Philly Cheesesteak Calzone

Today’s #SundaySupper event is a celebration of regional cuisine. I am so happy to show you how to make a Philly Cheesesteak Calzone, a twist on the most iconic dish from the Philadelphia region.

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I’m a born and bred Jersey girl and proud of it (Bruuuuce!). But I’ve lived in the Philadelphia area for almost 30 years. I went to school in Philly, I do a lot of business in Philly, we bought our first house here and raised our children here. This is now home.

Philadelphia is a great city for so many reasons. Did you know it’s the only World Heritage City in the United States? Yes, it’s true. Of course there are the wonderful historic places to visit; the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the Constitution Center. Philly is also home to world class universities and the singular Mummers.

If I haven’t convinced you yet how great my adopted city is, let’s talk about food. Philadelphia is definitely one of the great restaurant cities in the US. It’s always on those “Best Of” lists that are published every year. Reading Terminal Market and the Italian Market are favorite foodie destinations.

Philly’s most famous dish has got to be the Cheesesteak Sandwich. The Cheesesteak is so iconic it has a Wikipedia page. I knew I wanted to do a version of Cheesesteak for the #SundaySupper Regional Specialties event since it is Philly’s most-special regional-specialty. I thought about doing a sandwich, but for a real Philly Cheesesteak you need a very particular type of roll that most folks won’t have access to. Since this is a baking blog, I decided to turn the cheesesteak into a calzone using my Pizza Dough recipe.

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The beef must be sliced paper thin. Use a sharp knife and partially frozen meat to get thin slices.
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Use two spatulas to break up the meat while it’s cooking. Don’t overcrowd the pan.

I’ve had so-called “Philly Cheesesteaks” in other areas of the country and what they most often do wrong is to make the sandwich with thick slices of steak, or, even worse, roast beef.

A few notes on the recipe; I made the filling once using ribeye and once using strip steak. I preferred the ribeye and my husband preferred the strip steak. Ribeye is more traditional, but use whichever you prefer. The main thing to remember for the steak is that is must be sliced paper thin. It’s easiest to get paper thin slices by cutting partially frozen (or partially thawed) steak with a very sharp knife. While the beef is sauteing, use two spatulas to break the larger pieces into smaller bits.

I made my calzones wit (not a typo, google “cheesesteak wit”) onions, mushrooms and provolone because that’s how I like my cheesesteaks. You can eliminate either the onions or the mushrooms, or both, according to your taste. You could use American cheese or Cheez Whiz (eeeww, sorry, I just think the stuff is gross) instead of the provolone.

calzone assembly

The assembly is pretty straight forward. You can see the steps in the diagram above. Make sure to roll the dough from the center over the edge of the dough, all around the circle. Leave the center of the dough a little thicker than the edges. This way the dough is less likely to tear when you fold the dough over the filling. Also, with thinner edges you won’t get a super thick crust that takes too long to bake.

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I served the calzones with marinara. You could also squirt a little ketchup into the calzone if that’s your preference.

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If you have any leftover they can be frozen and reheated in the oven.

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Philly Cheesesteak Calzone

Philly Cheesesteak Calzone, a twist on the most iconic dish from the Philadelphia region.
Prep Time1 hour
Bake Time20 minutes
Total Time1 hour 20 minutes
6 calzones
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  • 1 lb Ribeye steak (place in the freezer for 1 hour prior)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion (sliced pole to pole)
  • 6 oz white mushrooms (sliced)
  • 8 oz sharp provolone cheese (sliced)
  • 1 egg (for egg wash)


  • Make the pizza dough and allow it to rise 1x double volume. While the dough is rising make the filling.


  • Using a very sharp knife, slice the partially frozen steak across the grain into paper thin slices.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a saute pan. Saute 1 medium onion with a generous pinch of salt until they are soft and lightly browned. Remove the onions from the pan and set aside. Saute 6 oz white mushrooms in the same pan with a generous pinch of salt and black pepper to taste. Allow the mushrooms to release all their liquid and cook until the liquid is gone and the mushrooms begin to brown. Remove the mushrooms from the pan and set aside.
  • Add a little more olive oil to the pan and saute the steak slices with salt and pepper to taste. Cook the steak in 2 batches if necessary to avoid crowding the pan. Use 2 spatulas to separate the pieces of steak and to break up larger pieces. Remove the steak from the pan and set aside to cool.
  • Divide the pizza dough into 6 equal portions and form each portion into a smooth ball. Cover the dough balls with a damp towel or plastic wrap and allow to rest for 10 minutes. Preheat the oven to 450 °F °F.
  • Using a rolling pin, roll each dough ball into an 8" round, leave the center of the rounds a little thicker than the edges. Brush the entire perimeter of the round with egg wash. Place a slice of provolone on each dough round. Divide the onions, mushrooms and steak evenly between the 6 rounds Add another slice of provolone on top of the filling.
  • Fold the dough over the filling. Bring the top edge of the dough 1/2" short of the bottom edge. Use your fingers to pull the bottom edge of the dough over the top edge of the dough and pinch to form a tight seal.
  • Place the calzones on a parchment lined 1/2 sheet pan. You should fit 3-4 per pan. Brush each calzone with egg wash and sprinkle the top with a little coarse sea salt Use a sharp knife to make a steam vent on the top of each calzone. Bake until they are golden brown and puffed.
  • Serve with your favorite marinara sauce or ketchup.

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Serving: 1serving | Calories: 516kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Cholesterol: 99mg | Sodium: 798mg | Potassium: 382mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 384IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 300mg | Iron: 4mg
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  1. So glad I came across this when I was looking for calzone recipes. I love the pictures and your presentation is awesome. I am going to try to replace the ribeye steak with flank steak and see how that works out. Thanks for sharing this!

  2. These are what regular old calzones dream about being. Seriously though, just looking at the photos made my stomach growl. I’m hungry now and it’s too soon for lunch.

  3. Can you believe I’ve never had a Philly Cheesesteak???! I’m going to change that, but I want your calzones first! Wow!

  4. I love Cheese steaks! and making them into a calzone ? Yes! You can’t find these traditional foods anywhere else! Thanks for the calzone idea!

  5. Oh so Philly but it looks lighter! We really have to touch base as nearby neighbors – cathy

    1. Hi Cathy. I’ll admit they’re not exactly light fare, but probably a little better than a big sandwich. Nice touching base with a “neighbor”.

  6. I love calzones. I love Philly cheesesteak. I’m OBSESSED, though, with this combo. Not sure how I’ve never thought to try this before, but it’s going on the Campbell menu ASAP!

  7. I’ve been to Philly a few times but never made it to the famous places for an authentic cheesesteak. I think I can make these and know just what they should taste like.