Basketball Calzone Bites

February 27, 2018 By:
1 hour
25 minutes
Need an easy snack to feed a hungry crowd during March Madness? These bite-sized basketball calzones are a fun treat and filled with pepperoni slices and a blend of cheeses, and dipped in your favorite pizza sauce.


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  1. Roll out the pizza dough to approximately 10 x 14 inches. Use a 3-inch circle-shaped cookie cutter to cut out 12 circles of dough.
  2. Cut the mozzarella cheese into rectangular chunks (approximately 1 inch long x ¼ inch x ¼ inch).
  3. On each circle of dough, sprinkle a pinch of Italian seasoning.
  4. Add a pinch of the grated Parmesan on the middle of each circle.
  5. Add a pepperoni slice on each one.
  6. Add a chunk of Mozzarella on each one.
  7. Fold up the edges of the circles to completely enclose the ingredients.
  8. Use butter to grease the top and bottom of the cake pop pan.
  9. Place each dough ball in the bottom of the cake pop pan, then add the top of the pan and secure the latches.
  10. Bake in a 400-degree oven for 15 minutes.
  11. Remove from the oven and allow the calzones to cool for approximately 10 minutes. Remove the calzones from the pan. (If any excess dough has leaked out, trim it off.)
  12. Use your food coloring pen to draw basketball lines (refer to a photo of a basketball if needed) on each calzone.
  13. In a small bowl, mix the melted butter with orange food coloring until the butter turns orange.
  14. Roll each calzone in the orange-colored butter. Refrigerate until serving.
  15. Prior to serving, place the basketball calzones on a cookie sheet and bake in a 350-degree F oven for around 10 minutes to warm them up.
  16. Serve with your favorite pizza sauce (warmed up).