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Christmas Calzone

By Feng Chen

Christmas Calzone

Christmas Calzone

What's more festive than combining pizza with Santa? @leopardcrust does it best with this Christmas Calzone.


Time: 20 minutes + dough prep time 

Serves: 1-2 people 

1x Dough Ball 

San Marzano tomatoes sauce (recipe) 

Basil sauce (recipe) 


Parmigiano Reggiano 



1x Black Olives 

1x Cherry Tomato 

Olive Oil 

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Step 1:

Preheat your Gozney Roccbox or Dome to 350°C/650°F. Prepare the ricotta by mixing it in a large bowl with a pinch of salt, then whipping for 1 minute until fluffy. Transfer into a piping bag or Ziploc bag. If using a Ziploc bag, seal the ricotta in the bag, press ricotta towards a bottom corner, then cut a small hole in the corner to make a piping bag.

Step 2:

Press the dough out into an evenly flat circle.

Step 3:

Being careful not to overstuff your calzone, scatter a few provolone chunks and grated Parmigiano Reggiano over one half of the dough. Spread alternating stripes of tomato and pesto sauce on top of the cheese. Season with a pinch of salt.

Step 4:

Fold the dough over and tightly crimp the edges to form a secure seal.

Step 5:

On one half of the calzone, spread a thin layer of tomato sauce to the edges of the dough (this will be Santa’s red hat). Use a fork to poke small holes in the sauced area of the dough.

Step 6:

Lightly flour the front edge of your launch peel. Using both hands, pinch each end of the calzone and drag it onto the front edge of the peel, forming a crescent shape.

Step 7:

Allow the calzone to bake in the oven with the flame switched off for 1 minute. Ignite the oven and set to the lowest flame setting. Rotate and bake the calzone until it is the colour you like.

Step 8:

Once cooked, remove from the oven and decorate with ricotta to create Santa’s hat and beard. Place on black olives for eyes and a cherry tomato for the nose. Chuckle at your creation and enjoy!

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Feng Chen

Feng Chen aka @leopardcrust is the queen of making the most imaginative pizzas, famous for their perfect leopard spotted crusts.


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  • Love the oven and have asked for it for Christmas! Hope Santa comes through!

    Kate Rines on

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