Stromboli – A Cheap, Easy & Delicious Way to Get Your Munching On

Posted: February 20, 2013 in Sandwiches
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Pepperoni StromboliFebruary 2013

I am all in favor of making an entire meal from scratch including bread dough. However, I continue to go back to Publix to purchase a bag of refrigerated dough from the bakery for just less than $3. And this time, it was BOGO. Jackpot!

Now what? Just like trying to decide if I want to wear a sweater or polo to work, making a final decision served as a tough chore. In the mood for a mouth-watering pizza but looking for something different, I arrived at the answer and it was in the form of a stromboli.

And this meal can be as memorable and simple as you like. From steak to chicken to cheese, you can simply fill it up with whatever fancies your mouth. On this occasion, Jessica went with pizza sauce and cheese, while I stuffed my side with double pepperoni and cheese.

Either way, throw in as much ingredients as you have on hand, or as little. I usually do not like to go out and purchase anything except for the dough; using whatever rests in my kitchen to feed my need. A cheesy chicken stromboli with a pizza or marinara dipping sauce takes the cake, though.

And it really only takes about 10 minutes of prep time. Once the dough is laid out (do not make it too thin, yet not too thick since it will expand in the oven), give it some friends in the form of your favorite food items, possibly sprinkle in some oregano, then roll it up. Set it in the oven at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes and brush on a little garlic butter when finished. That’s it!

What You’ll Need For a Pizza Stromboli

Bread dough

Flour

Pizza sauce

Pepperoni

Mozzarella cheese

Oregano

Butter

Garlic Powder

Stromboli PrecookedThe Steps

1)      Set oven to 400 degrees

2)      Use non-stick spray or light butter on a rectangular pan

3)      Add some flour to the bread dough and flatten it out in a  rectangular pan – it doesn’t have to fit the entire width, but stretch it to fit a good majority of the length of the pan

4)      Since the bread will expand in the oven, it will be alright if the dough is a little thin

5)      Length-wise, leave an edge free of ingredients so it will be easy to roll up

6)      Load up the dough with pepperoni – 30 should go in a single layer from one end to the other – and add as much as you like

7)      Time for the mozzarella and any other cheese you would like

8)      Add a dash of oregano

9)      Starting with the side that has ingredients, carefully roll it up with two hands

10)   Cut slits in the dough and add a little mozzarella and oregano on top (can also be done toward the end of the baking process)

11)   Bake for about 25 minutes or until golden brown

12)   While baking, melt some butter with garlic powder and pepper in the microwave

13)   When the Stromboli is cooked, the bread may look dry, so brush the top and sides with the garlic butter

14)   Cut into slices and serve with a side of pizza dipping sauce

 

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