FOGO Pizzeria Part 2: Charcoal Fired Calzones
Ciao, bon giorno, welcome back to the FOGO pizzeria series part 2. I hope that you enjoyed the pizzas that we made last week. They are pretty simple and full of delicious flavor. This week we are making something a bit different, calzones.
If you’ve never had a calzone, you don’t know what you’re missing. It is basically a dough pocket filled with creamy ricotta cheese, some mozzarella, herbs and spices and whatever toppings your mind can dream up. It gets baked to a golden brown on a heated pizza/baking stone and is just a bite of heavenly goodness.
In this video, I made up 3 different types, one with pepperoni, one just cheese and the last with ham and pineapple. All three are favorites in our house and I’m sure that you’ll love them too. There are a few steps to making these and in the video, I’ll walk you through each step.
Every once in a while, we have a cooking fail occur. As you will see in the video, things don’t always work out the way that we would like. That is perfectly OK. The important part is to make the best of the situation and roll with the punches. Hopefully, we learn from our mistakes and do better next time. I purposely left this in the video because in my eyes, it’s important to know that everybody has a bad cook or an off day. Editing can really make anyone look like a professional but that’s just not how real life works.
I hope that you enjoyed the video and will try out your calzone making skills for yourself. As always, we would love to see what you create. Tag us in your social media posts. If you’d like to try your hand at calzones, follow these simple instructions, have some fun and enjoy your creations!
- Light your grill and set it up the same way you would to cook pizza and heat to 475-500°. Make sure to heat the pizza stone with the charcoal so it is nice and hot when you’re ready to cook.
- Mix your cheese together in a bowl. I like to do 50/50 with Ricotta and Mozzarella cheese. Add any fillings or toppings and mix thoroughly.
- Stretch your pizza dough on a well floured surface. Cut the dough into triangles based on how big you’d like your calzone to be.
- Just before you put the cheese mixture into the dough, I add the spices like the oregano, basil and garlic. Place your cheese mixture in the center of the dough triangle. Fold the dough over the top and pinch it to seal it closed. Use a fork to further seal it to ensure that it does not leak. Put the calzone over parchment paper, which will then be placed on the grill.
- Brush the egg over the calzone. Tear a small hole in the top of the calzone to release any steam so it does not explode on the grill. Caution- If you saw the video, you know this may happen despite your best effort! Grrrr
- Place your calzones (on parchment paper) on a hot pizza stone, and put a little bit of parmesan cheese and sprinkle garlic powder on top. Bake until the calzones are golden brown and the cheeses are bubbling. Remove the calzone from the grill and let them cool a bit before devouring them! Trust me, that cheese can be like molten lava….
Well, there you have it, charcoal fired calzones. I hope that you’ll try it out for yourself and find out how great these fairly simple treats can be. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different flavors and fillings. Some folks even like to mix a touch of nutmeg to their ricotta cheese for a nice added flavor.
Grazie and thanks for tuning in to the FOGO Life!
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