Eggplant and Sausage Calzones


  • 1 eggplant peeled strips from the skin, diced
  • 1.3 lb pizza dough refrigerated, thawed
  • 1 sausage
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlicminced
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • 3.5 oz pizza mozzarella grated
  • 1 cup parsley minced, optional
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • spray oil
  • 1 tsp salt optional
  • 1 pinch black pepper optional
  • Take the dough out of the fridge and bring it to room temperature.
  • Remove the sausage from the casing in small pieces.
  • Sauté onions, garlic, eggplant, and sausage with the olive oil in the Instant Pot with the sauté function or on the stovetop in a pan for the filling.
  • When the eggplants are cooked and the sausage pieces are nicely browned, turn off the heat.
  • Taste the filling and season with salt and black pepper if needed. The flavour will depend on the type of sausage used in the recipe.
  • Mix in parsley (optional).
  • Divide the dough into three pieces.
  • Dip your fingers into flour. Round and flatten the first piece into a 7–8-inch-wide circle on a floured surface. A rolling pin would be helpful.
  • Spread pizza sauce on the dough, leaving a 3/4-inch gap on the side.
  • Place 1/3 of the filling on half of the dough, keeping the ¾ -inch border clean to seal the calzone.
  • Spread 1/3 of the grated cheese on top of the filling.
  • Fold the empty half of the dough on top to form a half-circle shape. Seal the sides by pinching or with the help of a fork.
  • Place the calzone on a floured surface to prevent sticking.
  • Repeat steps 6–11 for the remaining two pieces of dough.
  • Select Bake. Set the temperature to 400 °F and the timer to 30 minutes. Press Start.
  • When the unit is hot, spray oil on the air frying plate in the bottom of the basket.
  • Gently place the calzone in the air-frying basket.
  • After 5 minutes, gently turn the calzone. Spray oil on top. Close the basket.
  • Calzone will be ready when the top is nicely browned, in 3–5 minutes.
  • When it is ready, take the first calzone out on a plate.
  • Repeat steps 15–19 for the remaining two calzones.
  • Rest the calzones for 5 minutes.
  • Cut in half and serve.
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