When my husband was a teenager he worked in a pizza shop. We met in college, and after we had been dating for a while, I went to visit him in his hometown. It was on this trip that I first tasted Stromboli. A big fan of Italian food, I’ve already tasted many kinds of pizza, calzones, subs and hoagies (hot subs), but never I never tasted stromboli.
If you haven’t had stromboli, it’s sort of like a calzone, or a panini. However, in the stromboli there is no ricotta cheese or sauce, and the item is not pressed, but baked like a pizza.
Many years later, he still makes it for family and friend gatherings, especially in the winter for parties like the super bowl.
We like Italian meats and cheeses, but you can change it up and adapt it to your liking. Give it a try. I think you’ll love this hearty homemade dish.
Here’s the recipe:
- Pizza dough - we bought frozen pizza dough at the grocery store
- Mix of Italian meat - ham, Genoa salami, and sweet Italian sausage
- Cheeses - provolone and mozzarella
- Spices - oregano, garlic powder, onion powder
- Defrost the dough per the instructions on the bag.
- Roll into a ball and place in a bowl with a little oil on the bottom to keep it from sticking.
- Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 1.5 hours
- Remove from the bowl and lightly flour the dough and surface.
- Roll out into a oval/rectangle shape approx. 14 inch.
- Layer meats and cheese down the middle. Our order was ham, provolone, sausage, mozzarella and salami.
- Fold one side of the dough over the middle crimping the top and bottom edges.
- Repeat with the other side.
- Slice openings along the top to vent.
- Brush top with olive oil.
- Sprinkle with oregano, garlic and onion powder.
- Bake at 400 degrees on a pizza stone for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and cheese is bubbling.
- If you do not have a pizza stone bake on a cookie sheet at 350 for 30 - 40 minutes watching for bubbling cheese and a golden brown crust.
- Let cool and serve in slices.