December 7, 2009


Gluten Free Calzones

calzone on plate     
I had to eat there one last time.  3 Brothers was my favorite Italian restaurant, and  I had eaten there for years.  My dad often went there on his lunch break, and they knew him by name.  I loved their pizza, but my last meal there was a spinach calzone.  I really loved their calzones, so before my endoscopy and celiac diagnosis I feasted on one.  I’ve never been back, but I still remember the food.

Not long ago I was thrilled to try Gluten Free Mom’s calzones which I wrote about in this post.  They were great, but when I made them again recently, I decided to tweek the recipe.  I was pleased with the results.  These made a perfect Friday night dinner and took the place of our usual pizza.

Gluten-Free Calzones

Preheat oven to 400
Using a whisk, combine the dry ingredients in the bowl of your mixer.  Add the olive oil and water.  Mix until the dough is sticking together like this:
calzone dough
Gather the dough together and form a ball.   Place it on a mat, board, wax paper, or parchment paper that is sprinkled with rice flour.  Only a little is need. 
calzone dough ball
Roll the dough out to about 1/8 inch thickness.  Then use a round bowl turned upside down to cut circles from the dough.  Just press the bowl down firmly.  Mine was slightly smaller than 7 inches in diameter. 
calzone dough rolled out
You have to keep regathering the dough and rolling it to use it all up.  The cut circles I placed on a plate with pieces of wax paper between them.
calzone dough stacked
Once all the dough has been cut, you are ready to make the calzones.  Place a little pasta sauce, meat, and cheese on one half of each circle.  Leave space around the edges, and don’t overfill it.  Dip two fingers in water and run them around the outside of the circle, then fold it over and press the edges together.  The water will help the dough stick together and seal.
calzone filling
Place the calzones on a baking sheet and brush the tops with a little olive oil.  Then sprinkle the tops with a little bit of coarse salt.
Calzones on tray
Place the baking sheet in a 400 degree oven and bake for 20 – 25 minutes.  Top each calzone with additional pasta sauce before serving.


This sounds like an awesome dinner! I've never had a calzone before. It would be amazing stuffed with veggies!
Wow Linda, This looks perfect and delicious!!
Those look SO good!

I have been missing calzones since I went GF and these look yummy! Do you think that you could make these ahead and freeze them? I wonder if you would need to bake before or after... Hmmm...
Linda, have I told you that I love you? I've made GF pizza several times (and what a joy that is) but never considered calzones! OMG, these look amazing. I think I would like mine stuffed with ricotta and spinach. Yum. Definitely going to make this soon. Thank you so much!
Oh my gosh---these look like heaven to me! Thx for the recipe!

Do you have any tips/tricks for dealing w/holiday gatherings and navigating work holiday parties being GF? This is my 1st Christmas GF and it is really hard at work because no one understands and I get the "why do you care what sort of mayonnaise the deviled eggs are made with?"
Those look great!!
Those look absolutely delicious! I'm definitely trying this recipe. Thank you so much for sharing!
These look great, and even better, the recipe seems pretty easy to make! I have always loved calzones!
Michelle - I haven't tried freeezing them, but I don't see why it wouldn't work. I think I would bake them first, but it would be interesting to try it both ways. Let me know if you do give it a try.
Jill - You might find some help from the comments on this post:

When going to parties, you might want to take some extra snacks for yourself. You can try educating people, but if they don't listen, just eat the food you know is safe.
There's nothing like making an old favorite gluten free and having great success! I will try this recipe in the new year for sure. :-) I think I mentioned to you that I made stuffed pizza (sort of accidentally) the other night and we really enjoyed it.

Thanks, Linda!

My son has been craving calzones... I can't wait to make these for him. Thanks Linda!
These are delicious! I made them for dinner tonight. Since I can't have dairy, I omitted the cheese. I put sausage, pepperoni, spinach and tomato sauce in mine. I made a 'real' pizza for the rest of the family just in case these weren't very good.
I was planning on freezing a few to see how they turned out, but, alas, I only have pizza left over and no calzones!
The dough was beautiful to work with. I can't wait to try some of the other recipes on your site.
Thank you so much!
Sherron - I"m so glad you liked them. Thanks for letting me know and for sharing how you made yours dairy free.
I have GOT to try these! Wow, Thanks!
I froze some last week and tried them yesterday. I just heated them in the microwave for one minute each. I found that the edges were a bit tough and dry, but the rest of it was as good as I remembered when they were fresh.
I'm totally trying these. Great alternative to pizza Friday.
These calzones are excellent. Definitely a keeper recipe. Thanks for sharing.
I made these tonight and even rolled a piece of dough into a pizza. It made good calzones and amazing pesto pizza.

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