I Crushed Dwayne Johnson’s Recipe for Football Calzones

Stuffed with chicken, cheese and buffalo sauce, I figured Dwayne Johnson's game day snacks would be touchdown-worthy.

Full disclosure: When I’m looking for recipe ideas on the web, BroBible is not a regular stop.

But when searching for something to bring to a Sunday football party, I came across The Rock’s Ultimate Football Calzones. I’ve read a few articles about how seriously Dwayne Johnson takes his food. His usual diet is super-healthy, so I’m guessing that when he treats himself to a snack, he’s not going to fool around!

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How to Make Ultimate Football Calzones


  • 2 oz. softened cream cheese
  • ¼ cup buffalo sauce
  • 1¼ cups shredded rotisserie chicken
  • ¾ cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1 package pizza dough
  • 1 egg
  • 1 oz. softened cream cheese for football laces

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Step 1: Prep the dough

Roll out the pizza dough. (I used store-bought dough but would make a homemade version next time.) Use a circle cutter, like this one, to cut out six rounds—enough to make three calzones.

Step 2: Make the filling

In a medium bowl, mix together cream cheese and buffalo sauce. Mix in chicken and shredded cheese.

Step 3: Form the footballs

Add the filling to the center of each round. Fold the dough over itself to enclose the filling. Press a fork around the edges to seal. Once the calzones were folded, I had to do a little stretching to get them into football shapes.

Pro tip: The Rock recommends an egg wash for a crispy golden brown exterior. (Of course!) Beat an egg in a small bowl. Brush the beaten egg on the top of the folded calzones.

Step 4: Put your oven into overtime

Bake at 350º F for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. I did leave them in the oven longer than the specified time. To get them to a real “golden brown,” I needed an extra 4-5 minutes, but that could be my oven.

Step 5: Pipe the laces

The finishing touch is using 1 oz. of softened cream cheese (or this magical stuff) to pipe laces onto the footballs. The Rock recommends a piping bag but I used a small sandwich bag with a tiny corner cut out. Worked like a charm!

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Ready for kickoff

Other than a couple snags, the recipe was easy to follow and made generously filled calzones. I also let them cool a bit—but not completely—before I added the cream cheese laces.

The calzones were as tasty as they were simple. But I think when I make them next time, I’ll make smaller bite-sized footballs. Perfect for pairing with other apps on your game day spread.

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Cathryn Jakicic
Cathy Jakicic has written about everything from business and bacteria to beads and baking in her career —but she greatly prefers the last two. She is a baker and a crafter and loves to try new recipes for both.