Recipe: $3.16 | Per Serving: $0.79 | Yield: 4 Calzones
Is it too soon to post another pizza-like recipe? I know I just posted Roasted Veggie Naan Pizzas last week, but you can never have too much pizza. And calzones are different, right?
Despite having a pizza-loving mom, we didn’t order a ton of pizza as a kid. Probably because the only delivery place around was Dominoes, and it was kind of pricy compared to homemade meals, and the best pizza in our area was a 30-minute drive. But then again, just about everything was a 30-minute drive. However, that surprisingly delicious pizza from The Middle of Nowhere, VA moved right down the street from my parent’s house a few years ago. And I have to say, their calzones are off the hook!
Whenever we did order pizza, we would usually order one plain pie and one Hawaiian, which is Canadian bacon (or ham) & pineapple. As a super picky eater, it took me a while to come around to the Hawaiian pie, but it also happens to be one of Zac’s favorite topping combos, so, alas, I was destined to love it.
We had some pizza ingredients hanging out in the fridge so why not try a ham & pineapple calzone? Fantastic decision. These are really easy to whip together, I promise! And they were perfect for lunch – just nuke them in the microwave for 1 minute, or reheat them in the toaster oven (or oven) for about 6 minutes on 350ºF.
In other news – I have 11 days of work left before a 2 month break! Our plans are finalized for our 1 month of Japanese/South Korean/Singaporean travel, and then it’s back to the states to see family and start hunting for JOBS and APARTMENTS and CARS in BALTIMORE. It’s happening!Print
- 1 cup ricotta cheese
- 2 cloves garlic, minced or grated
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
- 1/4 cup minced red onion (about 1/4 onion)
- 4 ounces ham, cut into cubes or strips
- 1 cup pineapple chunks (drain if using canned)
- 1/2 recipe pizza dough
- optional: 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- for dipping: 1 cup marinara or pizza sauce
- Place the ricotta cheese in a large bowl. Add the minced garlic and seasonings (salt, dried oregano, dried basil, red pepper flakes) and mix well. Stir in the red onion, ham, and pineapple. (Taste and adjust seasoning if desired – I like more red pepper flakes!)
- Cut the dough into four equal pieces and roll each out into a large circle. Divide the filling among the four circles, place on half of the dough. Top each with mozzarella cheese (optional).
- Press the filling down slightly and fold over the top of the dough. Press the edges together by rolling them slightly.
- Place on parchment-lined baking sheet and bake on 400ºF for 8-12 minutes, or until top is slightly brown.
You can cut a slit in the top to let out the steam. This helps prevent the seams from bursting. I don’t always do it though.