Ham and Cheese Breakfast Calzone - A Homemade Calzone filled with old style rosemary smoked ham, free-run eggs and loads of Parmigiano-Reggiano.
This Ham and Cheese Breakfast Calzone is chock full of delicious rosemary smoked ham, fluffy eggs and tons of parm. I'm an adult, I can eat pizza for breakfast and so can you. This is an easy and fun way to spice up your morning meal. Plus, it's portable - bonus.
While I was shopping for some BBQ things, I found a calzone press from a local store and I was extremely excited! I've always found it a bit difficult sealing a calzone, or any other dough-type thing for that matter, I don't know why - it just doesn't work for me the way it should, so I thought this would make it very easy and neat. I was right! As usual. When I make something this good, it usually means I have to share - annoying - but at least it is a confirmation of my skills as a cook, I think. Regardless, this recipe is a winner.
What is a Calzone?
In my mind, a calzone is essentially just a folded up pizza, but in correct terms, a calzone is an Italian oven-baked turnover made with folded pizza dough that originated in Naples in the 18th century. A typical calzone is made from salted bread dough that is stuffed with meat, vegetables, and cheese (as well as eggs, like in this one) and baked in an oven. Folded up pizza, am I right?
Keep scrolling to the printable recipe card for FULL ingredient amounts and instructions, don't ask stupid questions.
- Ham - Rosemary ham or any other ham that you like.
- Cheese - We are using parmigiano! Shredded.
- Eggs - The ones that come from chickens.
- Salt & Pepper - To taste.
For the calzone dough itself, you can make or buy your own pizza dough. BETTER YET, you can use my Easy Pizza Dough Recipe.
How to make a ham and cheese breakfast calzone
- Preheat Oven - Place a pizza stone inside your oven and preheat at 450° F / 230° C. The stone has to be fairly hot, make sure you wait for about 20 minutes before you throw your calzone inside.
- Combine Ingredients - Crack the eggs in a bowl and combine them with meat and cheese; stir lightly.
- You can use just one egg if you prefer, they do get very fluffy inside the dough pocket.
- Assemble & Bake - Roll the dough and place the ingredients in the middle. Seal it properly so it doesn't crack when baking and place it onto a pizza stone. Bake for 15-20 minutes and enjoy!
Using a pizza stone
I used my trusty pizza stone for this recipe. Some people love it, others don't care, but I think one of the reasons my calzone looks so damn good is because of the stone! It seems the temperature is a bit more uniform, though it does take more than 10 minutes to bake since you have to preheat the stone for at least 30 minutes before placing the calzone on it.
This step is completely up to you. Your calzone will turn out with or without it, but I think it gives it that extra OOMPH. Give it a shot and let me know how you like it!
How to serve
It's obviously a breakfast calzone, which means we're eating pizza for breakfast! You can honestly fill these calzones with whatever you'd like - they're super versatile like that.
How to store leftover calzones
If by chance you have any leftovers, which you shouldn't because this calzone is the bomb - You can store it in an airtight container in your fridge for 3-4 days.
Ham and Cheese Breakfast Calzone
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- 2 oz rosemary ham or any other ham that you like
- 1 oz parmigiano shredded
- 2 eggs
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Place a pizza stone inside your oven and preheat at 450° F / 230° C. The stone has to be fairly hot so make sure you wait for about 20 minutes before you throw your calzone inside.
- Crack the eggs in a bowl and combine them with meat and cheese; stir lightly. You could probably use just one egg if you think is too much for you, mine got very fluffy inside the dough pocket.
- Toll the dough and place the ingredients in the middle. Seal it properly so it doesn't crack when baking and place it onto a pizza stone. Bake for 15-20 minutes and enjoy!