MINI HAM & CHEESE CALZONES are an easy to make dinner give pizza night a whole new meaning for kids and adults!
Calzone is Italian for ‘stocking’ or ‘trousers’. It’s like a pizza, wrapped in dough and the fillings can range from plain cheese, to sausage and served with a side of marinara sauce.
Just like pizza, you can customize the calzone to fill them with any filling of your choice and a great change to regular pizza. For these particular calzones, I chose simple ham and cheese. If you’ve never made your own pizza dough, I urge you to give it a try. It is so rewarding and delicious and is easier than you think. I always have my own homemade marinara sauce in the freezer for times like this (you can also use your favorite jarred sauce).
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These calzones make perfect entertaining bites or something to nibble on while watching a movie, don’t forget extra sauce for dipping.
- For the dough
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 package 3/4 ounce rapid-rise yeast
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- For the filling
- 1 cup marinara sauce
- 6 ounces mozzarella cheese grated
- Sliced ham
- For the dough
- Add the water to a bowl and stir in the yeast, honey, salt and olive oil.
- To a clean work surface pile the flour and make a well in the center.
- Add a little of the yeast liquid and use your fingers to slowly incorporate flour. Add a little more liquid as it is absorbed by the flour until you get a nice dough ball. You may not use all the liquid, don't let the dough be too sticky.
- Knead the dough for 5 minutes until smooth.
- Lightly oil a bowl with a little olive oil and transfer the dough to the bowl.
- Turn once to coat all sides with the oil. Cover the bowl and put the bowl in a warm area to rise until doubled in volume, about 40 minutes.
- Punch down the dough and place it in a lightly-floured surface.
- Divide the dough into 12 balls. Cover and allow to rest for 20 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and cover a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Once the dough balls have rested, working on a floured surface, roll out 1 ball to a 4 1/2 inch round, about 1/8 inch thick.
- Place half a teaspoon of sauce in the center and add 1 teaspoon cheese and a slice of ham, leaving a border.
- Fold the dough in half over the filling and press to seal using your fingers or a fork.
- Place on the parchment lined baking sheet and continue with the rest.
- Before baking, brush the pastry with milk and brush sauce onto the centers. Bake for 15 minutes until golden brown.
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