Disclaimer: This recipe will not assist you in any weight loss endeavors.
Happy Super Bowl!
Unfortunately, my team is the Giants. But I’m happy to see both the Broncos and the Panthers…that should be a pretty good game (filled with hilarious commercials and a stellar Coldplay performance. Am I the only one that’s super excited to see Coldplay for the halftime show? I saw them once in Saratoga Springs and haven’t turned back since).
Anyway, Super Bowl = food. So why would I not make something for this special occasion? And I also felt it necessary to shy away from the dessert-type baked goods, because let’s be honest, people love the greasy, manly food at a super bowl party. And all you girls that are pretending to like football, this might help. Introducing the…
Philly Cheese Steak FOOTBALL CALZONE!
This is pure heaven in a…football. An edible one.
And the good news is that it’s easier than it looks. The most essential tool is this football-shaped cake pan by Wilton:
You can try to shape it into a football yourself, but it’s tough to work pizza dough into shapes. Like, almost tougher than it is to not love Eric Decker with his helmet off (or on…I don’t care).
So let’s move on to impressing the guys at the party.
What you’ll need:
- 2 packages of pizza dough
- Thinly sliced steak, either sirloin or rib-eye
- A package of American cheese
- A package of provolone cheese
- 2 peppers
- 1 onion
- Salt, pepper, garlic, garlic salt, and oregano
- Corn meal
Cook your steak. I cooked it medium-well in a pan with some oil, salt, pepper, and a little bit of garlic for flavor. Sautee the peppers and onions in the leftover steak grease.
Roll out your pizza dough so that it’s nice and flat, about ¼ inch. Grease and sprinkle the cake pan with cornmeal, then put the first half into the bottom of the pan, being sure to fill in all of the crevices.
Put a layer of American cheese on top of the pizza dough, then cover it with the steak, onions, and peppers. Now is a good time to mix in a little mayonnaise if you’re looking for some extra juice (the juice is worth the squeeze…of mayonnaise), but it’s not necessary. Be sure to make enough of the steak mixture to fill the entire bottom cavity of the cake pan. Cover all of that with a layer of provolone cheese.
*I would drain the leftover grease before adding it to the dough, or else your calzone will get soggy
Lay out the second pizza dough on top of the steak mixture, and be sure to seal the edges (pinching them together usually works best for me). Brush with a mixture of melted butter and garlic salt, and then sprinkle the top with cornmeal. Then bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes. Remove and transfer to a cookie sheet, laces side up.
Using your baster, brush the butter mixture over the entire surface of the calzone, then sprinkle with oregano. Return to the oven and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes (let it reach that golden brown color of deliciousness).
Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly. I put the football on a bed of shredded lettuce for aesthetic purposes. 😎
Use mayonnaise to apply the football’s laces (I used a pastry bag and tip to do this – it made the edges clean and the lines straight).
Have someone throw you a nice spiral and try to catch the whole thing in your mouth. Wear a bib while you attempt this. Actually, don’t attempt this. I would probably just cut it and eat it. And share with your friends. The friends that deserve this kind of snack. Yep that’s it.
So, you have to admit that this is quite the game changer ( 😉 ). It brings friends to the table, and then makes them stay…even after the halftime show is over.
Enjoy the 50th Super Bowl! Be sure to root for the Broncos, but don’t be afraid to throw in a dab every once in awhile.
p.s. When I came up with this idea, I had no clue how I was going to create the football shape. Big thanks to tablespoon.com for the grand solution!