Stromboli

StromboliSince I’m on a tailgating treat kick lately, I thought it was time to bring a little Italian flair to the table. If you find yourself hosting a sporting event and not sure what to serve, rather than order the traditional pizza, why not wow your guests with a homemade stromboli?

For those unfamiliar with stromboli, imagine a large turnover filled with cheese, cold cuts (usually Italian),  or veggies. Sound pretty darn delicious? Well, it is.

What I like about this recipe is that it doesn’t force you to make your own dough (although you could if you really wanted to)—which means it’s less time cooking and more time eating and watching the game!

Feel free to use your favorite types of cold cuts. I also enjoy getting the most filling out of each bite, so feel free to use more meat and cheese than is called for in the recipe.

STROMBOLI
Servings: About 4-6

Ingredients:
Large size pizza dough
8-10 slices ham
8-10 slices salami
8-10 slices pepperoni
4-6 slices provolone cheese
4-6 slices mozzarella cheese
8-10 basil leaves
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
Marinara sauce, for dipping

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Roll out the pizza dough with a floured rolling pin to form a thin rectangular crust, about 11″x13″. Place the crust on a baking pan lined with parchment paper. If you’re having trouble transferring the dough to the baking sheet, lay the dough over your rolling pin (so that the center of the dough is hanging from the pin), and slowly ease it onto the baking sheet to avoid tearing.
  3. Layer the slices of ham, salami, and pepperoni as a single row in the center of crust. Layer cheeses over meats, and place basil leaves on top.
  4. Using a knife or a pair of kitchen shears, cut either sides of the crust next to the meat and cheese filling to make several one-inch wide strips. Fold in each end part of the crust toward the filling so that the end of the dough is sealed. Then, using one strip at a time, criss-cross each strip to cover the filling (almost as if you’re braiding the dough).
  5. Drizzle olive oil over the crust and sprinkle with oregano.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes, or until the crust turns golden brown.
  7. Remove from the oven, cool slightly, and slice with a serrated knife.
  8. Serve hot with warm marinara sauce for dipping.

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