I, Farm Boy, love-making homemade pizza but wanted to try something a little different. After Easter we had some leftover ham, just a little! Most went home with family members in our to go boxes but we still had a lot left. I found this recipe from Mario Batali that looked really delicious. Honestly you can only make so much ham and bean soup or mac and cheese with leftover ham!http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/mario-batali/ricotta-and-ham-calzone-recipe/index.html
Ingredients for This Recipe
- 1/2 cup fresh ricotta cheese
- 1/3 pound prosciutto or ham, cut into 1-inch chunks
- 1/2 pound fresh mozzarella, cut into 1-inch chunks
- 2 eggs
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup freshly grated pecorino cheese
- Extra-virgin olive oil, for the crust
- Pizza paddle
- Bread Dough
Basic Bread Dough:
- 1/4 cup light red wine or white wine
- 3/4 cup warm water
- 1 package yeast
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
Combine the wine, water, and yeast in a large bowl and stir until dissolved. Add the honey, salt, and the olive oil and mix thoroughly. Add 1 cup of the flour and mix with a wooden spoon to make a loose batter. Add 2 more cups of the flour and stir with the spoon for 2 to 3 minutes to incorporate as much flour as possible.
After 45 minutes, cut the risen dough into 2 equal pieces and knead each portion into a round. Cover again and let rise for 15 minutes. The dough is now ready to be used.
Spoon the filling onto the center of the dough round laid out on the pizza paddle. Using your fingers or brush, dab a little extra-virgin olive oil all around the edge of the dough. Fold each round over itself to make a half-moon shape.
Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Place the calzones on your baking stone and place in the oven and cook until the dough is cooked through and golden brown, about 25 minutes. Cut into 4 pieces and serve immediately. Use some pizza sauce on the side for dipping.
I loved how the bread turned out and I think it may be my new bread recipe. I will try some spicy Italian sausage and red sauce next time. These are delicious!