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Calzone, or little pockets, are like pizzas that are folded into a half-moon shape. These smaller versions are great snacks as they can be eaten with your hands.


  • For the dough

  • 2 pinches of salt

  • 2 teaspoon dried yeast

  • 280ml warm water

  • 360g strong plain flour, plus extra for dusting

  • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for greasing

  • Vegetarian filling

  • 500g ricotta cheese

  • 80g freshly grated pecorino cheese

  • 100g rocket leaves, chopped

  • 80g crushed pistachio

  • Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg

  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Meat filling

  • 6 slices of cooked ham

  • 6 slices of mozzarella, drained

  • 100g pesto

  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • 1.

    Sift the flour into a large bowl and mix in the salt and yeast. Make a well in the centre and add the water mixture along with the olive oil.

  • 2.

    Use a wooden spoon to mix everything together to create a wet dough. Turn out the dough onto a clean well-floured surface and work it with your hands for about 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Shape in 6 balls, place on a greased and floured baking tray and cover with a tea-towel. Leave in a warm place to rest for at least 30 minutes until the dough nearly doubles in size.

  • 3.

    Meanwhile preheat the oven to 220ºC/425°F/gas mark 7.

  • 4.

    Once rested turn out the balls onto a floured surface.  Use your hands to push out from the centre, creating six round discs, about 15cm in diameter.  Place the pizza bases on two oiled baking trays.

  • 5.

    To prepare the vegetarian filling, mix all the ingredients in a large bowl and equally divide between the three pizza bases. Please make sure that you place the filling on one side of the disc.

  • 6.

    To prepare the meat filling, spread the pesto equally on the remaining pizza bases, place a slice of ham on top, two slices of mozzarella, a pinch of salt and pepper and cover with the remaining ham. Please make sure that you place the filling on one side of the disc.

  • 7.

    Gently fold one side of the pizza disc on top of the other creating a half moon shape. Ensure that you seal properly the half moon shaped calzone.

  • 8.

    Cook in the middle of the oven for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Once ready rest them on a rack for approximately 1 minute and enjoy with a cold beer.

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