Ham-And-Cheese Calzones

Course : Italian
Serves: 4
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15 ounces ricotta cheese
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 pound prepared fresh or frozen pizza dough -- thawed
8 ounces sliced baked ham

Preparation / Directions:

1. Line large sieve with coffee filters or cheesecloth and place in large bowl. Add cheese; drain 30 minutes. Transfer to medium bowl; stir in pepper. 2. Meanwhile, arrange oven racks in middle and upper thirds of oven. Heat oven to 425¡F. Lightly grease two jelly-roll pans. 3. Place dough onto lightly floured surface. Divide into 4 equal pieces; shape each into a ball. Roll each ball into a 7-inch circle. Divide ham evenly among circles, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Divide and spread ricotta over ham. Fold circles in half and press edges with tines of a fork. 4. Arrange 2 calzones on each prepared pan; prick tops with fork. Bake 18 to 20 minutes, switching pans halfway through, until lightly browned. Prep time: 15 minutes plus standing Baking time: 18 to 20 minutes Degree of difficulty: Easy

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