Once September hits I remember how much I love and look forward to football season. Of course this is largely due to rooting for our New England team and watching the games with our friends and family BUT I can't lie, the football food that we always whip up has something to do with my excitement as well. Our family is a big fan of all the football favorites- potato skins, dips, wings, all the works! But something that we never typically made but that I am so into now are calzones!
Looking back on it we have always been a pizza kind of family but now I have come to realize I had been seriously overlooking calzones. This calzone is the perfect football season, classic, quick and easy lunch or dinner. This calzone has just enough hot sauce for the not too hot buffalo chicken, as well as its fair share of cheese mixed in but not enough to make it too cheesy. I know, many of you are probably thinking how could it possibly be too cheesy? Trust me, I do love lots of cheese but something about too much melted cheese can really turn an almost perfect pizza or calzone into an overly greasy mess. This calzone achieves that perfect happy medium. Plus homemade blue cheese dressing - you can't beat that.
This is the same dough recipe from our previous pizza, flatbreads, and calzones that we've done before. I love this dough recipe and each time I make it I feel like its better than the last. We hope you fall in love with this easy dough recipe as fast as we did! It truly is the perfect go-to for any pizza or in this case, tasty calzone.
A quick note when making the dough, one of the keys is to ensure that your water is warm enough but definitely not hot. Wait for your yeast to bloom as always and then after that you should be good to go. Also, lightly greasing the bowl is a key step that should not be overlooked when placing the dough in the bowl to rise. I know waiting for the dough to rise can feel daunting but trust me it is well worth it.
So for your filling it is important that your chicken is pulled apart of course and also very moist. This is also why it is so important not to over-bake your calzone as you do not want the inside to become dry. As for the cheese I found that placing a small pile below the chicken and then sprinkling some on top of the chicken as well worked best to achieve the perfect bite throughout the whole calzone. Once all my filling is in there, I just fold the dough over and do a simple pinch along the opening to close up the calzone. Lastly, do not forget to make slits on the top of your calzone before popping each of them in the oven.
It is a simple calzone but in my opinion with a classic like buffalo chicken, you just have to stick to the basics. Plus, the homemade marinara sauce and blue cheese dressing give it that extra something. Personally, I am team blue cheese, but if you're a marinara fan I would fully support a dunk or drizzle of course too.
As tempting as it may be to just go into the fridge and grab some blue cheese dressing or marinara sauce that you got kicking around in there, trust us when we say that homemade makes all the difference. This blue cheese dressing has the classic blue cheese flavor and bits throughout but also has it's own special something with the lemon juice and white wine vinegar. The marinara sauce should definitely not be overlooked as the flavors are so much more bold and prominent than a store bought sauce. Although it isn't quite as speedy to make as the blue cheese dressing, I definitely suggest making both to see which homemade version calls your name.
Although it does take some time for the dough to rise, this recipe is so simple and easy to make. The perfect lunch or dinner to make for Sunday football. Get cooking and then dunk away and enjoy!
The fall, football season buffalo chicken calzone that you need- shredded chicken, lots of buffalo sauce, with homemade marinara sauce and the creamiest blue cheese dressing that will leave you dunking your calzone in for more!
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