Gram’s Calzone with Sausage and Cheese

Gram’s Calzone, use a store bought or homemade pizza dough, stuffed with shredded mozzarella and Italian sausage then rolled sprinkled with more mozzarella and then baked to cheesy perfection.  The perfect appetizer or main dish.

Friday is usually pizza day in our house, from my Best Pizza Dough to this simple Calzone Recipe.

calzone recipe sliced on a wooden board

In early 1900’s my maternal grandfather emigrated to Canada from a little town in the South of Italy. He married a my grandmother a woman named Amelia, who was of Italian descent but born in Canada.

For 13 years I was able to enjoy all the wonderful food that Amelia would cook.  And cook she did, and bake.

I remember my father eating so many of her homemade eclairs and Cream Puffs.  But her pasta and her calzone were something else.

how to make calzone, sausage cheese mixture in a bowl, mixture spread on the dough and rolled up

On a recent post I made the Calzone that I have had here in Italy, after I received a message from my cousin saying “I don’t remember calzone like that, remember the one Gram made?”

And yes Janet, of course I remember the one our Gram made, because my Mom would make it too and I had the recipe.

She made her way a little different, instead of rolling the dough she would place one layer of dough on the bottom of a square pan add the filling and then place a second layer of dough on top.

up close easy calzone recipe

I actually made it her way at the beginning, the Italian liked it but said “too much dough”.  Then when I was in Toronto visiting, another cousin made this Calzone Recipe, but she made it rolled up!  Thanks Nina.

Calzone or Stromboli

  • The way my grandmother made her’s is the way to make a traditional calzone, since the stuffing is in the middle sandwiched between the dough.
  • Usually though it is stuffed with tomato sauce and mozzarella, an inside out pizza!
  • The way my cousin makes it is a typical Stromboli,  which is rolled.  And an interesting fact, a Stromboli was invented in the 1950s in the United States.

calzone roll up with a slice cut

So I started making this Sausage and Cheese Calzone the rolled up way and yes my husband agreed that this was the perfect Calzone Stromboli.

My Gram’s Calzone with Cheese and Sausage makes the perfect alternative to a regular Pizza night!   Buon Appetito!

a close up of a the calzone recipe sliced

up close easy calzone recipe

Gram’s Calzone with Sausage and Cheese

Gram’s Calzone, use a store bought or homemade pizza dough, stuffed with shredded mozzarella and Italian sausage then rolled sprinkled with more mozzarella and then baked to cheesy perfection.  

Course:

main dishes

Cuisine:

Italian

Servings: 6 servings

Calories: 439 kcal

Author: Rosemary

Ingredients

  • 1
    pound
    store bought pizza dough
    (1/2 kilo)
  • 2-3
    Italian Sausages (large)
    (remove the casing, approximately 2 cups chopped)
  • 1/2-1
    tablespoon
    fennel seed
    (optional)
  • pinch of salt
  • dash of paprika
    (I use a dash of hot pepper flakes)
  • 1
    egg
  • 1 3/4
    cups
    shredded mozzarella
    (200 grams, firm not fresh)
  • 1/4
    cup
    shredded mozzarella for the topping
    (30 grams, firm not fresh)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400° (200°) degrees.

  2. In a medium frying pan sauté the sausage, fennel (if using), salt  and paprika until brown, drain off fat and let cool. 

  3. When cool mix together the meat mixture, raw egg and mozzarella cheese (1 3/4 cups).

  4. Un roll the pizza dough (9×10″ / 24×26 cm) and place on a lightly greased cookie sheet , sprinkle with the sausage cheese mixture. Roll up, brush the top with a little olive oil and sprinkle with the 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella.

  5.  Bake in a 400° (200°) oven for approximately 15-20 minutes or until browned. Let sit 3 minutes then slice.  Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Gram’s Calzone with Sausage and Cheese

Amount Per Serving

Calories 439
Calories from Fat 207

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 23g
35%

Saturated Fat 9g
45%

Cholesterol 85mg
28%

Sodium 1064mg
44%

Potassium 137mg
4%

Total Carbohydrates 37g
12%

Dietary Fiber 1g
4%

Sugars 5g

Protein 20g
40%

Vitamin A
5.8%

Vitamin C
0.9%

Calcium
20.5%

Iron
15.8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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