Sloppy Joe Calzones

Back to School can be old-school with new tricks as classic sloppy joes tucked inside Rhodes dough for a tasty calzone with cheddar cheese dipping sauce.
Sloppy Joe Calzones

Sloppy Joe Calzones

Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

Today’s post is sponsored by Barlean’s, Hamilton Beach, and Rhodes Bread as well as Crispy Green, and The Spice House. However, all opinions are my own. #ad #Back2School

Back2School Week

Welcome to the last day of #Back2School week (and your last chance to get in on the fabulous giveaway!)

All this week I (and other  bloggers) have been sharing recipes with the busy parent in mind, getting the kids off to school in the morning,  packing nutritious lunches,  having wholesome after-school snacks, and simple but enjoyable dinners for the busy family on the run.

Sloppy Joe Calzones with Rhodes Bread

#Back2School  Week has Been So Much Fun!

Monday I started things off with breakfast,  and a Western Omelet Breakfast Sandwich, because you know.  First things first! Got to feed our monkeys (if we can manage to get them out of the bed on time!) Because a good breakfast is the start of any successful day.

Wednesday  I  moved on to lunchtime, or possibly even an after-school snack (for the really hungry) sharing a totally portable 7-Layer dip cup.

Bread Dough Has Never Been Easier

But today  I want to focus on  dinner with the sponsor for this post, Rhodes Bread, who have provided the dough which I used in this recipe as well as generously donated some prizes for the drawing.

Rhodes Texas Rolls

As you  can see, Rhodes dough comes preportioned and ready to almost literally, roll. We just need to warm it up  first.

Sloppy Joe Calzones

#Back2School Recipe Inspiration

It’s hard to believe school is back in session and that fall is just ahead. And  as well, it is hard to believe the #Back2School  week has flown  by so fast! There were so many great recipes shared this week,  and lots of ideas to help  you  with  those busy school days!

For more amazing #Back2School recipes, please follow our #Back2School Pinterest board. Be sure to also check out my fellow bloggers participating all week long for more delicious dishes!

Blogghetti, Bowl Me Over, Cindy’s Recipes and Writings, Cheese Curd In ParadiseCooking With CarleeDoodlecraftEveryday Eileen, Family Around the Table, Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks, Juggling Act MamaKaren’s Kitchen Stories, Mandatory MoochPalatable PasttimeThe Schmidty Wife, and Wendy Polisi.

Other Recipes You Might Like:

Pressure Cooker Tavern Sandwiches (Iowa Loosemeat)

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Bell  Beefer  (The  Taco Bell  Sloppy Joe)

Bell Beefer (Taco Sloppy Joe)

Pizza Joes

Pizza Joes

Delicious Sloppy Joes

Delicious Sloppy Joes

BBQ Beef Sandwiches

BBQ Beef

But Let’s Talk About  Calzone!

Calzones are basically Italian turnovers made with pizza dough, and most likely filled with a trinity of ricotta, ham,   and mozzarella cheese, also served with a marinara  dipping  sauce.’

A Different Kind of Calzone

But things don’t stop there, as most pizza places allow  you to fill them  with any myriad combinations of their pizza toppings. Because they can.

And I like  that can-do attitude and want to take it a step further. You can see I have already made pizza  joes- a sloppy joe made pizza style. And if I can put the  pizza into a joe on a bun,  surely it is not hard to put the joe into the pizza dough as a calzone.

Dough for  Calzone  is So Easy

And  most pizza dough is pretty much bread dough in a basic sense,  so in this  case I have used the  Rhodes  Texas Rolls, because I want to make it easy for you. The rolls being all  preportioned and cut to size, the perfect calzone  will take only three pieces of dough.

And after letting the dough get warm and  cozy for a few hours in a nice warm place, it is  not much effort from there to get these patted out, filled, pinched closed and baked. And you can use whatever cheese sauce you have, simply warmed up, as a dip.

As you can see,  I used my breville  oven as a proofer,  which is easy to pop  in and   keep at temp. 85F  is a great temp  to proof at, and undisturbed,   a few hours later the dough is nicely risen. If you don’t have a proofer,  a warm spot covered on a tray will  do, especially if  you put the dough on a cookie sheet and heating  pad under that. It will be nice and cozy. Just keep it out of drafts and covered with  something  like  an inverted oblong cake pan.

Dough Proofing

This is Definitely a meal!

These calzones are of typical  Italian size,  so they will feed your average hungry bear.  If you family  den has little bear cubs hanging  around, you might like to cut these  in half,  or  simple cut the normal  dough portion  in half to make a mini-calzone.

whole sloppy joe calzone

Making  the sauce is a cinch with the browning of the meat and using a ready-made sauce.  You can of course, use your favorite recipe of 2 cups sauce. The important thing is to get the final  consistency right for the calzone.

You don’t want it as saucy and sloppy as you would put on a bun as it will  make the calzone soggy. Thicken it until when you drag a spoon, sauce doesn’t race to fill up the void. See below:

Nice and Thick

Thickened Sauce

Then when the dough is ready,  take three of the dough pieces and  pat out into a circle, fill  with cooled down  sloppy  joe mix,  fold  over, roll up  the rim and pinch closed.

Calzone Assembly

Just be careful  if you have longer nails that you don’t poke holes. If you do, it’s better to  patch with a small piece from the end rather than try to pinch it closed on the same  spot. I tried that and it just made the hole bigger. But the patch worked out ok.

Calzones Being Shaped

Sloppy Joe Calzones

Sue Lau
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Proofing Time 3 hours
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 5


  • Ingredients:
  • 15 Texas Sized Rhodes Dinner Roll dough portions
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 (16 ounce) can sloppy joe seasoning sauce
  • 1-1/2 cups prepared cheddar cheese sauce or dip warmed


  • Method:
  • Place the frozen dough pieces on a parchment lined sheet and place in a warm place (85F) out of drafts to thaw and rise, about three hours.
  • While dough is getting ready, brown the beef in a skillet and drain excess fat.
  • Stir in the 2 cups of sauce mix and simmer until thickened, or when you can drag a spoon across the skillet and it doesn't try to fill up with runny sauce; refrigerate until rolls are ready.
  • Preheat the oven to 400F.
  • Take three dough portions and pat or roll into a circle.
  • Top the dough with a half cup of cold sloppy joe meat.
  • Fold dough over and press dough then roll the edge towards the center a bit and press again, essentially getting a double pinched seal.
  • Place the turnover onto a parchment lined cookie sheet and cut two vent slits into the top with a small knife.
  • Repeat with remaining calzone dough and filling.
  • Bake calzones for 25 minutes at 400F or until golden.
  • Serve with a warm cheese sauce dip (instead of marinara).


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Back2School Giveaway

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#Back2School Giveaway

The giveaway includes the following prizes:

  • Omega Pal’s Prize Pack from Barleans
  • 1 item (winner’s choice from featured products) from Hamilton Beach
  • Cookbook and coupons from Rhodes Bread
  • 4 six-pack bags of Crispy Fruit snacks (mixed flavors) from Crispy Green
  • Best Sellers Collection Gift Box from The Spice House
  • Freezable Lunch Bag + Mod Lunch Bento from PackIt

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