Dad’s Calzone


My Dad makes the absolute best Calzone in the world. After much practice I feel like I’ve finally come close to an acceptable mastery of this recipe. This is the same recipe that my Dad uses so it has the potential to be absolutely incredible.

I believe the keys to making this recipe amazing is in the fact you don’t use marinara sauce in the calzone and the cheese sauce. The cheese sauce is what really makes this recipe delicious. You should include it in the calzone and also on top of the finished product. This make it super cheesy and will delight your taste buds.

Typically I make a loaf of pizza dough in my bread maker. This provides an excellent base for this recipe and also makes prep pretty easy. If you don’t have a bread maker you can simply make (or purchase) your favorite bread dough to use. Be sure to sprinkle it with plenty of garlic salt to really amp up the flavor.

Dad’s Calzone


  • 1lb Prepared Pizza Dough
  • Mozzarella and Parmesan
  • Pepperoni
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter (melted)
  • Garlic Salt
  • Cheese Sauce:
  • 4oz Cream Cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2 Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 Cup Velveeta Cheese (cubed)
  • ½ Cup Parmesan (shredded)
  • Marinara Sauce for dipping

Preheat the oven to 375 and grease a cookie sheet.

In a microwave-safe bowl combine all of the ingredients for the cheese sauce. Microwave in 30 second increments until the sauce stirs smoothly.

Stretch the prepared dough into a large rectangle. Spread half of the cheese sauce on half of the dough.

Top with your chosen toppings and cheese.

Fold over the dough and crimp the edges shut. Top with the melted butter and garlic salt. Cut slits into the top.

Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the dough is golden brown.

Serve with marinara sauce and cheese sauce for dipping.