I love calzones. If you’ve never had one, they’re basically a Stromboli with ricotta cheese inside. They’re also super simple to make at home too. I made 4 personal sized calzones last time I baked them, but you can certainly make one big one and serve it in slices if you prefer!
You can certainly make your own homemade pizza dough, but that’s just an extra lot of work if you ask me. You can buy a dough ball at the grocery store and a lot of pizza shops will sell you one as well. Now that you have your dough, all you have to do is stretch it out and add your toppings. I used ham slices, pepperoni, ricotta cheese and a good amount of mozzerella cheese in mine! You’ll want to keep them all on one half of the dough, so that you’re able to fold the other side over to cover it.
Then just press your edges together. You can crimp them with a fork or just sort of twist them to seal it. Then I brush the tops of the calzones with olive oil and sprinkle with a little Parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning. Cut a few slits in the top so the calzone doesn’t break open while baking. Grease a baking sheet with a small amount of olive oil and place prepared calzones on sheet. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven, about 20 minutes, until dough is browned and filling is hot. Allow to cool a few minutes before serving with a side of your favorite marinara sauce for dipping. 😎✌️
- 1 prepared pizza dough ball
- 4-8 slices deli ham
- 1 package sliced pepperoni
- 8 oz. ricotta cheese
- 2 tbsp. Parmesan cheese
- 1 tbsp. Italian seasoning
- Olive oil
- 1 jar marinara sauce (for serving)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Divide dough ball into quarters if making individual sized calzones, or leave whole for one large size. Stretch dough out into oval shapes.
- Place desired toppings on one half of the dough starting with ham, then a layer of ricotta, followed by pepperoni and mozzerella cheese on top.
- Fold other half of dough over to cover, and crimp or fold edges to seal.
- Brush a cookie sheet with a small amount of olive oil. Also, brush a small amount of oil over the top of the calzones.
- Sprinkle the top with Parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning. Cut a few slits in each to allow heat to escape.
- Bake in preheated 400 degree oven until dough is browned and filling is hot and cheeses melted, about 20 min.
- Cool several minutes before slicing. Serve with your favorite marinara sauce for dipping.