Easter is only a few days away, so that means the prep has begun. Easter, as with many holidays, has many special traditions and so many revolve around food. You may make certain breads or desserts, maybe a certain meal. One food item that we look forward to each year is Calzone!
Calzone is sometimes referred to as Easter Pie, though it’s not sweet. It is a crust stuffed with different, savory ingredients. There are many different versions and different names for this– each unique to different regions, towns, and even families.
In our kitchen commissary, we make two different versions of this Easter Calzone from scratch– a traditional version and a sausage version.
Calzone prep! Keep reading for the finished product!
The Traditional Calzone is made with eggs, black olives, onions, and mozzarella cheese. All the ingredients are put into our homemade crust.
This meatless option is great for Good Friday. On Fridays during lent, those partaking are supposed to fast from meat. On Good Friday which is the Friday before Easter, you are supposed to fast.
Fasting in Christianity calls for people to eat one full meal and two smaller meals, but the two smaller meals cannot equal a full meal when put together.
On Good Friday, Romana and Angelo would have the calzone as their one meal. Romana would make hers a bit different– her filling would consist of onions, tomatoes, olives, and anchovies… we all know that every Barese recipe has anchovies in it somewhere! We refer to this as Scalcione, another name for the calzone! This calzone was their only meal of the day to respect fasting.
The other version of calzone we offer is a sausage one. This one is our homemade sausage, eggs, black olives, onions, and mozzarella cheese. This calzone is typically enjoyed on Easter day. The addition of meat makes it a heartier calzone. Heartier foods were typically used at feasts. Since Easter is a celebration and everyone is rejoicing, the more ingredients, the better for the calzone with meat!
We have both versions of calzone available through Easter. These are only available once a year, so get yours now!
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