Spicy Chorizo Calzones

By Jessica Hylton - - Updated

These Spicy Chorizo Calzones baked up beautifully and crisply and created gorgeous shells for the meat, cheese and tomato sauce mixture on the inside.Spicy chorizo calzone cut in half on a table.

So we meat again!

 
Warning: this post may contain one more un-funny meat jokes that will hopefully keep you guys entertained as you wonder just how crispy the crust of these calzones are. P.S. It would be a miss steak not to try this.
 
OKAY I’M DONE.

A pack of chorizo sausage.

Caribbean Passion sent me some of their Diced Spanish Chorizo Sausage to give it a whirl, and to be honest, I didn’t want to do the traditional breakfast recipes that Chorizo is usually made for. I think this meat pairs perfectly with all sorts of carbohydrates and so I chose to pair it with calzones.

Crisp, cheesy, aromatic calzones. I’ve always had a love for Calzones, but the dough has always been too difficult to make it on a whim – and let’s be real, I don’t exactly plan most of my meals ahead of time! I found this amazing pizza dough recipe from Center Cut Cook that required only 10 MINUTES of resting time.

Diced chorizo in an unbaked calzone.

10 MINUTES? I’ve never heard of that. I was skeptical, but I am skeptical no more. These babies baked up beautifully and crisply and created gorgeous shells for the meat, cheese and tomato sauce mixture on the inside. I had mine sans chorizo of course but Mr. Jessiker Bakes said that it was pretty amazing. The chorizo comes already so well seasoned that I really only added red pepper flakes since he LOVES pepper.

The fact that he didn’t talk until he was finished was pretty significant as well. Oh, and also the constant mumblings of “mmmm”. And yes, it’s as crispy and delicious as it looks. I seriously wanted more of this. The best thing is that this recipe makes 4 (we had two the night before) and you can make just the dough, or you can make everything and freeze them until you’re ready for them.

Spicy chorizo calzones on a table top.

 

Spicy Chorizo Calzones

These Spicy Chorizo Calzones baked up beautifully and crisply and created gorgeous shells for the meat, cheese and tomato sauce mixture on the inside.
by: Jessica in the Kitchen
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Ingredients

DOUGH:

  • 2 1/2 teaspoons rapid rise yeast 1 packet
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

CALZONE INGREDIENTS (I seriously eye-balled it):

  • 1 pack of Caribbean Diced Spicy Chorizo Sausage
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
Instructions

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, combine water and yeast and stir until the yeast is dissolved.
  • Add in flour, honey, salt, and olive oil and use a wooden spoon to combine. Once the ingredients are well combined with the spoon, use your hands to knead the dough for a few minutes.
  • Form the dough into a ball, and let it rest for 10 minutes.
  • While your dough is resting, mix your chorizo with the tomato sauce, and seasoning (I heated them together but it doesn't really matter).
  • Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees.
  • Divide the dough into 4 equal pieces, sprinkle a little flour on your work surface and roll each piece of dough out so that it is very thin in the shape of a circle.
  • Divide the filling mixture evenly among the four calzones, placing the filling only along half of the dough. I added the cheese first, then the meat mixture on top.
  • Dip your finger in water and run it along the edge of the dough. Fold the dough over the filling and press the edges to seal it. Use a fork to make marks along the dough if you wish.
  • Spray a rimmed baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray and arrange the calzones on it.
  • Lightly beat an egg. Use a pastry brush to spread each calzone with egg. This will help the calzones brown nicely.
  • Place the tray in the oven and bake for 15 minutes, or until the tops of the calzones are golden brown.
NOTES
 
These Spicy Chorizo Calzones baked up beautifully and crisply and created gorgeous shells for the meat, cheese and tomato sauce mixture on the inside.

Nutrition

Calories: 616kcal | Carbohydrates: 70g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 2017mg | Potassium: 400mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 983IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 251mg | Iron: 5mg
by Jessica

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