Ham and Cheese Calzone

Sunday is National Calzone day. What exactly is a calzone?

Traditionally a calzone is literally a folded pizza. The toppings become stuffing and you eat it like a sandwich. Created in Naples, Italy in the 1700 as a way for people to walk around eating pizza.

But I’ve noticed some restaurants take liberties with those fillings! We had a barbecued pork calzone that was amazing.

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So here is my version of a “non-pizza” calzone. What will yours be?

Here’s How to Do it:

This calzone is so easy to make!

Get all your ingredients ready.

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Make up the mustard dip by mixing all the ingredients together until well blended.

Give the ham a quick sear in a heavy skillet. It helps to bring out the flavor.

Cut the pizza dough into quarters.

On the edge of of each square, place 1/4 of the ham, cheese and a tablespoon or two of the mustard mixture.

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Fold the dough over and pinch the edges to seal (make sure you’ve sealed it well).

Place on a baking sheet that is very lightly oiled. Brush the top with melted butter and parmesan cheese.

Bake at 350° for about 20 minutes, or until the dough is browned and golden.

Remove from oven and  allow to cool a little before eating – there is a lot of steam inside that will burn you!

Serve with pickles on the side (you can also chop them up and put them inside!)

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Ham and Cheese Calzone

An all American variation of an Italian favorite.

  • 1 package refrigerator Pizza dough
  • 2 to 3 cups cubed ham
  • 1 cup Pepper jack cheese
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1/3 cup dried parmesan cheese (canned)

Mustard Dip

  • 3 Tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1/4 Cup sour cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Get all your ingredients ready.

    Make up the mustard dip by mixing all the ingredients together until well blended.

    Give the ham a quick sear in a heavy skillet. It helps to bring out the flavor.

  2. Cut the pizza dough into quarters.

  3. On the edge of each square, place 1/4 of the ham, cheese and a tablespoon or two of the mustard mixture.

  4. Fold the dough over and pinch the edges to seal (make sure you've sealed it well).

  5. Place on a baking sheet that is very lightly oiled.

  6. Brush the top of each with the melted butter then sprinkle with some parmesan cheese.

  7. Bake at 350° for about 20 minutes, or until the dough is browned and golden.

  8. Remove from oven and  allow to cool a little before eating – there is a lot of steam inside that will burn you!

  9. Serve with pickles on the side (you can also chop them up and put them inside!)

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