolate, chicken, spinach, hot dog, and sujuk. We're going to give you a classic Calzone recipe.


Ingredients for pizza dough:


  • 5 glasses of flour
  • 2 glasses of warm water
  • Half pack fresh yeast
  • Half tbsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. granulated sugar
  • 4 tbsp. olive oil


Ingredients for inside mixture:


  • 2 green peppers
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 glass Jr. SousChef’s organic tomato purée
  • Grated mozzarella cheese
  • Sujuk
  • Thyme, salt, black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil




Prepare the dough first for folded pizza. To do this, first mix 1 glass of warm water, fresh yeast, and sugar well. Add some of the flour, salt, and olive oil to the mixture and knead. Add the remaining warm water and flour gradually to obtain a soft dough. Separate the dough into lumps and allow it to ferment.


You can prepare the inside mixture. Heat the oil in a pan and add the diced onions. Then add grated garlic and roast until pink. Finally, cook thoroughly by adding finely chopped peppers and spices. Add the spices to the Jr. SousChef’s organic tomato purée in another saucepan, heat, and allow to cool. Spread the fermented lump in a circle with the help of a roller, spread 1 tbsp. tomato paste sauce on one side and add the inside mixture you prepared. Distribute sliced sujuk and grated mozzarella cheese on the inside mixture. Fold the blank part over the part with the mixture into a shape of D. Fold the edges of the dough upwards to give it a Calzone shape. Egg wash the Calzone and cook in a preheated 200°C oven until the top is roasted.


Note: You can use sliced salami, minced meat, or sautéed chicken instead of sujuk in the inside mixture. If you are a vegetarian, a delicious mixture of mushrooms, corn, or spinach is just for you!


Tricks for Calzone

You can cook Calzone from the recipe by paying attention to the tricks if you want to go beyond the usual recipes and add color to your kitchen and tables with new flavors.


  • It is very important that the dough is well kneaded and rested. It is ideal to knead your dough for at least 10 minutes and let it rest for 45 minutes.
  • The fineness of the dough is also one of the most important points. You should not spread your dough too thinly, otherwise, it may be punctured and the ingredients may spill. Also, make sure the dough is not too thick because it will not be cooked well and will leave a taste of dough in the mouth.
  • The freshness of the ingredients will affect the flavor at the same rate. Make sure the sauce you use is organic and fresh. At this point, Jr. SousChef’s organic tomato purée will be your healthiest and most delicious choice. Discover Jr. SousChef's organic sauces now, with the most natural companion of perfect recipes.