Want to offer a fresh, interesting, easily customized option to your menu? Consider the calzone. While they are most often packed with traditional Italian produce, meats and mozzarella, they also provide a versatile base for a broad range of sauces, ingredients and global flavors. They’re an ideal place to incorporate extra fall vegetables you have on hand – or to experiment with new flavor combinations.
Calzones are an ideal winter comfort food. They offer the chewy, melty goodness of pizza, and can be customized with a long list of fillings and dipped into anything from marinara sauce to tomato soup to chili oil. No longer restricted to Italian-style ingredients, calzones can include ingredients as wide-ranging as blue cheese and barbecue chicken. But they’re an especially good vehicle for vegetables, from spinach to mushrooms to eggplant. In these plant-forward times, what varieties can you create?