Are calzones better than pizza?

You probably know someone who has spent hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on a wood-fired pizza oven in a quest to make the perfect homemade pizza. Perfecting pizza at home is a laudable goal, because it means you can control all of the variables to end up with a pie that is exactly what you want. If you have struggled to make homemade pizza, Taste Cooking’s Lisa Ruland has a suggestion: make calzones instead. She extols the virtues of these delicious pockets of delightful dough and oozing cheese.

Ruland is definitely in the camp of calzone > pizza, mainly for the reason that calzones are easier to make at home. “The simple fill-and-fold method makes calzones a perfect entry recipe for beginner pizza makers, and a great pizza-adjacent alternative for experienced pizzaioli looking for a change,” she writes. Calzone filling possibilities are as endless as pizza toppings, offering infinite variety (a boon for households with picky eaters).

The EYB Library offers over 950 calzone recipes, with 121 of those available online. That’s more than two different calzones per week for an entire year! Here are a few member favorites to get you started:

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  • gamulholland  on  April 7, 2022

    If you asked Ben Wyatt on Parks & Recreation, one of my favorite TV shows ever, he would emphatically be on Team Calzone. 🙂

  • lean1  on  April 8, 2022

    Pizza Camp!

  • rankeny  on  April 8, 2022

    Definitely calzones, our go-to for school lunches and tolerant of whatever you have on hand. Teenager loves salami, anchovies, capsicums, fresh tomato, capers, red onion, and olives with mix of mozzarella, Parmesan, and bocconcini. Freezes well too so you can do several weeks in advance.

  • averythingcooks  on  April 9, 2022

    Based on last night’s fail to slide a 10″ round off my pizza peel, which meant I had to fold my pizza in half just to get it on the heated stone, I’d say calzone wins 🙂

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