Cheesy, Low Carb Calzones
Is anyone here new to the low carb lifestyle? Is anyone craving pizza and calzones? I know that when I started my keto diet, I was dying for a good calzone. It was one of my favorite foods before my keto days. I have found some amazing dinner recipes that are low carb and tasty but I still always crave calzones. That soft dough, that cheesy filling, that tomato sauce dip…I have to have it.
So, what does anyone with a craving do? Find a way to satisfy it. That is exactly what I did in order to get my calzone fix but stick to my keto ways. This recipe is the result and I know you are going to love it as much as I do. To all you new and longtime ketoers- get ready to enjoy a mouthwatering calzone once again!
The recipe starts off making a mozzarella cheese-based dough. Using cheese in the dough helps it stay soft and chewy, just like classic pizza dough. Of course, cheese is also one of the best ingredients for a keto diet. It is full of tasty fats and fats mean fuel!
The mozzarella, almond flour, and cream cheese are microwaves, mixed, and melted together to form a soft, cheesy blend. The egg and seasoning are added in and a pretty dough starts to come together. If you want to add a little more Italian flavor to your dough. Mix in a teaspoon or two of Italian seasoning, garlic powder, or dried basil at this point. It will really take your calzone to the next level.
Once the dough is made, it is rolled into thin pancake circles. I roll the dough between pieces of parchment paper to prevent it from sticking to the counter and rolling pin. It is a very sticky dough so you will want to do this as well. You will be able to roll the dough thinner when it’s between parchment too.
After making the dough circles, the calzones are ready to be stuffed. I stuck to basic fillings for this recipe, using cheese, keto tomato sauce, and ham. However, feel free to use any kind of filling you’d like! Add some bacon to the mix. Place a few leaves of fresh basil in the calzone. Or mix up a classic ricotta filling. As long as the ingredients are low carb, they are fine! This is also a good way to keep your calzone dinner interesting and exciting. New flavors are always good!
Just a quick note about the keto tomato sauce. I like to use Rao’s tomato sauce which is pretty low carb and also tastes really good. You can find Rao’s in most grocery stores but you can also order it online. I would grab a few jars as it is perfect for this low carb calzone recipe and also for tossing on some keto pasta. Tomato sauce has a lot of uses and it’s good to have some keto-approved sauce on hand! Now, back to our calzones…
Once the calzones have been stuffed, they are ready to bake. The calzones take about 20 minutes in the oven and are ready to come out once they are a nice golden brown. Let them cool for a minute or two before digging in- that cheese comes out of the oven hot! Serve the keto calzones with a side of tomato sauce for dipping. Then, once you are done devouring this meal that you have been craving, let us know what you think. Were the calzones delicious? Are you a happy keto follower? Because I sure am now that I can have calzones again! Enjoy.
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