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Chez Panisse’s Famous Calzones

  • Author: alexandra
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 to 8


Source: Deborah Madison’s The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, whose recipe leaves out the prosciutto.

Filling yields 6 small calzone; for each calzone, use about 4 oz. pizza dough.

I am partial to the Jim Lahey pizza dough recipe, which would yield 12 calzones — his full recipe calls for dividing the dough into 6 rounds, and I find that half of each of these rounds is perfect for one calzone.

These are small calzones — 6 inches in diameter before folded. Also, I have used store-bought dough for these but the finished product wasn’t nearly as light — it was doughy and on the heavy side. There is something magical about the Lahey dough.

Original recipe calls for no egg wash — apparently at Chez Panisse, they brush these with olive oil as they exit the oven and sprinkle them with parmesan cheese. I’ve done both, but like how the egg wash gives these a golden crust.

A Baking Steel is a great tool for baking these as well as pizza and bread at home.


  • pizza dough (about 4- to 5-oz per calzone)
  • 2 cups grated mozzarella cheese, about 8 oz
  • 1 cup crumbled goat cheese, 4 oz (or a mix of goat and ricotta)
  • 2 tablespoons parsley chopped with 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup finely sliced scallions, including some of the greens
  • 2 slices prosciutto, finely diced/sliced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water for eggwash


  1. Remove pizza dough from fridge and divide into 4- to 5-oz portions. Roll into balls and let sit on floured work surface while you make the filling.
  2. Preheat oven to 450* F. If you have a Baking Steel or stone, place it in the oven.
  3. Combine cheeses, herbs, prosciutto, salt and pepper to taste. Taste. Add more salt if necessary. Set aside. Filling can be made several hours/days in advance and refrigerated.
  4. Line a pizza peel with a piece of parchment paper. (If you are not using a steel or stone, place parchment on baking sheet.)
  5. Roll each round out into a 6- to 7-inch round. Transfer each round to prepared peel. These are small, but I would bake no more than 3 to 4 at a time. Mound 3 heaping tablespoons of filling on the bottom half of each circle. Paint the edges with water, then fold the top down, press the dough together, and crimp the edges — try very hard to create a tight seal or it will burst while baking and filling will ooze out.
  6. Brush the tops of each calzone with egg wash. Bake for about 10 to 15 minutes or until golden on top. Remove from oven, let cool briefly, then serve.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes