I made Stromboli for the first time recently and honestly I don’t know why it took me so long. I love Stromboli and order it occasionally at our favorite local sub shop, but I never considered making it at home.
I thought it would be a lot of work, but in fact, it is quite easy!
The idea came to me when I was reading a post from Andrea Dekker and I realized that I had ingredients in my kitchen to make Stromboli:
- batch pre-cooked sausage from the freezer
- half a package of opened pepperoni that I had stored in the freezer
- mozzarella (again, stored in the freezer)
- tomato sauce in the cupboard
- yeast and flour for the dough were also in my cupboard
This was going to be a snap!
Homemade Pizza/Stromboli Dough
dough recipe adapted from Giada DeLaurntiis & Bon Appetite
I quickly made the pizza dough in the morning and allowed it to rise for a couple of hours. I then kept it in the refrigerator until I was ready to make dinner.
- 3/4 cup warm water (105 – 115 degrees F)
- 1 packet active dry yeast
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
1. In a small bowl, combine the water and yeast. Set aside for 5 minutes to dissolve the yeast.
2. Coat a separate bowl with olive oil. Set aside.
2. I use my dough hook attachment with my mixer to make dough, but you could also use the dough attachment on your food processor. Mix the flour, sugar, salt, olive and yeast until dough is just combined and it forms a ball.
3. Knead the dough on a clean, floured surface until the dough is smooth. You will also need to flour your hands too to work with the sticky dough. Add more flour to the surface if dough is too sticky. When dough is smooth, place in the bowl coated with oil. Cover with a towel and set aside to rise for about 2 hours. After 2 hours, punch down and dough is ready to use.
However, I placed it in the refrigerator until I was ready to make the Stromboli later in the day. Keep it covered with the towel, if doing so.
- pizza dough from above recipe or your version
- your favorite stuffings - meats, vegetables, cheeses.
- olive oil
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
- On a floured surface, roll out the pizza dough into a long rectangle.
- Move dough to a baking sheet covered with parchment paper or a baking mat.
- Layer your toppings.
- Wrap up the Stromboli and pinch the ends together to seal. I made a fancy braid like you see in the picture, but that is not necessary.
- Brush the dough with olive oil and sprinkle with Oregano.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the Stromboli is golden.
- Serve with your favorite marinara sauce.
This homemade Stromboli was a huge hit with my family. I served with fresh fruit and a salad.
Do you make homemade Stromboli? What are your favorite ingredients for inside your Stromboli?