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Onward Chef: Recreate Your Own D.P Dough Calzone

Welcome to the first episode of Onward State’s new segment, Onward Chef. We will be supplying you with easy, quick recipes inspired by your favorite food joints downtown. Onward Chef will mainly focus on the most gourmet and elite drunk and hangover food. Did you have a wild night out and stumbled home and forget your Pokey Sticks or Canyon Pizza? Never fear. These recipes are so easy, even a caveman drunk college kid can do it.

Today’s Recipe Inspiration: DIY Drunk Food – D.P. Dough Calzone

DP Dough

D.P. Dough is a classic drunk food. Heaps of cheese, meats, and who knows what else are trapped inside a moist pocket of carbs. Mmm. You may have your favorite go-to “Zone,” (for example: the Roni Zone, Italian Zone, Speed Zone, Twilight Zone, the list goes on.) But today we will focus on the basics- a pizza calzone. Because let’s face it, you probably aren’t a 5-star Italian chef, and the milk in your fridge may or may not have gone bad a week ago.

Ingredients for a Pizza Calzone

  • 1 roll of store bought pizza dough or crust (honestly just some kind of dough)
  • 2/3 cup of pizza sauce (so like, a huge fistful ..I mean, scoop of sauce should do, some kind of tomato sauce or pasta sauce counts)
  • 1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese (a giant fistful)
  • Your favorite pizza toppings or fillings, ranging from fresh, healthy greens and vegetables to artery-clogging, greasy meat
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of seasoning
Consider these your weapons for a great calzone.



Follow these directions step by step and you will be on your way to an easy Pizza Zone!

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 425. If you live in a dorm do not attempt this in a microwave. Consider a simpler, more freshman-friendly alternative.

Step 2: Unroll the pizza dough onto a large cookie/baking sheet.

What a pleasant looking blob of dough.

Step 3: Once you roll out the dough, cut it into 4 separate rectangle pieces.

Strive for four separate blobs with the essence of a rectangle shape. Don’t worry, the oven is pretty forgiving.

Step 4: Combine your sauce, cheese, and mixings into a bowl. 

Take note of how I added a garnish of spinach and greens. Making you proud, mom!
The spinach is somewhere in the bowl, I promise.

Step 5: Scoop your mixture into the middle of each rectangle of dough. Fold the corners of the dough to create a pocket. Crimp the sides to tighten the calzone. 

Doesn’t that just look delightful?

Step 6: Now that you have now successfully formed a calzone-shape, combine the olive oil and seasoning in a bowl. Brush this mixture onto the top of each calzone. 

Maybe we should just toast some bread, dip it in this, and call it quits?
Oh my…okay. Yeah, this looks pretty rough, but stay optimistic. These calzones just need a nice crisp tan in the oven.

Step 7: At this point you are probably getting pretty antsy and impatient. Do not worry, food is in your near future. It’s time to bake these babies in the oven for 10 minutes. Check up on them occasionally to make sure they are not burning, or if your apartment is burning, etc.

Patty cake, patty cake, baker’s man. Bake me a calzone as fast as you can.

Step 8: DONE! LOOK AT THEM! Wow. Unbelievable. Your very own calzone and you didn’t even have to tolerate the shouting and singing frat boys in line. Now it’s time to sit down and dig in.

Hey baby, looking at you is putting me in the cal-ZONE!

Voila! Your very own DP Dough inspired meal. No need to thank us, we just helped your culinary genius shine through. Until next time, bon appetite. Onward Chef out!

The final product. Fork, knife, napkin, and Solo Cup are optional.

About the Author

Carolyn Popescu

Current senior studying Advertising and Visual Arts, Carolyn has a passion for entertainment and music. She also loves photography, film, graphic design, social media, and all things in between. She's the current Sony Music Marketing Representative for State College, so be sure to reach out to her with any local music scene questions, ideas, proposals, or if you just need someone to geek out about music with.

(Contact her through [email protected] or [email protected])


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