Sunday, May 15, 2011

Campfire Calzones!

While poking around some tag sales in Arizona this winter, I was fortunate to find (3) brand new, Rome, cast-iron pie irons for only $15. I immediately sold the small round one on ebay for $15.95 and still have the large double iron for sale, but I was anxious to see what I could do with the square single one I wanted for myself.

We love calzones like the ones we miss from Marchiano's in Philadelphia, but the ones we make at home just aren't the same. They seem to come out too doughy.

Once the pie iron is well seasoned nothing seems to stick to it. After you mix up the pizza dough, it's simply a matter of making a dough sandwich with whatever ingredients you like in between.

Just close the pie iron tight, and trim off the excess dough.

While I prefer to cook on some red hot coals, it doesn't seem to matter what kind of heat source you use. An open flame, gas grill or kitchen stove yields the same result.

Cooking time is just 5-10 minutes depending on whether you started out with a hot or cold iron. The crust comes out thin and crispy, the way we like it. We've also done corn muffins and buttermilk biscuits the same way. I'm sure we'll find other ideas soon.


  1. Now that is something I would like to try..
    thanks for posting about it.