Grilled Calzones: A dinner for winners!

A few weeks ago my friend Oliver and I decided to make dinner together and watch some Battlestar Galactica, our latest TV obsession. Since it was a weekend, we decided to be a bit more adventurous with our meal and as we were tossing some ideas around, inspiration suddenly hit. I had recently read a post on one of my new favorite blogs “Dinner for Winners” that involved grilled calzones. Which sounds pretty damn perfect to both of us.

Things started off innocently enough. We had a good spread of fillings: pesto, marinara, chicken, tomatoes, goat cheese, salami, mozzarella and caramelized onions. We had some dough, charcoal and a pizza stone.

I got the coals going, set the stone on the grill and then we got to work.



We waited until the stone seemed nice and hot and carefully set two of the calzones on top of it, closed the lid and waited for about 5 minutes.

When we opened the lid, here’s what greeted us:

Hm…does something looks different…?

Yup. The stone split right in half! After staring at it with our mouths open for a little while, we decided to look on the bright side. I now had two stones instead of one. That’s better, right?

Right.

So we continued to cook and things were looking good…very, very good.

And they tasted good too!

Yum!!!

And so, with a cold glass of Iron Beer (have you had that stuff before? It’s seriously ah-mazing!), we sat to enjoy the spoils of our labor.

All things considered, this was my first attempt at grilling calzones, and while I have read a few recipes that don’t call for a stone at all, I think I’d definitely use this method again. It was nice to be outside, it was very nice not to have to heat up the oven and the charcoal gave the calzones a light smokey flavor. As we munched on our crispy, cheesy, meaty calzones, we certainly felt like winners and I’m pretty sure that’s all that matters.

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7 thoughts on “Grilled Calzones: A dinner for winners!

  1. oh no!! i’m so sorry about your pizza stone! i cracked mine, too, once. in the oven. that’s why i switched to floor tiles, i cant stand to see that expensive stone in pieces 😦 i’m sorry!! your calzones look beautiful, though. i’m glad you enjoyed… i feel somehow responsible for this accident. i think i owe you a beer?!

    • Oh no! I didn’t want you to feel bad about it! I know plenty of people who have cracked theirs in their ovens, so this was no biggie. Plus, the stone was a gift from years ago, so there — I didn’t even pay for it! (not that I would ever turn down a free beer, at say Burnside Brew sometime *cough) But really, I have you to thank for the brilliant idea, which I genuinely love because it’s SO much better to cook outside when it’s hot out. However, I may need to pick your brain about where you bought your floor tiles because I may want to gift some out! What kind do you use?

      • Well.. I’m glad that you’re not out any $$, but still. Those things are supposed withstand intense heat! when mine cracked, it wasn’t even IN the oven! it was in the drawer below. Such crap, in my opinion. I just went to Home Depot and looked for unvarnished or unglazed floor tile — ceramic works great, and if you’re unsure, talk to one of the flooring specialists. Even tell them what you’re going to use it for, I have found them to be helpful. A square foot should be about a buck and I got one bigger one for large pizzas that probably set me back more like $4. Good luck!! I have never been to Burnside Brew! let’s make it happen.

        • Ha, i love that yours broke just from being *near* heat. So ridiculous. As for Burnside, I can’t believe you haven’t been yet. The food was rather meh when I was there last, but the beers are pretty amazing! Let me survive the next few weeks (Wild About Game and Feast are taking ALL of my time, energy and sanity) and then it’s on! If you haven’t heard of WAG before, it’s a perfect storm for foodies/drinkers — http://www.nickyusa.com/wag

  2. oooh i looked up WAG , how amazing does that sound! you must be so busy! i just had my wisdom teeth extracted… not eating any “real” food for a while still. but best of luck this weekend! beers in october?!

    • It is amazing! This will be my 5th year. The first one I was lucky enough to attend as a guest which was awesome. There’s so much to eat and drink it’s mind boggling — and there’s always really good stories of 100 drunk chefs in a room together. =) Well enjoy lots of ice cream and other non-chewing foods and we’ll plan for a meet-up very soon!

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