Stromboli

This isn’t a grandma recipe. But it is something that I make often, and I first started making it based on a recipe card my Aunt Cathy tucked into a recipe box I received at my bridal shower. Anyway, my neighbor called me from the grocery store yesterday, asking what she should buy in order to make the stromboli she’d had at my house recently, and that made me think this one’s worth sharing.

First, you need dough. The easiest thing is to buy a fresh one at your grocery store. 99 cents at Trader Joe’s! Second easiest is to keep those frozen bread doughs in your freezer – but then you have to remember to get it out and thaw it hours in advance, and honestly, who has time for that?

Your third option is to make your own. It’s really not hard. I base mine on the BH&G New Cookbook’s (and yes, that book was a bridal shower gift too) pizza recipe.  You know the one – with the red plaid cover. Anyway, here’s how I do it:

In a bowl, put 1.25 cups AP flour, 1 package active dry yeast (about 2.5 tsp from a jar) and 1/4 tsp salt. Add 1 cup warm water and 2 Tbsp cooking oil. With electric mixer, beat 30 seconds on low, then scrape bowl, then 3 minutes on high speed. Or two – I never time myself. Till you’re bored. Then, with a wooden spoon, stir in as much of 1.5 – 2 cups more flour, then turn the whole blob out onto a floured work surface and knead in the rest. 6-8 minutes of kneading, till the dough is moderately stiff and smooth and elastic. It won’t be sticky. Cover and let it rest, at least 10 minutes, as much as 30 or so – till it starts to rise. It doesn’t have to double. But if you forget about it and it does, that’s OK, just punch it down and proceed.

Now, on your floured work surface, roll that dough out into a pizza pan-sized circle. Next: Fillings! On the half closest to you, leaving room around the edge, layer sandwich-sliced pepperoni, hard or genoa salami (or both!), and lunchmeat ham, alternating with slices of provolone and mozzarella cheese.

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Don’t be shy with the cheese. Sprinkle the toppings generously with dried oregano.

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Fold the other half of the dough over top the fillings, moisten the inside edge of the dough, then crimp with a fork to seal.

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Transfer the whole thing to a baking sheet sprinkled with corn meal (or flour). With a sharp knife, make a couple of slices on the top of the dough so it doesn’t explode. Because that would be bad.

Bake this in a preheated 375 degree oven for, I dunno, 15 minutes? Closer to 20? I’m notoriously bad at setting a timer. Bake it until the dough is golden brown. There might be cheese oozing out the top, or you’ll be able to hear the filling sizzling inside. Either means it’s done.

Remove from oven, let sit for a few mins before slicing. Serve with your favorite marinara, warmed, for dipping. My favorite brand is Don Pepino in the yellow can. It’s the best canned marinara by far, IMO.

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6 thoughts on “Stromboli

    1. Julie, if you’re splitting hairs, then you’re probably right, though there are regional variations of each. I looked ’em up on Wikipedia and they show stromboli as rolled up, and calzone as a filled dough like what I make. ToMAYto, ToMAHto. I love ’em both.

  1. Gnarly. I forgot to add (on my FB comment) that when I sauteed the veggies in olive oil I added the oregano to them, plus basil and thyme. I liked it and will do it this way again — just smarter next time! Thanks for a great recipe, Meg!

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