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Monday, February 1, 2016

Homemade Stromboli you need to try today

I remember years ago when I lived in California, one of my friends flew with her new boyfriend to New York to visit his Italian family.  She returned and told us about the most awesome loaf of bread that his mother had made that was filled with pizza sauce, meats and cheeses.   I immediately began searching for this dreamy loaf and that's how I discovered Stromboli! 

 I know, I was a little late on the whole Stromboli scene, in fact, at that time I was limited to the entire Italian food scene.   I now knew something was totally missing in my childhood not having any Italian food restaurants or friends in the small West Texas town where I grew up. 

  I grew up with southern food and Mexican food but Italian food was limited to spaghetti or pizza.  Now even though I still love Mexican food, my first choice is Italian!    Whether it is Eggplant Parmigiana, Pasta Primavera,  Carbonara,  Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti, Stuffed Shells or any other pizza hacks, I will choose Italian food first ever time!   (See below for some of my favorite Italian Dishes).

This Stromboli is made from my homemade pizza dough, I use half the dough for each loaf so you can either make two loafs or wrap the other half in clear wrap and save it in the fridge for a couple days for a quick pizza. 

  I used a homemade pizza sauce, you could use a jar sauce but this recipe for homemade is easier, cheaper and can be whipped up in minutes and has an awesome flavor. 


This Stromboli is totally invited to our Super Bowl party and I am also thinking about making another one with basil pesto instead of the red pizza sauce!  I am still working on which other ingredients would be delish in it!  So if you have any suggestions, please feel free to let me know!     I hope you enjoy this Stromboli like we have.     

1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees and line a rimmed sheet pan with parchment paper allowing the parchment paper to extent over the long sides of the pan.
2. On a lightly floured surface roll the homemade pizza dough (remember it's half of the recipe) into a large rectangle. (about the length of your sheet pan and about 3 inches wider)
3. Using your rolling pin, lift the rectangle of pizza dough onto the sheet pan, allowing about two inches to extent over on one side and the other 1 inch on the other side.
4. Spread some of the pizza sauce in a thin layer over the pizza dough leaving an 1/2 inch border on the ends and a 1 inch on one of the longer sides and a 2 inch border other side. Pour the remaining pizza sauce in a bowl for dipping.
5. Sprinkle with 4 ounces of the grated mozzarella cheese and top with pepperoni and/or ham and the other toppings of your choice. Sprinkle with 4 more ounces mozzarella cheese.
6. In a small bowl whisk the egg and water together and brush the outer edges of the pizza dough with this egg wash.
7. Starting from the long side where you left the 1 inch border, use the parchment paper to roll the dough about 1/2 of the way. Grab the other side of the parchment paper and roll to fold it completely over. Make sure your seam is sealed by the egg wash, you can do this by pressing gently together. Then gently roll so the seam is on the bottom, tuck in the ends of the pizza dough so the egg wash seals both ends. By gently using the parchment paper,  position the Stromboli in the center of the pan.
8. Brush the entire Stromboli with egg wash and make diagonal slits for venting.
9. Place in oven and bake for 10 minutes, reduce the temperature to 375 degrees and continue to bake for 10-12 minutes checking often. 
10. Remove from oven and sprinkle with parmesan cheese and allow to cool for 5 minutes before slicing into 1 to 2 inch strips.
11. Serve with warmed pizza sauce for dipping.
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Some of my other Favorite Italian Dishes:

Grilled Chicken and Green Chile Pizza

Pizza on a Stick

Stuffed Pasta Shells

Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti

Bolognese Sauce


  1. This looks delicious, Evelyn ! And we do love Stromboli, especially homemade :-)

  2. Stromboli is always a favorite here - and it's been awhile since we've made it! I think this needs to go on our menu soon!

  3. I love stromboli. There was a place near my father's job that we use to get them from as a treat.


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