Thursday, February 23, 2012

Meatloaf and Mashed Potato Calzone - Hot Dog Dude's Fantasy Lunch Realized

I learned a long time ago, that there are really only a few things in this world that Hot Dog Dude needs to be content.  One of those things is meatloaf and mashed potatoes with some cheese thrown in for good measure.

I have also accepted that in general we live on different food planets.  One night we were watching a commercial for some fast food joint and they were advertising a bowl with meat, mashed potatoes and cheese on top of that.  May have even been something in there resembling a vegetable, but that is sketchy.  I looked at him and said, "Who in the heck would want that?" (Dumb of me, I know).  He looked at me like I had just thrown out his favorite tee-shirt from High School.  (For the record; I'm still denying that one).  "I would", he grimaced.

In that moment I saw Hot Dog Dude in a whole new light.  Could it be true, was this what his inner most food fantasies were made of?

Meatloaf and Mashed Potato Calzone
2 pounds pizza dough 
1/2 pound leftover meatloaf
2 cups mashed potatoes
1 small container pizza sauce
2 cups mixed shredded cheese
1 egg + 2 teaspoons water, beaten together

1.  Take the pizza dough out of the package and place it onto a cutting board with a little bit of flour on it.  Cut the dough into a total of four pieces and roll each piece out into an 8" or so circle.

Tip:  Leave the dough out on the counter for 15 minutes before trying to roll and it will roll out easier.

2.  Spray two baking sheets with no-stick spray and place the pizza rounds on the pans.  You should be able to fit two per pan.

3.  Spread a generous amount of pizza sauce on each round and break a slice of meatloaf up into chunks and place it on one half of the circle.  Stay about an inch away from the edges.

4.  On top of the meatloaf spoon 1/2 cup or so of the mashed potatoes on top of that.  Sprinkle generously with cheese.   - Use good manly cheese here, not that foo-foo goat cheese stuff we adore.-

5.  Brush the egg wash around the edges of the dough and fold one half over forming a half-circle.  Pinch edges with your fingers.  Pull the bottom edge up of the crust and fold it over pinching even more.

6.  Bake in a 400 degree F oven for 20-25 minutes until your crust is nice and crisp.

Makes 4 calzones.

I made the meatloaf and mashed potatoes the night before, so all I had to do was throw these together at lunch.

Hot Dog Dude devoured his straight off the baking sheet, being the mild mannered lady I am a plate was more in order.

Hot Dog Dude loved these calzones so much; not only did he eat one for lunch, but also he ate the rest for dinner.  If that isn't love, I don't know what is.  




  1. Gina,
    So nice of you to fulfill Hot Dog Dude's food fantasy with the Meatloaf Calzone. All of his favorites in one dish, pure genius!

  2. I think Hot Dog Dude must have been thrilled with this fun calzone! A clever way to seduce him with a tasty calzone:)

  3. Hey Gina, that is love! Now that is one amazing calzone, I would think that he would be eating out of your hand after a meal like that;-) Hope you're not going too crazy with your move!

  4. I don't believe you made that; but I can see the photo.
    What is it with males? can you imagine I was living with my 5 of them;all they ever wanted was pizza, french fries and chicken wings. Good food is still in my soul.

  5. Wow, now that's an interesting creation! I'm not sure it's for me, but it looks like it should very much appeal to the intended audience ;)

  6. So I may not be the biggest meat eater. But you had me at the starch on starch pairing. It is like a deadly sin that I just can't resist, lol. Gina, the calzone look really good. I know my hubby would also devour them. Ah, how easy it is to seduce and please men. Who know it wasn't sexy clothes and perfume, all it takes it meat and potatoes. Lol :) Have a great weekend sweetie!

  7. P.S. Please tell Hot Dog Dude that we are eating hot dogs for dinner. I know he'll be proud ;)

  8. haha, way to please your man! Acceptance of the fact that you're from different food planets is a good thing :) Have a great weekend, Gina. Are you done packing yet?

  9. What a great calzone. It's no surprise it was such a hit. ;) Looks great.

  10. I'd like to see what the calzone looks like inside when you cut it open! :) My Hubbs would love this too. It has a lot of comfort food all wrapped into a lovely calzone. Great idea! ;)

  11. At first, I kinda scratched my head at the idea, but Gina, YOU made it look good! Now I might hafta try it, too. :) I do love meatloaf and what's not to love about a good calzone! It could ONLY be improved if you found a way to work ricotta--that's riGAWT for those from my neck of the woods OR that part of Italy--into it, too. Happy weekend, lady! Whatta fun post!

  12. Wow - you just took an old Italian stand-by and made it 100% American. My meatloaf-loving man will be thrilled to see this.

  13. What a fun flavour for a calzone! Yum.

  14. What a fun flavour for a calzone! Yum.

  15. Gina-you always have the most entertaining stories...LOL "hot dog dude" LOL does he know you refer to him as such?
    Such a creative calzone, something that I have never heard of before! What a genius way to use up leftover meatloaf and mashed potatoes?...yumm! I see that you made Hot Dog Dude very happy. Glad to see you're still able to make fabulous meals while you are still packing:DDD

  16. LOL - he's a lucky guy to have you! Connie suffers with my tendency to add fruit to a lot of things... FRUIT AND SOUP again??? He says. Yup, it's good for you and it's what we're having for dinner/lunch. Poor guy.

  17. What a cool use of meatloaf! I am not surprised that your HotDogDude finished all of them!

  18. That is so cute! I imagine you packing the calzone in a lunch box with a moon pie for hot dog dude. I feel like I want to do a Edward Cullen's bite into the calzone to see the cheese melt. Happy Monday Gina!

  19. Meatloaf inside a calzone! You are totally brilliant... LOVE these! I would gladly eat these twice too! Gorgeous pictures too... only wish I could have had a peek inside those melty calzones! :) Thanks for the great idea, Gina!

  20. Thanks everyone, next time I will risk injury and pry one out of Hot Dog Dude's hands for a shot of the interior. He he...

  21. Gina you are so creative! I would never thought about stuffing a calzone with meatloaf and mashed potatoes. I'm glad your HDD love it!

  22. What a fun Hot Dog Dude was in heaven ;) My kids would really love these, so creative :)