Italian Panzerotti

Friday, January 17, 2020
Italian Panzerotti is a fried inside out pizza, as they were described to me when I first had them. These are fried pizza pies but the filling is inside, like a fried stromboli stuffed pizza crust.


The panzerotti is often mistaken for the much larger calzone.


They look alike and they’re both from Italy.


The panzerotti, however, is thought to have started in a small area of Apulia, a southern area next to the Adriatic Sea.


Starting out with homemade pizza dough, stuffed then fried, a delicious inside out pizza is born which is basically what these are.


Interesting fact: panzerotti are so popular in North America that more people consume them in the US and Canada than they do in Italy.


They’re also the basis for the frozen food or what they call hot pockets here in American.


While calzones are more commonly the size of a medium pizza, panzerotti’s remain small and sandwich size.


They tend to be about 9″ inches in diameter and semi-circled.


Panzerotti is essentially salted, deep-fried, pockets of dough filled with melted mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce, and your pick of “toppings.”


During the frying process, they create a pocket of steam that needs to be released prior to eating as they are extremely hot inside like a fritter.


Panzerotti are so easy to eat while on-the-go it can be a great lunch, snack or a whole meal can be made with them





this is a stuffed pizza with meat and cheese in a dough deep fried









Panzerotti is a stuffed fried dough with italian meats, cheese and fried with sauce in it. It is like an inside put pizza






A Popular Inside Out Pizza



They are very popular in the New Jersey area.


I have made them many times and these are always a treat since they take a little more time than a usual pizza pie.


These finally came out exactly how I remembered them. Little like making a filled pizza fritte.


More work but delicious!


Shown is simple pepperoni and mozzarella with garlic, oregano, and fresh chopped parsley with some sauce inside.


Make sure you drain them on paper towels before serving. Very yummy.





this is showing the inside of fried dough that is stuffed with sauce, mozzarella cheese and deep fried







Different Fillings



Back when I was growing up mom would just make pizza dough and we didn't really have many different fillings.



You can really adapt these to your favorite pizza toppings and place them inside the dough then fry them.



I really love to experiment. There are a few not mentioned in the recipe I can tell you that are delicious combinations.









Panzerotti is a stuffed fried dough with italian meats, cheese and fried with sauce in it. It is like an inside put pizza







Combination Suggestions


  • Sausage, cheese, mushroom, peppers, and sauce
  • Pepperoni, mozzarella, sauce
  • Shrimp, cheese, garlic, sauce
  • Peppers, olives, onion, cheese, saice
  • Eggplant, tomatoes, cheese, sauce
  • Zucchini, tomato, cheese, sauce
  • Mushrooms, sausage, olives, cheese, sauce
  • All meats, sauce, cheese, a dollop of ricotta
  • Ham, cheese, pineapple, no sauce
  • Ricotta, cheese, sauce
  • Cooked chicken, sauce, cheese
  • Spinach, mozzarella, ricotta, garlic







Panzerotti is a stuffed fried dough with italian meats, cheese and fried with sauce in it. It is like an inside put pizza








Tools Needed


  • Rolling Pin
  • Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Dough cutter
  • Pastry brush
  • Fork








this is raw pizza dough with  Italian meats, cheese and fried with sauce in it. It is like an inside put pizza







Tips



  • Roll dough around 1/2 thick
  • Let dough rest at least a half-hour
  • Don't overfill and keep to the middle
  • Seal the inside edges with egg wash and outside
  • Crimp edges with a fork
  • Make sure oil is hot before frying test it







Panzerotti is a stuffed fried dough with italian meats, cheese and fried with sauce in it. It is like an inside put pizza







Filling suggestions and Tips

There are so many possibilities to fill these with from all vegetables to fully packed with delicious Italian imported meats.


  1. Crushed meatballs, cooked loose sausage, pepperoni, anchovies, shrimp are just a few that are particularly most asked for in these.
  2. Diced peppers, eggplant, zucchini, spinach, escarole, arugula, tomatoes, olives, mushrooms, onions
  3. Chunks of mozzarella, Swiss, Cheddar, Havarti, and Grated Parmesan
  4. Meat sauce, marinara sauce, hot sauce

Note: If you prefer to bake them you can but you won't get the same flavor impact and will be more like a stromboli.
I do not recommend baking these, for the true experience of Panzerotti.







This is oil heated in a large frying pan with a raw panzerotti inside out pizza ready to fry





The Jersey Shore



Being popular in the New Jersey area, you will find these in many Italian restaurants there.


They are famous for some of the best Italian Panzerotti, made to order here in America.






inside out pizza is a stuffed pizza and fried







Try Some Other Of Our Favorite Recipes




Upstate NY Style Tomato Pie (cold version)
Sausage Roll and Calzones
Mushroom and Roasted Pepper Ciabatta
Curt's Pizzone Pizza Pie




this is a bowl of pizza dough rising








Ingredients You Will Need


  • (Amounts will be determined on how many you make)
  • Sauce store-bought or I make my own marinara
  • Meats and fillings combinations you prefer see suggestions below.
  • Suggestions: cooked sausage, capicola, mortadella, salami, prosciutto, ham, shrimp, chopped mushrooms, chopped spinach leaves, anchovies, crushed meatballs, sliced olives, chopped eggplant, chopped peppers or tomatoes.
  • Whole milk mozzarella slices or use provolone
  • Grated cheese
  • Homemade or store-bought pizza dough 
  • Flour for rolling the dough
  • Optional herbs and spice: Use fresh parsley, basil or dried oregano. You can also add for some heat and to taste cayenne pepper, granulated garlic, or fresh minced garlic, salt, pepper.
  • Blended olive oil and canola or use vegetable oil for frying





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Yield: 12

Italian Pancerotti

prep time: 25 minscook time: 10 minstotal time: 35 mins
This is a stuffed mini similar to a calzone called Panzerotti. This is fried dough with various pizza fillings and sauce with lots of melted cheese inside. Some refer this as an inside out pizza.

ingredients:

  • you will need:
  • Sauce store-bought or I make my own marinara click here
  • Meats and fillings combinations you prefer see suggestions below.
  • Suggestions: cooked sausage, capicola, mortadella, salami, prosciutto, ham, shrimp, chopped mushrooms, chopped spinach leaves, anchovies, crushed meatballs, sliced olives, chopped eggplant, chopped peppers or tomatoes.
  • Whole milk mozzarella slices or use provolone
  • Grating cheese
  • Homemadeor store-bought pizza dough click here for recipe use at room temperature not risen.
  • Flour for rolling the dough
  • Optional herbs and spice: Use fresh parsley, basil or dried oregano. You can also add for some heat and to taste cayenne pepper, granulated garlic, or fresh minced garlic, salt, pepper.
  • Blended olive oil and canola or use vegetable oil for frying.

instructions:

  1. Roll out dough to 8-inch or 9-inch rounds on a heavily floured board 
  2. Place 3 to 4 tablespoons sauce on the dough in the middle. Place a slice of whole milk mozzarella or provolone on the sauce.
  3. Add around 2 pieces of meat and 3 tablespoons of any other filling you choose. Sprinkle with grated cheese then add any of the herbs, spices of choice.
  4. Fold over the rounds like a half-moon. Crimp all edges with a fork or ravioli crimping tool.
  5. Heat oil to 350 degrees. Fry on both sides around 2 minutes each side or until golden brown flipping with two spatulas. Drain on paper towels. Serve with more sauce or great the way they are plain, these are truly delicious with nothing on them. Best eaten while room temperature.
Calories
320
Fat (grams)
15
Sat. Fat (grams)
8
Carbs (grams)
21
Fiber (grams)
14
Net carbs
22
Sugar (grams)
6
Protein (grams)
11
Sodium (milligrams)
12
Created using The Recipes Generator







Italian Panzerotti Pin for later




Panzerotti is a stuffed fried dough with italian meats, cheese and fried with sauce in it. It is like an inside put pizza





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this is showing the inside of fried dough that is stuffed with sauce, mozzarella cheese and deep fried





Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2015. It was edited and re-published in 2020.

15 comments

  1. Looks like a winner Claudia and I think I'd like better than a calzone.

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  2. Wow, these sound amazing! I'd love one with sausage, muffins and peppers!!

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  3. These sound really good and I am going to try these soon.

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  4. Sounds so delicious! I've never tried Panzerotti - will definitely have to now!

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  5. Sounds delicious! I lobe the fact it is made with homemade sauce. Perfect for a rainy day!

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  6. Oh, my! That's over the top deliciousness right there!

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  7. I'm a sucker for anything bready and cheesey and I love this recipe!

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  8. As a NJ native, I can attest to the popularity of these here! Love your homemade version, Claudia and filling options! )

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  9. This looks incredibly delicious and sounds like a must try to me - I look forward to enjoying this soon!

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  10. Mmm I haven’t had a panzerotti in ages. This sounds so delicious!

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  11. OK now this sounds like something made for me! I love a good calzone - it's basically the only pizza I ever order - and everything is better in the smaller version, right?!

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  12. Such a delicious recipe! Pure comfort food.

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  13. I've only had these once but remember how flavorful and tasty they were. Yours are fantastic looking and I can't wait to make these myself.

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  14. Wow delicious! Inside out Pizza is my new favorite!

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  15. I hadn't tried anything quite like this Italian Panzerotti, but it was so delicious! I felt so proud that I made it myself and my entire family loved it!

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