Forget about the microwave; here’s a recipe that allows you to easily make incredible meat-stuffed turnovers that both kids and adults will love! These homemade calzones are great as a mid-day snack for kids, or as a fun dinner that uses up leftovers. Not only do they taste great, but the possibilities are limitless!

Easy Homemade Calzone Recipe with Hot Pockets Stuffing

Ingredients that you will need:


  • 1 tube crescent rolls
  • 1 egg mixed with 1 tablespoon water for egg wash

Chicken Pot Pie – Hot Pocket Stuffing Version:

  • Cubed chicken
  • Frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 jar premade chicken gravy
  • 1/2 onion

Ham and Cheese – Hot Pocket Stuffing Version:

  • Cubed Ham
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Pizza – Hot Pocket Stuffing Version:

  • 1 jar pizza sauce
  • 1 package Italian blend cheese
  • Meat of your choice
  • Veggies of your choice

Unroll 1 tube crescent rolls. Keep 2 rolls attached at a time to form rectangle. Ingredients of your choice are to be put on dough. Each calzone will require two pairs of attached rolls.

Laying out croissant dough

For a chicken pot pie calzone, place cubed chicken and frozen mixed vegetables into bowl.

Pouring mixed vegetables into bowl

Add premade chicken gravy, keeping the meat and vegetable to gravy ratio high.

Stirring mixed vegetables and gravy

Dice 1/2 onion and add to mixture.

Adding onions to vegetable mixture

With egg wash made from 1 egg mixed with 1 tablespoon water, lightly coat the croissant dough edge. Place chicken pot pie mixture on croissant, taking care to leave the edges clear.

Making chicken pot pie calzone

To make a ham and cheese calzone, start by coating edges with egg wash mixture as previously described. Place cubed ham on center of croissant.

Adding ham to croissant

Add shredded cheddar cheese to top of ham. Be sure to leave the edges clear.

Adding cheese to croissant

To make a pizza calzone, start by lining edges with egg wash. Spread pizza sauce across croissant, avoiding the edges.

Adding pizza sauce to croissant dough

Place meats and vegetables of your choice on croissants. Pepperoni, Canadian bacon, sausage, and beef all work great. Consider vegetables such as green and red peppers.

Adding vegetables to croissant dough

Add shredded Italian cheese to calzones.

Adding cheese to calzones

To finish all types of calzones, place another pair of attached croissant rolls on top of the prepared ingredients.

Folding croissant dough

Seal the edges of croissant dough, using a tool such as the Rada Handi-Stir if necessary. Bake in preheated oven at 350 to 400 degrees until golden brown.

Sealing croissant dough

Serve and enjoy! Make sure to experiment with all kinds of ingredients. The possibilities are endless!

Chef Ted with finished calzones

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What’s a Turnover?


A turnover is simply a pastry whose dough has been folded over to conceal different contents inside. Turnovers stuffed with meat and vegetables make delicious meals and snacks, while filling them with ingredients such as apples and cream cheese make them into fabulous breakfasts and desserts.

For a sweeter turnover recipe sure to please everyone, head on over to What’s Cooking America for an apple turnover recipe you won’t want to do without!

Do It Yourself Hot Pockets Video Recipe


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Start Video Transcript

Hi, I’m Chef Ted, and I’m coming to you from the Rada Cutlery kitchen. In this episode I’m going to make some calzones with different variations that are kind of like Hot Pockets. They’re great for kids or for using up leftovers.

If you have some leftover chicken or beef all you have to do is throw that together, add in some mixed or leftover vegetables, add in a little premade gravy, keep the ratio fairly low. I’m going to cut an onion with a Rada French Chef knife. What I use for the crust is croissant rolls. There’s the bottom of one, there’s the bottom of another one, pinch the seam together so it’s one piece so it doesn’t leak out on you. The top you can leave holes in as a vent to let the steam out.

Another one I’m going to do is a standard ham and cheese. We’re going to cube up a ham steak. You just sort of pile them on. You have to be careful not to put too much in. Keep everything away from the edge as much as possible. You can tell I got carried away. What I’m going to do is a little egg wash. About a teaspoon of water, not much. You can use the Rada Handi-Stir. Pinch them together. This is a nice, easy dough to work with. More of a pastry than a dough. I’m going to put this over. And we just use that Handi-Stir to seal the dough.

Chicken and vegetables. And this one is going to be a straightforward pizza one. A little sauce on the bottom. Stay away from the edge. I’ve got a few vegetables here that I’ve sautéed. I’m going to throw a few of them in. And we’re going to put a little Canadian bacon on here. Use sausage, beef, whatever you want. Now we’re going to put some cheese on this thing. We’re going to go around with a little bit of egg wash again. Now we’re going to seal this up.

We’ve got them put together, and now we’re going to throw them in the oven. Now the calzones are out of the oven. You’ve got ham and cheese, chicken pot pie, and Canadian bacon pizza. And they look good. Enjoy!

End of Video Transcript