I wanted to try a good gluten-free calzone recipe, and found a delicious one. Let it show for the record that I in no way hold Chebe Gluten Free Bread responsible for the debacle I have created in my oven.

Let me set the scenario for you all…  Hubby has just walked in the door at 6:30 p.m. from usual gridlock commute from hell.  He’s hungry.  He does not want another Hot Pocket for dinner.  Crap.  Thing 1 and Thing 2 are eating an oh-so-nutritious dinner of bow tie pasta, butter, and Parmesan cheese.  Oh, and Kixx cereal.  Finally, at 7:15 p.m. I decide to cook something for myself.  I’ve been reading blog posts about good results with Chebe pizza crusts and decided to give it a whirl.

This is where it all began to fall apart.

The kids were completely off their rockers tonight and the screeching was beginning to pierce my brain.  I think I must have read just part of the directions on the back of the package in between getting milk cups, a napkin, and a pickle (in no apparent order) for my family.

So I mixed up the ingredients for the pizza crust and happened to see that you can make calzones from this dough!!  I used to love, love,  love calzones, so I decided to make one for dinner.  It was only AFTER I put the calzone in the oven that I took the time to read ALL of the directions.  Apparently, I was supposed to separate the dough into four equal parts and make four calzones.
Um, I made one gigantoid calzone.  It was ugly and pretty much exploded in my oven.

I just had to take a picture to share because this, my friends, is the ugliest meal I’ve ever made.  What a train wreck…

On a positive note, the calzone was edible!  Albeit a bit chewy since the crust was like 12 inches thick, but after I sawed through it with my steak knife, it filled my tummy just fine.

Go ahead, laugh…you so know you want to!

If you’d like to check out some, ahem, successful Chebe creations, visit Sea at Book of Yum’s blog or Pete at No Gluten, No Problem.

Calzone Dough:

  • 1 package (7.5 oz) Chebe All Purpose Bread mix<
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tbsp milk or soy milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp Italian Seasonings
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder

Calzone Filling:

  • 1 cup gluten-free pasta sauce (of course)
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Various pizza toppings – (anything you like!)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Combine Calzone Dough ingredients in large bowl, beating the eggs before adding. Knead until you have formed a malleable ball of dough.
  3. Cut the dough into four equal parts, and separate.
  4. Combine the Calzone Filling ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir with a spoon until mixed evenly.
  5. For each dough ball, roll out into a 1/4-inch thick circle.
  6. Spread some of the pasta sauce on one half of the dough circle. Place spoonfuls of your calzone filling on top of the pasta sauce, and top with favorite pizza toppings. Don’t use too many toppings, or the calzone may become too full to seal!
  7. Using your hand, take the bare portion of the dough and gently lay it over the toppings. Close and press (crimp) the edges to seal the open side. Take a sharp knife and cut the excess dough outside the crimping edges.
  8. Place on baking sheet that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
  9. Spray with nonstick cooking spray and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with additional pasta sauce on the side for dipping or drizzled on the Calzone.