Hot pockets filled with pizza sauce, mozzarella and meat? Yes please!
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When I was about 10 years old and my mom went shopping, especially somewhere like Costco, my 3 siblings and myself would hover around the deep freezer like hawks and pick off the ‘good stuff’ one by one.
The ‘good stuff’ of course was the giant double chocolate, lemon poppyseed and blueberry muffins, mini pizzas and then, of course, the pizza pockets.
No idea how they could afford all that stuff and we would eat it all up in a matter of days. I swear I spent a better part of my childhood rummaging into ‘the deep’ in search of a lonely frozen half muffin or stray box of pizza pockets.
I hadn’t touched a pizza pocket in years and years, since I discovered how terrible they were for you.
This Keto Calzone recipe will make you forget those pizza pockets ever existed!
These beauties are made with an almond flour dough and packed with pizza sauce, mozzarella and anything else you may want like ham, pepperoni, peppers or mushrooms.
They can even be made dairy free if you like, just omit the cheese from the center; the dough is dairy free!
I hope you love this Keto Calzone recipe as much as my family and I do!
What you’ll need
You won’t need a whole lot to make these Keto Calzones!
The dough is made with almond flour, xanthan gum, garlic powder, spicy spaghetti seasoning, water and olive oil.
I like to fill my Keto Calzone with pizza sauce, mozzarella and teeny tiny cubes of pepperoni, just like the pepperoni pizza pockets used to have when I was a kid!
Keto Calzone Recipe
Heat your oven to 375° and line a baking sheet with a non stick baking mat.
Shred the mozzarella and dice up the meat and/or veggies you have chosen, then combine in a bowl with the mozza and mix.
In a medium bowl combine the almond flour, xanthan gum, garlic powder and spicy spaghetti. Give it a whisk then add the water and olive oil.
Knead the dough until the almond flour has been completely worked in, then divide into four.
Lay a piece of wax paper down on your work station and plop one of the balls of dough in the center. Place another piece of wax over top then roll the dough out into a circle.
Remove the paper and cut the dough into a perfect circle. You can patch the dough, re-roll and cut again into a perfect circle. It should be between 6-7″ in diameter.
If the wax paper sticks to dough, the wax paper can be sprayed with avocado or olive oil spray.
Once the circle is ready, spread about 1 tbsp pizza sauce around the circle; leave about 1/2″ from the edge all the way around.
Place about 1/3 cup of the meat/cheese mix onto half of the circle, make sure it doesn’t go past the pizza sauce or past the half way onto the other side of the circle; you’re going to fold this little dude in half.
Once it’s all ready to go, fold the wax paper with the empty side of the circle right over so that the edges perfectly match.
Pinch the edges together, remove the top wax paper and fold up the dough edge, just once, to form a solid crust.
Place onto the prepared baking sheet and repeat with the other three.
Bake at 375° for 13-15 minutes until the edges start to brown.
Serve hot and enjoy!
Watch the whole thing go down:
Keto Calzone Flavour Options
There are so many delicious ingredients you can stuff into these Keto Calzones.
My favourite combo is pizza sauce, mozzarella and pepperoni.
What’s your favourite flavour of pizza? Try it all chopped up inside these yummy pockets of love!
Or you could try one of these combos:
- Vegetarian – pizza sauce, mozzarella, feta and mushrooms, peppers.
- Pesto Chicken – pizza sauce, mozzarella, chicken cubed and tossed in pesto and feta cheese.
- Ham and Pineapple – pizza sauce, mozzarella, ham and pineapple
- BBQ Chicken – Low Carb BBQ Sauce, mozzarella, chicken cubes and peppers.
- Meatlovers – pizza sauce, mozzarella, ham, bacon and pepperoni.
- Butter Chicken – fill the Keto Calzone with leftover Keto Butter Chicken and tomato and/or red onion.
Homemade Sugar Free Pizza Sauce
Have you ever made your own pizza sauce?
I used to always buy Rao’s pizza sauce not only because it is delicious, but because it is a good low carb choice. But at over $6 a jar, pizza night began to get a lot more expensive.
So I started to make my own. This Homemade Sugar Free Pizza Sauce takes 5 minutes to make and all you’ll need are some spices, tomato paste and water!
What to pair with a Keto Calzone
When I make these little pockets of love, I like to pair them with a salad or fry. Here are my favourites:
- Kale Caesar Salad with Cheese Crisps
- Bacon Wrapped Avocado Fries
- Mama Bear’s Garden Salad
- Avocado Fries with Chipotle Mayo
- Ranch Cauliflower Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cheddar
How to store Keto Calzones
You can store these in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. To reheat them, simply microwave for a couple of minutes or reheat them in the oven at 350°, covered in tin foil, until the internal temperature reaches 165°.
They also freeze really well! If you want to have a quick meal option, make a double patch and freeze them once they are cool.
Here’s how to freeze them:
Spread the calzones evenly throughout a baking sheet with a non stick baking mat, parchment or wax paper. Make sure none are touching.
Once they have been frozen completely, they can be packed into a freezer ziploc bag and stored in the freezer for up to 4 months.
If you plan on keeping them in the freezer that long, I recommend wrapping each Keto Calzone in a layer of tin foil before packing into a ziploc; this will help to prevent freezer burn.
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Keto Calzone Recipe
- ¼ cup pizza sauce
- 1 ¼ cup mozzarella
- 80 grams thick sliced pepperoni sausage
- see post above for other filling ideas
- Heat oven to 375° and line a baking sheet with a non stick baking mat.
- Shred the mozzarella and dice up the meat and/or veggies into small cubes, then combine with the mozza and mix well.
- In a medium bowl combine the almond flour, xanthan gum, garlic powder and spicy spaghetti. Whisk until fully mixed then add the water and olive oil.
- Knead the dough until the almond flour has been completely worked in, then divide into four.
- Place one of the balls of dough into the center of a piece of wax paper. Cover with another piece of wax then roll the dough out into a circle.
- Remove the paper and cut the dough into a perfect circle. You can patch the dough, re-roll and cut again into a perfect circle. It should be between 6-7″ in diameter.
- If the wax paper sticks to dough, the wax paper can be sprayed with avocado or olive oil spray.
- Spread 1 tbsp Pizza Sauce around the circle; leave about 1/2" from the edge all the way around.
- Place 1/3 cup of the meat/cheese mix onto half of the circle; make sure it doesn’t spread past the pizza sauce onto the outer edge and only cover half of the circle.
- Fold the wax paper with the empty side of the circle right over so that the edges of the calzone perfectly match. Pinch the edges together, remove the top wax paper and fold up the dough edge, just once, to form a solid crust.
- Remove the bottom wax paper to free the calzone and place onto the prepared baking sheet. Continue with the other three.
- Bake at 375° for 13-15 minutes until the edges start to brown.
- Serve hot and enjoy!