Game On!

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Is that a little bit of chill in the air? Yes, it’s time to get the gang together for some Canadian Football!

Watching football calls for recipes that please a crowd, something portable thats perfect for sharing. These mini hand-held pizza calzones are just what you need for any tailgate party. Packed with flavour from Ontario ground pork and bacon, these gems will certainly be a big hit with kids and adults alike. Who doesn’t love all the fixin’s for pizza in a little steamy pocket? Lots of bacon, tomato sauce, onions, peppers and gooey cheese equals total yum.

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This time of year is starting to get busy. We’re thinking about rushing back from the cottage or getting kids off to school. Make it really simple on game day by preparing the filling days ahead, that way assembly of the calzones will be much faster. If you have some left over (but why would you???), these Mini Pizza Calzones make a great work lunch. Just reheat one minute in the microwave… easy peasy!

If working with dough is not your thing… don’t miss out on this awesome filling. How about buying a large store-bought flat pizza crust, pile on the filling with the cheese and bake. What a great weeknight meal.

Not up for pizza? Make the filling, add 1 cup of uncooked noodles, and 1 cup water; simmer for 15 minutes and soup is on!


  • 1lb. ground pork
  • 6 strips of smoked bacon, chopped into pieces
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp EACH chopped fresh parsley and basil
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • 1 – 650g store-bought pizza dough, thawed
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Cooking Instructions

Make Filling

  1. Add bacon to a large pan and cook over medium-high heat, about 5 minutes until cooked, but not brown. Remove and set aside. Drain the pan leaving just 1 Tbsp of bacon fat.
  1. Add bell pepper and onion, cook, stirring 5 minutes.
  1. Add ground pork. Break up with back of spoon and continue to cook, stirring occasionally for 8-10 minutes.
  1. Add bacon back along with herbs and pizza sauce. Stir to heat through 2-3 minutes. At this point you can continue to make the calzones, or place filling in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Make Calzones

  1. Remove pizza dough from refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature, about 20-30 minutes.
  1. Cut dough into 8 pieces. Flour work surface well. Make each dough piece into a disk shape. Roll, or use gravity to stretch dough out to 12” circle.
  1. Fill half of the circle with 2 Tbsp of filling and 2 Tbsp of cheese. Fold over circle and crimp edges around to seal.
  2. Bake on lower rack for 8 minutes, turn baking tray and bake another 4-8 minutes until golden.

Lori KennedyLori Kennedy is the publisher of EatInEatOut™ MAGAZINE. She also does all the cooking, writing and photography for EatInEatOut™  THE BLOG. She believes in quick, easy, (mostly) healthy recipes using everyday ingredients that are ready in 30 minutes. Oh… plus the occasional decadent dessert!

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