Valerie Bertinelli’s Grilled Cherry Pie Calzone

Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
35 min
6-8 servings

Valerie says she loves to make portable foods in the summer that she can bring to picnics, backyard parties and campfires. This grilled cherry pie calzone is one of her favourite recipes to make. Using store-bought pizza dough as her pie crust, the citrusy and tart cherry pie filling is a balanced with sweet flavours from the orange juice and caramelized sugars. The best part? It’s vegan!

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cups thawed and drained frozen cherries
cup packed light brown sugar
Tbsp orange zest plus 4 tablespoons orange juice
tsp vanilla extract
Tbsp cornstarch
Vegetable oil, for brushing
All-purpose flour, for dusting
pound store-bought pizza dough, at room temperature
Confectioners' sugar, for garnish


Step 1

Add the cherries, brown sugar, orange zest, vanilla extract and 2 tablespoons orange juice to a saucepan and heat over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the cherries have released all of their juices and the mixture is bubbly, 5 to 7 minutes.

Step 2

Mix the remaining 2 tablespoons orange juice with the cornstarch and add it to the cherry mixture. Stir until thickened, about 1 minute. Turn the heat off and cool the mixture to room temperature.

Step 3

Preheat a well-oiled grill over medium heat. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 4

Lightly flour a clean work surface. Roll the pizza dough into a circle ¼ – inch thick. Transfer the dough to the prepared baking sheet. Top one half of the dough with the cherry pie filling, leaving a 1-inch border around the edge. Fold the empty side of the dough up and over the filling. Pull the bottom edge of the dough up over the top edge, then fold and crimp the edges using your thumb and index finger. Use a pastry brush to brush the top of the calzone with vegetable oil.

Step 5

Carefully transfer the calzone, oil-side down, to the grill. Close the lid of the grill and cook until the base is set and nice grill marks have formed, 4 to 5 minutes. Brush the exposed side of the calzone with vegetable oil. Use a fish spatula to slide under the calzone and gently flip it over. Close the lid of the grill and cook until the dough is cooked through, another 4 to 5 minutes.

Step 6

Transfer the calzone to a serving platter and dust with the confectioners’ sugar. Cut into slices and serve immediately.

a piece of cherry pie on a plate

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