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Skillet Meatball Calzones with Herbed Butter Sauce

Meatballs wrapped in pizza dough with marinara, cheese and slathered in a garlic butter sauce
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: dinner
Servings: 16 appetizers
Calories: 141kcal
Author: Tricia

Ingredients

For the calzones:

  • 16 pre-made frozen meatballs (thawed and cooked per package directions) or homemade
  • 16 ounces pre-made pizza dough
  • 8 slices sandwich style mozzarella cheese (from the deli)
  • 16 ounce jarred pizza sauce

For the herbed butter sauce:

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic or garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley leaves, plus more for garnish
  • pinch of salt
  • grated Parmesan cheese for serving
  • marinara sauce for serving

Instructions

  • Bake the meatballs according to the package directions.  Set aside to cool.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease a 9" or 10" cast iron skillet or lightly grease a large rimmed baking sheet. Set aside.
  • Remove the pizza dough from the refrigerator and divide into 16 equal portions. If you have a kitchen scale, it works well here. Place the 1-ounce dough balls on a lightly floured sheet pan and allow them to rest for 30 minutes at room temperature or a warm location. (I put my pan in the microwave where it is warm when the task light is on)  
  • When ready to assemble take each 1-ounce dough ball and roll out into a 5-6 inch circle.  Place 1/2 of a slice of mozzarella cheese (folded in half to a square) in the center of the dough. Top with 1 heaping tablespoon pizza sauce, then 1 meatball. Bring the dough up over the top of the meatball so the edges overlap. Moisten with a wet finger to get the dough to stick if needed. Continue until the calzone is sealed. Place the parcel seam-side down in the prepared cast iron skillet. Continue with the remaining meatballs filling the skillet.
  • Once all meatballs are wrapped in dough, combine the herbed butter sauce ingredients and brush the tops of each with about half the butter sauce. Set aside the remaining butter sauce. Bake the calzones in the preheated 400°F oven for 10-15 minutes or until the dough is browned. Remove the skillet from the oven and brush each calzone with the remaining butter sauce. Sprinkle with additional fresh chopped parsley and fresh grated Parmesan cheese. Allow the calzones to rest for 10 minutes before serving.
  • Serve with extra marinara or pizza sauce for dipping and additional Parmesan if desired.
  • Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container. Warm leftovers in the microwave.

Notes

Nutritional information is estimated and will vary depending on the products used

Nutrition

Calories: 141kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 365mg | Potassium: 141mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 237IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg