Chef John’s Ham and Cheese Calzones –

4 calzones

prepared pizza dough
ricotta cheese
freshly ground black pepper
cayenne pepper
finely diced smoked ham
fresh mozzarella cheese
extra-virgin olive oil
freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
marinara sauce for dipping


Preheat oven to 500 degrees F (260 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Divide dough into 4 equal portions; shape each into a ball. On a lightly floured surface, flatten each dough ball into a flat circle and roll out into an 8- or 9-inch circle.

Place 2 prosciutto slices on one half of each circle of dough, leaving a 1-inch empty border. Spoon ricotta cheese on prosciutto. Season with a pinch of salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper. Top with chopped ham, mozzarella slices, and a drizzle of olive oil.

Moisten edge of dough with a bit of water using your fingertip. Fold the empty half of the dough over the filling and lightly seal edges. Crimp the edges up to completely seal the calzone.

Sprinkle lined baking sheet with cornmeal. Transfer calzones to baking sheet. Cut several small slits in the top of the crust with the tip of a knife to allow for venting.

Beat egg with water to make egg wash. Brush the calzones with egg wash. Dust with grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Remove excess cornmeal and grated cheese from around calzones to avoid smoke from the hot oven.

Bake in preheated oven until browned, about 15 minutes. Let cool 15 minutes before serving. Serve with heated marinara sauce for dipping.

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Chicken Adobo –

Chicken Filipino
Main dish, Chicken, Filipino

Chicken thighs
Soy sauce
Bay leaves

Place all ingredients in a pot and simmer until chicken is tender, about 1 hour. Serve hot over cooked rice. It can also be cooked in a crock pot on low setting all day. this easy recipe can be prepared ahead and it freezes well.

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How To Make Perfect Bacon in the Oven

4 Servings
Bacon American
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High quality bacon like Niman Ranch

1. Put your oven rack in the middle position, preheat the oven to 375° and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

2. Lay the bacon strips out flat on the baking sheet, leaving space so they don’t overlap.

3. Pop the bacon in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes. If it’s thick bacon that produces a lot of grease you’ll want to drain the grease halfway through.

4. When the larger grease bubbles subside and smaller bubbles appear on the bacon, you know it’s done (see pictures #3 and #4). If the bacon is already firm in the oven then it’s cooked to long. Bacon firms up as it cools, generally.

Additional Notes: In picture #5 you can see the difference between the bacon on the left which was baked for 15 minutes at 375 and the bacon on the right which was cooked for almost 20 minutes. Depending on how crispy you like your bacon, you can pull it out early or leave it in for a bit longer, but a couple of minutes makes a big difference. Remember to save your bacon fat for future uses!

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Rosemary Roasted Cashews –

12 Servings
Cashews Appetizer
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Fresh Rosemary Leaves
Dark brown Sugar
Kosher Salt
Melted Butter

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Place the nuts on an ungreased baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes until they are warmed through. Meanwhile, combine the rosemary, pepper, sugar, salt and butter in a large bowl. Toss the warm nuts with the rosemary mixture until the nuts are completely coated. Serve warm.

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Ground beef American
bread crumbs, onion, worcestshire sauce, Comfort Food, Ground Beef, Main Dish, Ground beef, American

ground beef
creole seasoning
black pepper
red pepper flakes
onion soup mix
dried parsley
plain dry bread crumbs
worcestershire sauce
bell peppers

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl combine all ingredients. Mix until everything has been combined throughout ground beef.

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