Who doesn’t love a calzone warm from the oven filled with gooey cheese and sauce. My gluten free calzone are a family favorite! The whole family gets their hands floured for this dinner adventure. Cook alongs are fun, and the kids can personalize their own. A perfect meal for my picky eater.
Place the dry ingredients in a large bowl and give them a stir. A stand mixer will work as well, but I like to mix it by hand. My Etsy store conveniently has the dry mix already measured out for you 🙂 Add in 2 tablespoons of good olive oil and 1 1/2 cup of water. Stir the dough until it is all combined. Cover with a towel and allow to rest for about an hour. The dough won’t really rise much, but the flavor is developed and it will give you time to prep your fillings.
The fillings really make the gluten free calzone delicious. Anything goes here! Pull out your leftovers, grate up some cheese, literally anything works. Our favorites are the classic tomato sauce and cheese (lactose free of course – look at Kraft brand) and potato and cheddar cheese (Kraft or Cabot are among the lactose free brands). Leftover chicken was added to our sauce and cheese calzones. Try adding ham (Applegate), spinach, fresh herbs, ground beef or turkey. Have fun creating new combinations. favorites!
Flour the counter top or board with a little gluten free flour. Next, remove the dough from the bowl and center it onto your floured board. Roll out the dough to about a 1/4″ thickness. I used a cookie cutter to cut the calzones. However, a thin sided glass would work just as well. Brush the edges of half of the rounds with a little beaten egg, this will help the two sides adhere. Leftover dough can be rerolled to make more! Time to fill! Start with a little sauce (about a tablespoon or two) followed by the cheese, chicken or spinach etc.
Be careful not to overfill, that could lead to an explosion. Although, I’m sure it would still taste good. Next, carefully lay the second circle over the top, pressing out any extra air and seal the edges. Finally, use a fork to crimp the edges to permanently seal them. Transfer the calzones to a prepared baking sheet. Give the tops a brush with the egg wash. Additionally, if you feel fancy, sprinkle with a oregano, course salt or parmesan cheese. Oven should be preheated to 350 degrees.
Bake the gluten free calzones for 15-20 minutes, until they are golden brown. Yummm
Make ahead snack idea
Finally, my tip of the evening is using these gems for quick snack or meals. Freeze the leftovers in freezer bags. Pop them into the toaster (recommended two toastings) for a great and easy after school snack. It works great! I always have a stash in the freezer.