Gluten Free Calzone Recipe

Gluten Free Calzone Recipe

This scrumptious pizza pocket recipe answers the call from my readers who have asked for two things: a gluten free calzone recipe and a gluten free Easter Pie recipe.

When you hear Easter Pie you might think I could be talking about coconut pie. Why not? Who doesn’t love a good gluten free Coconut Pie on Easter? I sure do!

But this savory version of gluten free Easter Holiday Pie is something altogether different, though arguably no less delicious.

gfJules gluten free calzones on tray

Carve initials into the top of each calzone for venting and to keep everyone’s individual stuffing choices to themselves!

 

By happy coincidence that this Italian tradition for Easter Holiday Pie (also called Pizza Rustica or Pizzagaina) involves something akin to a calzone (although it’s often baked in a baking dish like a “pie” or even a quiche), with a bottom and top crust, and a filling that ranges from ricotta and chopped, hard-boiled eggs to sausage, cheese and even sugar — probably about anything you want to stuff in it, like a good calzone.

If you’re more into a traditional full Easter Pie stuffed with meats and cheeses and bordered with a top, side and bottom crust, I urge you to hop over to my gluten free Stuffed Crust Pizza recipe which you’ll notice looks just like these traditional slice-and-serve, bake in a springform pan type savory pies. My gfJules Gluten Free Pizza Crust dough recipe or gfJules Gluten Free Pizza Crust Mix mix stands up to the rigors of this recipe deliciously!

gluten free stuffed crust pizza wedge

In my own experiments, I’ve most often opted for the traditional calzone shape, and I’ve given you the dough recipe and directions – fill it and bake it however you like. I’m telling you though, this is one of those recipes you may try for the first time at Easter, but you will return to again and again, with a potentially different filling each time throughout the year!

Covering gluten free calzone dough with another round of dough before crimping and baking.

 

This gluten free calzone recipe is so versatile and so delicious filled with nearly anything, that you could honestly serve it several times a week and no one would ever get bored. We’ve stuffed these pies with traditional pizza fillings, of course, but also with Indian dishes like lentils, okra, channa and masala vegetables; we’ve also simply used this dough as an excuse to get rid of leftovers in the fridge. If you can tuck it inside, I bet it’ll taste even better than it did the first time around!

baked gluten free calzone

Make these gluten free calzones larger and slice like a two-crusted pizza for sharing purposes. It’s fun to make this recipe lots of different ways.

baked gluten free calzone

And since these calzones are so handy and portable, don’t overlook any leftovers for lunch boxes! They make great travel food, too. No need to re-heat them, they’re great cold — like the cold pizza of our youths, such  great memories! And yes, I did just say that these gluten free calzones taste great cold! That’s because they’re made with my gfJules Flour or Pizza Crust Mix. It really does make all the difference folks. Trust me. Or just try it for yourself; tasting is believing!

gfJules gluten free calzone lunch

Leftover gluten free calzone ready for the lunchbox!

 

While I try to offer a from-scratch recipe for nearly every recipe on my site, this is definitely one of those recipes that’s way faster and easier using my gfJules™Pizza Crust Mix. If you do choose to use my mix instead, you have the choice of using half of the can or the whole can. If using half the can, only add 1/4 cup water, instead of the 1/2 cup called for on the package, if using half a can of mix; add 1/2 cup water if using the whole can of mix (in other words, use half the amount of water called for to make a pizza).

gluten free calzone gfJules.comHowever you make these gluten free calzones, make them soon. You’ll wonder where they’ve been all your life!

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Gluten Free Calzone Recipe

Yield: Serves 4
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Gluten Free Calzones or Easter Pie are a lot like the hot pockets of your past, tucking in your favorite fillings and making the perfect portable lunch, dinner or snack!

Ingredients

OR

PLUS

  • 2 egg whites (or 1 whole egg substitute like 1 Tbs. flaxseed meal in 4 Tbs. warm water)
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 4 Tbs. warm water
  • 2 1/4 tsp. rapid rise/bread machine yeast (Red Star® Quick Rise) - yeast packet comes with gfJules™ Pizza Crust Mix
  • fillings of choice (pasta sauce; cheese; meats; vegetables; etc.)

Instructions

If making from scratch, whisk together all dry ingredients except yeast in a large bowl.

Combine wet ingredients and add to the dry pizza crust mix or whisked dry ingredients, reserving some of the water. Slowly stir together, adding more water as needed to achieve a firm dough that can still be spread. Add the yeast and beat on high (with paddle attachment if using a stand mixer or using a wooden spoon) for 2 minutes.

Prepare a baking sheet by lining with parchment paper and spraying lightly with cooking oil. Set aside.

Prepare a clean counter or pastry mat by dusting with gfJules All Purpose Flour. Divide the dough into 4 separate portions. Scoop one portion onto the counter or mat, rolling in flour to prevent it from being sticky. Pat the dough out into an elongated disc, using the palm of your hand. The dough should be approximately 1/4 inch thick.

Scoop fillings of choice onto the center of the dough (do not mound the fillings high), leaving at least a 1-inch perimeter uncovered by fillings. Using a bench scraper or spatula, gently lift one half of the dough and fold it over itself to form a half-moon shape. Doughs like this one made with my flour are stretchy enough to allow you to pull the dough gently over the fillings; nonetheless, don’t let the dough get so thin that it tears.

Don't feel like you have to stick to the traditional cheese and pepperoni type fillings; we've even made breakfast calzones filled with scrambled eggs!

*Alternatively, to make larger calzones, mound extra fillings in the center of the dough, then cover that dough with another and seal around all four edges, instead of rolling the dough over onto itself to seal. Using this method, the recipe makes two large calzones.

Wet the edges of the dough by dipping your finger in water and rubbing it across the dough edges. Press the edges together to seal, then roll edges up slightly to form a rounded crust, if you like; transfer to the baking sheet.

Brush off the top to remove any excess flour; brush olive oil or mixed egg wash (1 egg mixed with 1 tablespoon water) over the top of the dough to help it crisp and brown. Cut two small slits in the top of each pocket to allow steam to escape (or make your initials!).

Repeat with remaining dough. Cover with a damp towel and let rise for 15 minutes in a warming drawer or oven preheated to 200º F then turned off.

Preheat oven to 425º F (convection) or 450º F (static).

Uncover calzones and bake for 20 minutes. Cooking time may vary depending on the thickness of your crust, but cook only until the dough is lightly browned and crunchy when you knock on it with your finger.

If a larger round calzone was made, cut into quarters to serve; if individual crescent-shaped calzones were made, serve as is or with more sauce for dipping.

Notes

This recipe may also be prepared as an Italian “Easter Pie” by lining a baking dish with crust, (be sure to leave enough crust to come up the sides of the pan and fall over the edge to allow a seal with a top crust) filling with desired ingredients, then sealing with another crust on top.

Brush with egg and water mixture and bake according to above directions; cook times will vary depending on the size of the pan and the depth of the fillings, but bake a minimum of 20 minutes, or until the top crust is lightly browned.

I hope you love this recipe as much as we do!

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Homemade Gluten Free Calzones are remarkably easy to make and so deliciously portable for lunch on the go or a real pizzeria experience at home!

Homemade Gluten Free Calzones are remarkably easy to make and so deliciously portable for lunch on the go or a real pizzaria experience at home! | gfJules
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    • Hi Marlene, yes, you can definitely make without a mixer. I’ve made the mix with a bowl and wooden spoon many times. 🙂
      ~jules

  3. Will these hold up in a deep fryer? I haven’t tried the recipe yet, but I’d really like to deep fry it to get close to my favorite from Jommy’s Grotto!

    • I think as long as you have the edges sealed well, it will definitely hold up to a deep fryer! I’m drooling already at the thought! YUM!
      ~jules

  4. Made these calzones for gf husband and a traditional one for me because I often don’t like gf bread products. Tasted his and next time i’m Going to just eat a gf one. They were that good. I needed a good bit more water than the recipe called for. Have made lots of bread and pizza in my day so I was able to get it right. Those less experienced working with dough might have a little trouble knowing how much to add though.

    • That’s quite a testament to how good these calzones are, Kathleen! SO happy you only need to make the gluten free ones next time! And yes, good that you knew to add more liquid if it was needed. Sometimes even the relative humidity of the day can affect recipes in some way, so it’s good you trusted your instinct!
      ~jules