Whoever invented the calzone, a folded over pizza pocket rich with dough and spilling cheese and other delightful toppings, should win sainthood.
Once you order a calzone for the first time, you’ll hardly want to look at pizza again. After all, there’s calzone.
The only problem is how to reheat calzone. Because there’s so much to like about a calzone, you’ll be hard-pressed to finish it all in one sitting.
Thus, it is essential to discover which method is best to get the same mouthwatering satisfaction from your leftovers that you got from the original order.
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Can You Reheat Calzone?
Some of you might be worried about whether this feat is even possible.
After all, what if you end up with chewy or rubbery cheese or hard dough? That would be the worst.
But yes, it is possible to reheat calzone. It is even possible to reheat a calzone to perfection.
You can pretty much reheat any food that has been refrigerated or frozen. The trick is to use the correct appliance.
For example, foods that have been breaded or fried are usually best reheated when placed in the oven or an air fryer, and foods that have been baked or grilled are often better off when returned to the oven or the grill.
With calzone, a dish originally cooked in the oven, we are probably going to be happiest reheating it in the oven, but let’s take a look at our options.
Should You Reheat Calzone?
But wait, before we figure out the best way to reheat calzone, let’s discuss whether or not it is a good idea.
Of course, food safety and handling practices are paramount. The last thing you want is to enjoy your delicious leftovers only to get sick.
The best course of action any time you are reheating food is to do your own research and be sure you cover all your angles to avoid getting yourself or anyone else sick.
To get you started for your calzone, I have linked this BBC article on what you need to know about reheating takeaways.
How to Reheat Calzone in the Oven
The oven will not be the fastest method for getting your leftovers onto your plate, but reheating calzone in the oven is still likely to be the best method.
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and spray a baking sheet liberally with cooking spray.
- Place your calzone pieces evenly spaced out on the baking sheet.
- Heat the calzone for 10 minutes and check that the internal temperature is 165 degrees Fahrenheit, which is considered the safe zone for leftover foods.
How to Reheat Calzone in the Microwave
I would advise only reheating a calzone in the microwave if you’re desperate.
You are likely to end up with hard, chewy crust after only a minute or so of cooling off, and cheese that melts all over your plate.
You are probably better off just eating it cold.
But, if you must use the microwave, follow these steps:
- Place the calzone on a microwave-safe dish and cover it with a damp paper towel.
- Turn your microwave to 50% power and heat for 30 seconds. Flip the calzone and heat for another 30 seconds.
- Continue this process until it is heated through to a safe internal temperature.
How to Reheat Calzone in an Air Fryer
Reheating a calzone in an air fryer is one of the best ways to get this job done.
- Preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place calzone pieces evenly spaced out in your air fryer basket.
- Heat calzone pieces for 5 minutes and check to see if they are heated through. You can heat for another minute or two if necessary.
How to Reheat Calzone on a Grill
If you’re already outside using your grill and getting a hankering for your leftover calzone pieces, go ahead and use the grill!
- Preheat the grill to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place your calzone pieces on aluminum foil on the top rack of your grill to keep them away from direct flame.
- Turn the heat down to medium-low to ensure your calzone heats low and slow.
- Close the lid and allow the calzone pieces to cook for 10 minutes.
- Check the internal temperature and enjoy!
How to Reheat Calzone in a Toaster Oven
Sometimes, your oven is shot, or you may not have one, but you have a toaster oven.
We can make that work!
- Preheat your toaster oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and liberally spray your baking sheet with cooking spray.
- Evenly space your calzone pieces on the baking sheet.
- Heat for 15 minutes. With a toaster oven, we want to go lower and slower.
- Check the calzone for the internal temperature, and enjoy!
How to Reheat Calzone in a Pan on the Stove
Using a pan on the stove to reheat your calzone can actually produce some interesting results. You’ll get a crispy outside and, ideally, a gooey inside.
What could be better?
- Heat a skillet on the stove over medium-low heat.
- Coat the bottom of the pan with olive oil.
- Place your calzone pieces, evenly spaced, in the skillet, and cover the pan with a lid.
- Allow to cook for a couple of minutes, flip the calzones, and allow to cook for another couple of minutes.
- You are essentially cooking a grilled cheese sandwich.
WINNER – The Best Way to Reheat Calzone Is Using the Oven
It has to be the oven with a calzone. The air fryer is a great, and fast, runner-up, but there is no crispy crust like the one you can get in the oven.
Aside from the microwave, though, you really can’t get reheating this amazing dish wrong, even on the grill. Just be sure you follow the steps closely, so you can mimic the original perfection.
What do you think? Do you have any best tips and tricks for reheating calzone? Let me know in the comments.