Calzones #Festivus Celebration and #Giveaway

Homemade Calzones to celebrate Festivus in honour of Seinfeld. Easy to make and absolutely delicious. You’ll never order out again. 

Homemade Calzones for Festivus | Cravings of a Lunatic | Easy to make and absolutely delicious. You'll never order out again.

Today we’re taking a break from all the Christmas celebrations to discuss an odd group of friends, a strange pole and a ‘show about nothing.’ And by now, all you Seinfeld fans are smiling. It’s been 15 years since the TV series left the air but it’s still very much around in syndication, popular culture and a little made-up holiday called Festivus. Celebrated with a bare pole and an airing of grievances, it’s a time to come together and say “I got a lot of problems with you people!” It’s all in good fun, of course, and in its 9 seasons, quite a lot of delicious food came up on the show. So some of my blogger friends and I decided to cook the foods best associated with the Seinfeld years and give away some great holiday gifts. If you’re unfamiliar with Seinfeld (wtf?) here’s some links to get you up to speed:

Homemade Calzones for Festivus | Cravings of a Lunatic | Easy to make and absolutely delicious. You'll never order out again.

I chose to celebrate with “The Calzone”. It’s one of my all time favourite episodes. We’re huge pizza lovers in our house. We make something called a panzerotti which is similar to a calzone. We deep fry ours though. I’ve already posted our favourite panzerotti recipe with step by step instructions so if you need help figuring out how to seal the dough head over to that post and my daughter will teach you how to seal them perfectly. She worked in a pizza joint for years so she is far superior to making these things than I am. She helped me adapt our recipe into a calzone. Worked out beautifully.

Now the 1st and 2nd photo in this post I drizzled olive oil over the calzone prior to cooking, brushing it on evenly so it would crisp up more. The 3rd photo, below, I didn’t drizzle it with olive oil. It looks like a more traditional calzone to me, but I really liked the ones I coated in olive oil much better. So just make that judgement call when making them. It’s a personal decision based on how you like your dough.

Homemade Calzones for Festivus | Cravings of a Lunatic | Easy to make and absolutely delicious. You'll never order out again.

Now for any die-hard Seinfeld fans you will know that George was eating an eggplant calzone during the episode where Steinbrenner makes him a deal to bring them to him every day for lunch. We do not like eggplant here so we made Italian Sausage and Peppers Calzones instead. I really hope you like them.

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Homemade Calzones to celebrate Festivus in honour of Seinfeld. Easy to make and absolutely delicious. You'll never order out again.
Serves: 4 Calzones
  • 2 pizza rounds, you can make your own or use store bought
  • 1 cup of pizza sauce, you can make your own or use store bought
  • 1 pound of Italian Sausage, cooked
  • 4 bell peppers, any colour you like, chopped roughly
  • 2 cups of mozzarellisima cheese (pizza mozzarella, so good)
  • Olive oil for drizzling
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Line two cookies sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  3. Lightly flour your work space. You want just a small amount of bench flour, just enough to keep if from sticking to the counter but not so much it makes you dough tough.
  4. Divide each round of dough into two. Roll out into a circle, do not roll too thinly otherwise your dough will break when moving it around. Roll the rest out as well.
  5. Now before you start adding stuff to each round you need to remember not to over-stuff them. You need to be able to fold each one over to make a half moon shape and have enough edge to seal them. So keep that in mind while stuffing them.
  6. Scoop a couple of tablespoons of sauce into each round.
  7. Add about 1 to 2 tablespoons of cooked Italian Sausage to each round.
  8. Add about 1 to 2 tablespoons of peppers to each round.
  9. Now top each with a good amount of cheese.
  10. Fold the dough over so each one forms a half moon shape.
  11. Now press down in the middle a bit to get rid of any air pockets. Then start to seal your edges with your fingers. Just keep folding and pressing the dough till you have a nice rim. Now give the middle one last press then double check your seal again. Now take a pizza cutter and cut off the excess so you have a nice smooth line in the shape of a half moon. Cutting it this way also ensures the seal is fabulous. That's a mini-me trick.
  12. Carefully transfer each calzone to the cookie sheets.
  13. Now here's where you get to pick whether you want them brushed with olive oil or not. I say go for it. I like the dough so much better when they are brushed with it. But no sweat if you like yours without. Cooking, and eating for that matter are all about personal taste. This is a judgement free zone.
  14. Pop them in the oven and cook for about 10 to 14 minutes.
  15. Serve with a big old Seinfeld smile!
If you are looking for a pizza dough recipe you can find a few on my site. There's my Salsarific Pizza Dough, my Killer Spicy Pizza Dough and my Basic Pizza Dough

If you are looking for a pizza sauce recipe you can find a slow cooker version on my site called Sweetums Pizza Sauce

If you are looking for step by step instructions on how to stuff and seal these visit my Panzerotti Recipe where my daughter shows you how to do that.

Homemade Calzones for Festivus | Cravings of a Lunatic | Easy to make and absolutely delicious. You'll never order out again.

These calzones are amazing. We’re huge pizza people here, we can’t get enough of it. We probably eat pizza 2 or 3 nights a week. We are always trying to come up with fun ways to make it. I’ve done Pizza Bites, Panzerotti’s, Deep Dish Pizza, Antipasto Pizza and Grilled Pizza. I even made a Candied Bacon and Candied Tomato Pizza once. For my meatless peeps I’ve got a Vidalia Onion Pizza that will blow your mind. For those who are GF I have a Wild Rice Pizza, a Roasted Cauliflower Pizza, a Cauliflower Pizza and a Rice Crust Pizza. I make my own dough and have a Killer Spicy Dough, a Salsarific Dough and a Regular Dough. I also make my own Slow Cooker Pizza Sauce. Plus I make a mean Cookie Pizza and a Cherry Cobbler Pizza. So yah, pizza fanatics is putting it mildly. We are absolutely bonkers for pizza here. I even make a Pizza Pasta. Seriously, it’s an addiction at this point. So needless to say when we were all talking about the Festivus idea I knew I had to do the calzone. It just made perfect sense.

Homemade Calzones for Festivus | Cravings of a Lunatic | Easy to make and absolutely delicious. You'll never order out again.

So if you’re a Seinfeld fan I would love for you to list your grievances for me. It’s such a big part of Festivus.

Here’s mine:

  • People who rush to turn into traffic then drive at a snail’s pace. I want to bump your little car with my truck and flip you the bird. No lie.
  • People who stand too close to me in a check out line. I want to turn around and kick you in the shins. No lie.
  • People who chew gum like they’re chewing their cud. I mean seriously, close your mouth before I do it for you. No lie.
  • People who whistle. You bug the ever-loving crap out of me. Unless you’re hailing a cab I’m going to want you to shut your piehole. No lie.
  • People who make lists. It’s so bloody pretentious. No lie.

Make sure you stop by all the wonderful bloggers who are celebrating Festivus:

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We’d like to thank all the wonderful Festivus Sponsors. You rock!

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Be sure to celebrate Festivus on December 23. Air your grievances, show your feats of strength, and above all else hope for a Festivus Miracle.

Festivus...for the rest of us.

And make some calzones. You’ll thank me later.

Homemade Calzones for Festivus | Cravings of a Lunatic | Easy to make and absolutely delicious. You'll never order out again.

Now on with the giveaway. Here’s what’s up for grabs, one winner per prize:

Seinfeld Complete Season DVD Box Set.

Two 1.5 lb live lobsters from (These will be shipped overnight coordinated with the winner)

1 – 10 piece Kenmore nonstick cookware set.

1- King Arthur Flour Baking Set.

1- Wilton Bake Pan Set.

1- OXO Salad Kit.

1- OXO Baking Set.

1 – Soup Maker Cookbook.

1 – Pie Making Cookbook Set.

It’s open to U.S. mailing addresses only, please read the rafflecopter for details on how to enter. Good luck!

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    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Ha, we must go for calzones next time we go to a conference. So good. They’d be perfect for breakfast, or lunch, or dinner, or snacking, or grazing, or munching, well, you get the picture.

  1. Donna Jones says

    I just hate the comercialized way they have turned Christmas . Most people couldn’t even tell you what we’re celebrating ! No Lie

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      That’s so true. For us it’s all about family time. My son flew in last night for 10 days and I’m positively dripping with happiness. It’s annoying. No lie.

      Good luck. xx

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Ha, I’m such a horrible friend. Tell ya what, when I visit you in the spring let’s go get us some of these bad boys. And by some I mean #allthecalzonesintheworld

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      I am so glad you did this Shanna. Put me down for next year and make sure I plan my son’s visit better so I can immerse myself more in it. I’m down for helping plan it next year if you want help. You did an amazing job this year and I’m thrilled to be part of such a fun event.

      Happy Festivus.

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Thanks. And seriously> not a fan> I’m worried about you now> seriously.

      Okay I’m not but mostly because you redeemed yourself by liking sausage as much as me.

      I had to do some seriously editing on my list. Every one started with a F, so I regrouped and cleaned it up. *bah hahaha*

  2. says

    Love, love, LOVE all things Seinfeld!! My kids were a little show to enjoy the show, but now that my son is almost 18 he is “getting’ it and is aware of how much influence the show had on our world, phrases, etc.
    I haven’t made calzones in forever!! This will be a good Christmas Break project!!

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      It’s so true. So many things I say or reference are “Seinfeld-isms”.

      You MUST make some. I know you usually eat healthy but deep fry this bad boy, then it’s a panzerotti and omg you will freak out. It’s a Canadian thing, really popular here in Southern Ontario. I make a kick ass panzerotti.

  3. says

    Dude, I love calzones and I haven’t made some in ages. I’m like you, I always pour some olive oil over the top for a golden brown crust. I also like mine with some sausages and peppers. There are no grievances to be aired here!

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      You must make some now Susan. I love olive oil on mine. It just makes such a difference. Quite honestly my fave way to do this kind of thing is to deep fry it. But I was trying to keep it “calzone” and not “panzerotti”.

      Ha, I love airing grievances. Does a body good.

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Dude, that’s just wrong. You must watch it. Seriously, once you watch a couple you’ll be hooked. But you have to invest the full 30 minutes. The whole basis is how they take all these seemingly pointless and unrelated things and tie them all together in the end. It’s brilliant.

      You need to make calzones too. It’s a must. Like now.

  4. EllenCF says

    I never win prizes .. BUT I do love your blog!!!!!!! And even if I don’t win I will remain faithful and follow you!

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      May the odds be ever in your favour.
      *okay it was cheesy but how many times can you say that in life*

      Keep on entering, sooner or later you will win one. I’ve got oodles more planned.

      Thanks for being faithful. I love my readers.

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Ha, when the kids were small I would be done by April. Now I look back and I want to punch the old me in the throat a little bit.

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      I saw someone being really rude at the store the other day. Like the cashiers have any control over how many people are in line. People are cray cray.

  5. Jami Robinson says

    One of my pet peeves (there are many) at the grocery store the people who park their carts sideways in the aisle, so no way to pass and then suddenly are blind to everyone else in that aisle!

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Omg someone did that to me on both sides the other day. I wanted to turn the store into a cartoon and drop an anvil on both their carts. So rude.

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Amen sistah! I walked mine all the way across the lot, in the rain the other day. It’s called being responsible people. Ugh.

  6. says

    We must have been separated at birth! Lists – pfsst! personal space – yes!

    We love pizza here too and a calzone sounds wonderful right now – YUM! Thanks so much for doing this project, I always learn so much from all you – which is priceless to me.

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      What is with people right. I had a gal at Walmart be REALLY pushy the other day. I was trying to look at rugs and she was being obnoxious, so I let her scoot in and she went on and on to her friend about this one rug, the last one of it’s kind in the store, then she said okay let’s go grab the other stuff and come back for it. She started to walk away, I smiled sweetly, picked up the rug and popped it in my cart and walked away whistling we wish you a merry christmas. True story. What she doesn’t know is I was there for that exact rug, I bought the match to it at their other location the night before and needed one more to make the room balanced. So she thought I was just being a huge B for no reason, so freaking funny how that worked out. Karma lady, push me and I’ll buy your rug. Ha.

      I love calzones. I’m so glad we did this event together. Cheers to many more.

  7. says

    I think I’m one of the few people of my age group who has never seen an entire episode of Seinfeld – when it was on, i was always too busy to watch much, if any TV. (I say entire episode because I know I’ve seen a few bits and pieces of shows, but never more than a minute or two.) But I do like the idea of airing my grievances! And mine is licking my screen just doesn’t do this calzone justice! I want to have it in my hands, and then in my belly. 😉 Really nice – thanks.

  8. LS Gourmet says

    What a great idea – a chance to air a grievance. I really hate people who walk around yakking away on their cell phone, having conversations that should be private in public.

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Oh man I hear you on that one. I’ve been privy to some phone convos I should have not been privy to. Who talks about such personal stuff in the grocery store? People have gotten weird. Me and my bro went for lunch in the spring and some lady came in and sat by herself and talked loudly through her entire dinner on her cell. I’m still convinced it was an imaginary friend since anyone that obnoxious can’t possibly have any real friends. Terrible.

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Thanks Emily. I had so much fun doing this. And lol, I always think I’m really easy going but the truth is I’m highly easy to irritate. Ha.

  9. michele nicastro says

    i hate that i enter contests online allll the time & i never win!!! lol

    oh & gum chewing, i loathe gum chewing!

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Ha, I hear that. I’m Canadian so I can barely enter contests. So annoying.

      Gum chewing makes me want to hurl. One of my relatives does it and I want to just kick her in the shins when she does it. It’s so gross.

  10. says

    I haven’t had a decent calzone since I moved here. It’s time I made my own. I love this!! Here they put all the saucy bits inside and it’s a wet mess. I want sauce on the side so I can drown in it.

    The people in the supermarket who decide to stop to have a chat with someone they haven’t seen in 6 months and block the aisles. I could be moved to murder. (I haven’t yet)

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      You must make your own. Or fly here and I’m make you one. Or meet me in Philly in May for Mixed and we’ll take the train to NYC for the day together. See, so many options. Lol.

      I had to move a cart the other day because of people like that. They were just a chatting and both their carts were sideways, so I just walked up and shoved it. Only so much patience people, if I ask politely once and you ignore me then you deserve to meet evil Kim.

  11. says

    While I was never a Seinfeld fan, I can appreciate the humor that parts of the show added to the world around us. Now I am curious to see the episode that inspired this! I have always been a sucker for calzone. Looks like if better get back into my kitchen!

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      There are so many iconic episodes. The one called the pact is hilarious. I love the show. Mini-me doesn’t like it much though.

      I love a good calzones. You must try these. I prefer panzerotti’s though, they are deep fried here. So good. So bad for you, but oh so good. lol

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Me too. Thanksgiving should be off limits. Makes me want to hurl they open stores on holidays. The world is messed up.

  12. says

    Seinfeld is one of those shows that I can watch anytime, anywhere, starting from the middle of an episode and it doesn’t really matter. Still funny!

    Your calzones look fabulous and I would take one of those with any filling you got, Kim!

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Me too Stacy. I feel the same way. I love watching it while I eat lunch.

      Thanks. I love calzones, anything pizza-esque is good in my book.

  13. says

    No Lie, I’m loving these calzones! And I’ll keep the few lists I do make out of your site! The thing about my lists, I make them then forget about them, forget to take the grocery list with me to the store, forget where I placed my things to do list (probably because I don’t want to do most of the things on the list, lol)

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Thanks lady. I love these things.

      Ha, I do that too. I have lists everywhere then forget them. Terrible. I think you’re right and it’s our way of blocking out the chores we want to avoid. lol

  14. says

    OMG THE CHEWING!! I worked with someone who ate the CRUNCHIEST things–she made eating a bagel audible! How? I have no idea, but we could hear her eating down the hall. GAHHH. I’m tensing up just thinking about it! Anyway, your calzones? I can totally get behind. I kid you not, I gained 15 pounds my freshman year of college because my dorm was right next to this place called DP Dough that had 3 for $13 calzones (big ones too!) and my friend and I would split 3 together. Oof. Talk about Achilles Heel. It doesn’t help it that you reminded me how easy they are to make 😛

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      My hubs is like that, loudest chewer EVAH, not even kidding, the man eats cereal and I want to sign divorce papers on the spot. He has a family member who chews gum so loudly and grossly it makes me want to hurl. So icky.

      Thanks lady. I love these things. I hear if you close your eyes while you chew the calories don’t count. No lie.

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Me too. They just don’t make them like that now. Although I do love Modern Family. It’s a very smart comedy. I like stuff like that.

  15. Pam Gurganus says

    What really irks me is when I’m in the store standing in front of an item looking at it and someone steps in front of me! UGH!

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      I had that happen to me the other day. I looked at my daughter and yelled “wait, hold the phone, I’m invisible now, the cloak worked”. The lady who did it was not amused. I was though.

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Thanks Suzanne. They really are. I love that about Italian culture. So many of their recipes are great for using up the previous days veggies and bits and bobs.

      I love that we did this. I hope Shanna does it every year. It’s a cool idea.

  16. Barb says

    I work in retail and wear uniform style clothes and a name badge and people walk up and say do you work here.I want to say no the name badge and uniform are a fashion statement.

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      That’s priceless. Like people asking if you have a washroom, it’s like er, no, please go out and use the bushes outside. lol

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Me too. I grew up in a family that put the Christmas tree up on Christmas Eve day, so this idea of putting it up in November slays me.

  17. Carrie H says

    I so love Seinfeld, but those in my family couldn’t understand ‘a show about nothing’, it was no fun trying to explain it to the Hubs, the funny gets lost in his lack of understanding translation!

    Calzones are awesome, still trying to understand the diff between calzones and stromboli…mystery to me.

    Christmas, to me, is for the young and over commercialized and expensive to those of us who have set the bar so high that it is impossible to keep up year after year. Love the family time, the traditions and all but the spiritual part is so gone. Waiting for the kids to have kids so I can experience the young perspective on all the fun and miracle of it all again.

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Ha, some people never quite got it. For those who did it was brilliant. It’s so funny how they tie all the randomness together at the end of each episode.

      I love calzones. I’ll make a stromboli soon and try to remember to do a side by side comparison.

      It’s so true. We try to focus on family and making things to deter the craziness that spirals at Christmas. It’s so out of hand.

  18. Tracy Spangler says

    My grievance is being judged for being poor, even though my husband and I are both disabled and he works as much as he can. We take good care of our daughters, but we have been told and treated like other people with money could take better care of them. Money does not equal love, time spent together or joy.

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Tracy I can totally relate. We went through financial hell these past few years. When we hit the wall and almost lost our house we went to our bank for help, the manager treated us like dirt. I called the head office and talked the head guy. I basically told him we’re the same people your bank loved and threw money at years ago, now we’re being made to feel like garbage. We had a long talk about how banks treat people differently depending on their financial status. He called our bank and made the manager call to apologize and also to help us come up with a solution to save the house. It restored my faith in people. I learned that money means nothing, it’s how you treat people that matter. I’m so sorry your going through such a hard time. And I wish people would stop treating folks poorly based on the size of their bank account. It’s just wrong. We should be judged based on the size of our hearts.

  19. says

    OMG this post just makes me smile! I became a huge Seinfeld fan after marrying my sweet hubby. Now we find so many things in our day to day that is just like a Seinfeld episode LOL! Your calzone sounds fantastic! Hugs, Terra

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Ha, that’s the joy of these rafflecopters. Makes the winner visible forever. And it’s random so there’s no funny business. I love the ones done this way.

  20. Susan Broughton says

    What irks me?! Well I really can’t think of anything except maybe the fact that I can’t eat the foods I really want to eat anymore. I have to watch my fats and sugars etc and that really irks me. I wish we didn’t have to worry about stuff like that!

  21. says

    OMG! Loud relatives. Actually had a cousin-in-law who turned into the drunk uncle (snl) last night at a pre-Christmas family party. Annoyance deluxe!

  22. says

    I am SO tired of people who have to be the center of attention…for everything. We have this lady at work, who makes everything about her. She has somehow turned the death of a fellow co-worker’s father into something about her! Mind = blown.

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      That’s not good. Your poor co-worker. Death is a time when the focus should stay on the people affected. You need to b slap the lady. Hard.

    • Kim Beaulieu says

      Thanks Annamaria. No worries. I’m on a bit of hiatus with my son here. I haven’t been blogging actively for a week. We’ll catch up after the holidays.

      I had to join this event when the gals brought it up. It’s such a cool idea and I’m a huge Seinfeld fan. And a calzone fan too.

      Merry Christmas. Hope your holidays are incredible. xx

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