Mushroom, Pineapple and Basil Calzone

I wasn’t in the mood to cook a big dinner and I didn’t have much to choose from in my refrigerator. I did have some pizza dough and fresh mushrooms that needed to be used up so I decided to try my first attempt at making a calzone. I found some pineapple in the cupboard (my kids favorite pizza topping) and my basil plant was overloaded with leaves so I decided to add that too. It was easy to make and simple to cook. It turned out really crisp and tasty…we all loved this calzone – especially my kids.

  • Pizza dough (I buy mine at Trader Joe’s)
  • Pizza sauce (I used leftover roasted marinara)
  • Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Mushrooms, sliced very thin
  • Pineapple chunks
  • Fresh basil, chopped
  • Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • Sprinkle of corn meal
  • Cooking spray

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Spray your pizza tray with olive oil cooking spray and then sprinkle the corn meal all over. Roll your dough out to form a pizza and place on pizza tray. Spread pizza sauce (or marinara) over half the dough. Add mozzarella, mushrooms, pineapple, basil and parmesan cheese (or whatever toppings you like).

Fold the other half of the dough over the toppings and carefully fold and crimp the ends of the dough so it’s completely sealed. Use a knife to make a few slits on the top and spray with olive oil cooking spray.

Place in the oven and cook for 18-20 minutes or until crisp and golden brown. Remove from oven and let rest for 2-3 minutes before sliceing into wedges. Enjoy!

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32 Responses to “Mushroom, Pineapple and Basil Calzone”

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    Paula — September 17, 2008 @ 6:27 am

    Look at that crust! My littlest one loves pineapple; I’ll have to figure out a gluten free version for her. I’ll take this just as you’ve prepared it! How great that your kidlins eat such a variety of food at a young age. Great recipe!

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    Girl Japan — September 17, 2008 @ 6:56 am

    Pineapple… I’ve never… and oh goodness has it been forever since I had Calonze = )

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    HoneyB — September 17, 2008 @ 9:31 am

    it looks delicious. I love pineapple in my “pizza” dishes!

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    Beth — September 17, 2008 @ 11:33 am

    I want to taste this. I love it when things just come together! It looks yummy

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    Jessie — September 17, 2008 @ 12:18 pm

    Oh my goodness, that dough looks amazing!

    +Jessie
    a.k.a. The Hungry Mouse

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    hot garlic — September 17, 2008 @ 12:19 pm

    I adore calzones, I have only gone to the trouble of making them 1 or 2 times, though now I wonder why so few? The pineapple is a great addition, something nice and tangy in there!

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    Cheryl — September 17, 2008 @ 1:11 pm

    Looks good chica!

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    ~Priscilla~ — September 17, 2008 @ 1:16 pm

    i’ve never had calzones before, but i really want to try one. i guess i can try this one now, thanks!

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    Maria — September 17, 2008 @ 1:21 pm

    I usually don’t like pineapple with my pizza but yours looks great. I might have to try it again!!

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    Marjie — September 17, 2008 @ 2:04 pm

    Well, now I know what a calzone is. I might have to try this the next time the boys are clamoring for pizza. Maybe mini calzones for the smaller people!

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    Jessie — September 17, 2008 @ 2:40 pm

    This calzone looks like something out of a Brooklyn pizzeria, so original and authentic! I love it :)

    Pam, I would love to link your blog to Simply Scrumptious if that’s okay with you. If you need to contact me, email me at PTJessica07@gmail.com :)

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    Torrance Stephens - All-Mi-T — September 17, 2008 @ 3:06 pm

    that looks great, dang i search for cooking and seethis
    u wrong for that, and i have another statistics class to teach, hope u dont mind the drive by

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    Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer — September 17, 2008 @ 3:29 pm

    Off the charts yummy!!! Looks wonderful

    PS – Last night I made your banana coconut choc chip and walnut cookies – WOW these are a winner.

    Cheers

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    hayleynichols88 — September 17, 2008 @ 4:11 pm

    Ohhhh that looks so good! I love calzone! And as for slicing into wedges? I’d eat the whole thing myself :-D

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    Jason — September 17, 2008 @ 4:22 pm

    I love pineapple, mushrooms, and basil, the perfect filling. Nice job for your fist calzone, it looks really yummy.

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    Usha — September 17, 2008 @ 6:40 pm

    Your calzone looks perfect and it has all my calzone faves like pineapple and mushrooms…

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    The Blonde Duck — September 17, 2008 @ 7:23 pm

    I love calzones. You have no idea. It’s so good…..and that looks wonderful.

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    Aggie — September 17, 2008 @ 7:42 pm

    Wow, that is a calzone! It looks delicious! That dough turned out perfect.

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    Heather — September 17, 2008 @ 10:15 pm

    mmm that looks good! i love the addition of pineapple!

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    MaryBeth — September 17, 2008 @ 11:14 pm

    Looks great Pam, my husband would be all over the mushroom’s…me not so much. But non the less, YUM

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    Adam — September 18, 2008 @ 12:18 am

    Mushrooms and pineapple? I would be just another kid at your house :) Ever notice how hard it is to wait those 2-3 minutes after it comes out of the oven to cool? It’s impossible

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    Lucy — September 18, 2008 @ 12:51 am

    WOW!! Your calzone looks awesome.

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    Jenny — September 18, 2008 @ 1:32 am

    Just beautiful! Love calzones and I’d have absolutely no problem chowing on this beauty!

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    Katie — September 18, 2008 @ 2:06 am

    How creative! I have a thing for calzones. I bet my family would love this!

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    Lisa — September 18, 2008 @ 2:58 am

    Good looking calzone! Pineapple is my daughter’s favorite topping.

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    Grace — September 18, 2008 @ 10:04 am

    awesome calzone–this can’t possibly be your first attempt!! :) i’ve never tried this particular combination of pizza toppings, but i love ham and pineapple, so i suspect i’d love this too. :)

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    Jj — September 18, 2008 @ 1:08 pm

    Oh…turned out great from the looks of it! You’ve inspired me, thank you!

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    Emily — September 18, 2008 @ 4:32 pm

    This looks delicious – what a great idea for a fairly simple dinner. I realize you used regular mushrooms in this recipe, but if you have any great recipes using chanterelle mushrooms, check out our recipe contest at marxfood.com. We’re seeking delicious recipes that the average home cook can make.

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    Jan — September 18, 2008 @ 5:10 pm

    Cut me off a piece of that pie, it looks super duper, Pam

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    Lucky — September 18, 2008 @ 10:24 pm

    mmm, that looks so delicious, and the perfect size too!

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    edi — September 18, 2008 @ 10:45 pm

    that looks so delicous
    making em hungry lol

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    Natasha — September 20, 2008 @ 9:58 pm

    pineapple is my fave topping as well! I’m really craving calzone now!

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