Chef John's Ham and Cheese Calzones

These homemade calzones are stuffed with prosciutto, smoked ham, ricotta, and mozzarella cheese. Serve with marinara sauce for dipping, if desired.

Preheat oven to 500 degrees F (260 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Divide dough into 4 equal portions; shape each into a ball. On a lightly floured surface, flatten each...


  • 24 ounces prepared pizza dough
  • 8 slices prosciutto
  • 2 cups ricotta cheese, drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups finely diced smoked ham
  • 4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced, drained on paper towels
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon cornmeal
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 2 cups marinara sauce for dipping, heated (optional)

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