Thursday, January 30, 2014

Valentine's Day Dinner - Calzone Hearts

Calzone Hearts |

I mentioned earlier this week that I got a box of Valentine's Day goodies from Wilton recently and for days I have felt like a kid right after Christmas. I am having so much fun playing with all my new toys. One of the shiniest, prettiest, and heaviest things in my box was a new Wilton Dimensions 6 Cavity Mini Hearts Pan in which I made these Calzone Hearts

wilton dimensions heart pan
I just love the intricate design and those indentations in the top of the hearts were just screaming for some bright red sauce. 

Well, maybe that was just the voice inside my crazy head!

But, crazy or not, I do think the bright red marinara sauce looks very pretty in these Calzone Hearts. It's exactly what I had envisioned when I first looked at the pan.

Valentine's Day Dinner Calzone Hearts |

Most people would think to make cakes using this pan, and why not, that is their intended use. As we've already established, my mind is a bit crazy, I try not to make obvious choices. At Halloween I used another one of Wilton's pans to make Stuffed Pizza Skulls and they turned out great.

I had actually, originally planned to make calzones in the skull pan, but wanted to keep it a very kid friendly meal, so I just made stuffed pizzas. Some kids, hate ricotta cheese. I was one of them. I'm glad my tastes have changed over the years. Now I love it and am a huge fan of calzones.

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It's funny how tastes change. As a kid I thought a pizza wasn't a pizza without pepperoni, now I never eat it. I much prefer veggies or even ham and pineapple on my pizza. I chose to stuff my calzones with roasted red peppers and artichokes (pictured) and put pepperoni in my husband's.

That's one of the great things about calzones, or stuffed pizzas, you can customize them to your tastes.

Valentine's Day food recipe

Calzone Hearts (makes 6*)


8 ounces ricotta cheese
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 egg, plus 1 more whisked together with a bit of water to make an egg wash
pinch of salt
1/2 cup pizza sauce
3 tubes Pillsbury Thin Crust Pizza Dough*
fillings, pepperoni, bacon, sausage, mushrooms, roasted red peppers, artichokes, etc.

*The ingredients plus the 3 tubes of pizza dough will yield 6 perfect heart calzones. You will end up with lot of scraps of dough. You can just use two tubes of dough and pinch the scraps of dough together to make more hearts. Beware that the filling may ooze out of these hearts. If you use all 3 tubes, just pinch the scraps of dough together and make yourself a pizza. That's what I did. 


non-stick cooking spray
Wilton Dimensions 6 Cavity Mini Hearts Pan
kitchen shears


Stir together ricotta, mozzarella, Parmesan, one egg, and pinch of salt.  

Spray the inside of each heart with non-stick cooking spray. Open and unroll one tube of dough. Cut dough in half. Drape one piece of dough over heart cavity. Gently press the dough into the sides and bottom of the pan.

Fill with 1 tablespoon pizza sauce and a little over 1/4 cup of the cheese mixture. Add toppings of your choice. Repeat. 

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Fold dough over, pinching pieces together, cutting off excess. You want enough dough to just cover and close around the top of each calzone heart. Brush egg wash over top.

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If you've filled your hearts with various toppings, it's a good idea to mark them in some way. I just put small pieces of the fillings on top.

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Refrigerate for 30 minutes. 

Heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake for 18-24 minutes, until golden brown. Mine could have used another minute or two. 

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Heat remaining pizza sauce, then spoon into the indentations on the top of each heart. Serve immediately.

Valentine's Day dinner recipe

Valentine's Day dinner ideas
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  1. I love these! They turned out perfect and it's so nice to have a non-sweet, but still super pretty treat on Valentine's. I've often wondered about using bread dough instead of cake batter in those pans, and I just love how it turned out!!

  2. What an outstanding idea - I love hearts and hope to try this!

  3. Calzones are one of my favorite foods and to have them look this festive and beautiful would be my dream valentine's dinner. Seriously, this would be the best! Awesome!

  4. Outstanding idea that can be personalized for each family member! This has got to be a favorite with adults and kids!

  5. Wow! I never would have looked at that pan and thought of pizza...but calzones are a GENIUS idea! These look so fun, and delicious to eat, too. Thanks for sharing your brilliant idea!

  6. Those look so awesome! What a great idea :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  7. Checking these out from six sisters link party..what a fun and creative idea! And yummy too :-)

  8. This is very original! I love it and I will totally make these! They look delicious!

    Great Post!
    Thanks for sharing this. Let's follow each other and share!? :-)

  9. They look great! I thought they were cakes just looking at the picture, what a surprise!

  10. Nice ~ Would love to see this submitted at (without watermarks, please) so I can share with all my foodie friends :-)

  11. Wow! We made Heart Calzones last year, but they do not look near this them!!

  12. This idea is so cute I can hardly stand it! I absolutely love the red sauce in the heart on
    top. Pinned, and sharing on my Facebook page!


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