Wondering how to reheat a calzone? I have you covered!
When calzones are on the menu, there are always leftovers.
And reheating a calzone is more complicated than a simple slice of pizza.
So, how to reheat a calzone so it maintains the perfect gooeyness the next day?
From the oven, skillet, and air fryer, reheating a calzone is simple.
And if you can’t wait, there’s even a microwave method (but it’s less than ideal).
I’ll show you how to reheat a calzone to maintain a perfectly crisp outside.
You’ll also get a warm, gooey inside that’s just as good as day one.
1. How to Reheat a Calzone in the Oven
Reheating calzones in the oven is perfect if you need to reheat more than one piece.
It’s a great way to reheat calzones for a bigger group and requires less fussing.
As with any reheating method, there are always pros and cons. Reheating calzones in the oven requires patience.
But like all great things in life, it’s worth the wait. Trust me.
If you have the patience required, reheating in the oven is one of the best methods.
Why? Because it creates a nice, crispy crust while gently heating the cheesy to gooey deliciously.
Bonus points: the insides won’t be molten-lava hot if heated correctly.
To reheat it in the oven, follow these simple instructions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and place a baking sheet in the oven while it preheats.
2. Place chilled calzones on the preheated baking sheet and set the oven timer for 5 minutes.
3. After 5 minutes, flip the calzone so both sides become crispy. Bake it for an additional 5 minutes.
Cooking times vary for different types of calzones.
A super-stuffed meaty calzone may need a few more minutes than a simple cheesy calzone.
To check for doneness, cut the calzone in half. If the inside isn’t warm enough, pop it back in the oven for a few minutes.
It takes time but tastes as good as day one.
2. How to Reheat a Calzone in a Skillet
The skillet method is the best way to heat a calzone, but the downside is that you can only reheat one at a time.
The oven method is much quicker if you have more than one calzone, but the skillet yields a perfectly golden crust and gooey insides.
What I also love about the skillet method is that you can make minor adjustments to ensure your calzone cooks perfectly.
If you find that the crust of your calzone is a little dry, add a little bit of water to the pan and cover the lid.
If it’s too soggy or you want a bit more crunch, toss some oil in the pan for a super-crispy crust.
Cooking a calzone in the skillet ensures that the outside is perfectly crispy and the insides are at the perfect temperature.
This way, it won’t burn the inside of your mouth!
For the skillet method, follow these simple instructions.
1. Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat. When the skillet is hot, place your calzone in the skillet.
2. Cook the calzone for 2 minutes, and flip it with a spatula.
3. Heat it on the other side for an additional 2 minutes. Remove it from the heat, and enjoy!
The skillet method is one of the best ways to reheat a calzone because it’s quick and easy.
It also ensures that your calzone leftovers are at the perfect temperature.
Add water or oil to the pan to adjust the crust as needed. Water makes it softer, and oil makes it crispy and crunchy.
3. How to Reheat a Calzone in the Air Fryer
Calling all air-fryer fanatics! Who doesn’t love the handy-dandy air fryer? Is there anything the air fryer can’t do?
If your favorite part of a calzone is a crunchy crust, the air fryer method is right up your alley.
The air fryer method reheats calzones like an oven but is quicker and crunchier.
It’s not great for reheating multiple calzones but for maintaining that tasty, crispy crust.
It creates a perfectly crunchy outside while gently warming the filling that tastes just as good as day one.
The insides are gooey but won’t turn it into hot molten lava.
You need to monitor your calzone in the air fryer more than the oven method, but it’s well worth it if you love a crispy, crunchy crust.
It’s like a fusion between the skillet and the oven method.
It reheats it slowly and creates a golden crust, but depending on the size of your air fryer, you can only reheat one at a time.
To reheat your calzone in the air fryer, follow these simple instructions.
1. Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Place the calzone in the air fryer, and bake it for 3-4 minutes.
3. After 4 minutes, check the inside of your calzone. If it’s still cool inside, cook it for an additional minute.
4. Remove it from the air fryer and enjoy!
The air fryer method is excellent if you love the super crispy crust of calzone.
It continues to brown the crust while gently heating the insides.
It doesn’t take as long as the oven, but you can only reheat one at a time.
Remember that the air fryer continues to brown the outside of the crust.
So check in frequently to ensure that your calzone doesn’t burn!
4. How to Reheat a Calzone in the Microwave
I saved the worst for last.
Ah, yes, the microwave. It’s everyone’s go-to method for reheating leftovers.
While it might be quick and easy (and you don’t have to dirty a pan), it’s less than ideal.
Reheating calzones in the microwave makes the dough soft and mushy, losing its wonderful crispiness.
And there’s no clever hack to ensure a nice and crispy crust when using the microwave.
But if you don’t mind a mushy crust, here’s a quick way to reheat a calzone in the microwave.
1. Place the calzone on a microwave-safe plate.
2. Set the microwave timer to one minute, and cook it on a high power setting.
3. Check the inside of the calzone. If it’s still cool, continue to nuke it for 30 seconds.
4. Remove the calzone from the microwave, let it sit for a minute, and enjoy!
Keep in mind that reheating in the microwave tends to turn your calzone filling into molten lava if it’s nuked for too long.
Before you excitedly dig into your reheated calzone, cut it down the middle and let the insides cool slightly.
Reheating calzones in the microwave isn’t the best option.
It’s best when you need a midnight snack and need it quickly.
But if you want to recreate the calzone magic for dinner the next day, the microwave method is not great.
You’d be better off eating a cold calzone than one that took a trip in the microwave!
Tips on Storing Leftover Calzones
You’re not alone if you fail to eat an entire calzone in one sitting! Calzones are enormous, and leftovers are very likely.
So, knowing how to store calzone leftovers is vital.
You’ll want your calzone to come to room temperature before popping it in the fridge.
Placing a warn calzone in the fridge creates moisture inside the container, turning your crispy crust into mush.
Placing warm calzones in the fridge is a hotbed for bacteria to grow.
Once it’s cooled, place your calzone in an air-tight container.
It will remain fresh for up to 3 days when stored in the fridge.
After three days, the crust will dry out and become stale. No one wants that.
If you prefer to freeze your calzone, the best way to store it in the freezer is to wrap it in aluminum foil.
Aluminum foil ensures no air or moisture between your freezer and the calzone.
Calzones stored in the freezer will last up to two months.
To reheat it, allow it to thaw in the fridge and heat it using one of the methods above.
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