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Toddler Friendly Football Turnovers

Most kids like things in miniature and these turnovers are the perfect size for a toddler.  These football turnovers are similar to a calzone, but with a pastry crust instead of a bread crust and filled  with ground beef, tomato sauce, and cheese.  My son, Jaden (3 years old), who is a very picky eater lately was a little cautious at first, but I told him they were kind of like pizza, but with a pie crust.  On the other hand, my 18-month old daughter Hannah ate hers without a fuss.  This recipe is even simple enough to have your kids help make them.  Jaden is my little helper as soon as the rolling pin comes out – he loves to help roll out the dough with me!

Football Turnovers


Melissa @ onceamonthmeals.com


  • 1 9-inch refrigerated pie crusts
  • 1/4 pound lean ground beef
  • 4 ounces pasta sauce
  • 2 tablespoons mozzarella cheese, shredded


In a skillet brown ground beef until cooked through. Drain. Return to pan, add pasta sauce and simmer for 5 minutes. Allow mixture to cool.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cut 4-inch circles from pie crust, rerolling dough as necessary. Top each circle with 1 tablespoon of filling and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon of cheese. Moisten the edges with water and fold in half and press edges to seal. Crimp edges with a fork. Bake for about 25 minutes, or until golden brown.

Freezing Directions:

Do not preheat the oven, follow directions as listed above but BEFORE baking, flash freeze turnovers until solid. Once frozen, transfer turnovers to gallon freezer bags. To serve: Thaw. Bake turnovers at 375 degrees for 25 minutes until golden brown.

Servings: 8 turnovers

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8 Responses to “Toddler Friendly Football Turnovers”

  1. Sarah Knoke says:

    I don’t know what I did wrong, but for 4 inch circles I needed 2 9 inch pie crusts not one? What is my problem?

  2. cookinmom says:

    Have you ever tried pizza dough…would be less money if I made it in my bread machine!?!!!

  3. cookinmom says:

    Miniature pizza calzones!!!

  4. Alyssa says:

    Any thoughts on how to keep these warm until lunch when I send them to school with my kids? THANKS!

  5. Penny says:

    What do you mean by ‘flash freeze’ ?

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