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!
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
Step 1: Prep the dough
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!
Taste of Home
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.