Everyone loves pizza. Amiright?? In fact it is National Pizza Month. Just the fact that it gets it's own month and not just a day tells me it's pretty beloved. My son could eat it. Every. Single. Day.
These cheesy vegan calzones are just like pizza pockets. They are kid AND mom approved. And the hubby devoured 4 of them in 5 minute flat and he usually turns up his nose to vegan pizza... mostly because he's not really a Daiya fan.
Can't blame him really.
I tried some with Zengarry Gruyère Style fauxmage and some with Smokey Jalapeño. I'm not sure which I preferred. They were both delicious.
Here I used traditional 'all dressed' type pizza toppings. You could go to town and use whatever you happen to like. Some of my personal favourites are: olives, artichokes, sundried tomatoes, pineapple, broccoli....
Or if you're really crazy, try subbing in vegan pesto instead of pizza sauce and use our Sun Dried Tomato and Basil cashew cheese flavour.
Make them smaller to serve as party appetizers, or larger for dinner.
Cheesy Vegan Calzones
Makes 8 calzones
1 package vegan puff pastry (I used Tenderflake)
1/2 package of your fave Zengarry fauxmage - I tried the Gruyère and the Smokey Jalapeño
1 package Yves Veggie Pepperoni
1 small can pizza sauce (or homemade if you're so inclined)
2-3 Tbsp. olive oil
1 yellow onion, roughly chopped
1 bell pepper, roughly chopped
1 lb button mushrooms, quartered
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. garlic powder
Pinch of salt
Preheat the oven to 375 F.
Sauté your veggies in 1 Tbsp of olive oil over medium high heat. Adding in the basil, oregano, garlic powder and salt. Set them aside.
Roll out your puff pastry until you have two 6" x 6" squares. Use a small bowl or plate or even a cup as a template to cut out circles. Just place it on the pastry and use a knife to cut around it. I made 4 from each square of puff pastry.
Place your puff pastry circles on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper.
Add toppings to one side of your circle avoiding the edges. You will be folding them in half and sealing them.
To each circle add about a tablespoon of pizza sauce, 3-4 veggie pepperoni slices, a dollop of sautéd veggies and a dollop of your Zengarry fauxmage.
Fold the puff pastry in half over the stuffings and seal the edges with a fork. Crimp all around the edges. This step can be a bit challenging if you stuffed your calzones with too much good stuff like I did, but it will all work out.
Brush the tops of the calzones with the remaining olive oil and prick them with a fork. You can make little 'v's like I did. Or your favourite kid's initials.
Bake at 375 F for 12-15 minutes until golden brown and puffed.
Allow to cool for 10 minutes, then devour them. Maybe with extra pizza sauce for dipping.