Thursday, June 2, 2011

Stromboli


     My family loves Stromboli. Our workers love Stromboli. Anyone who has attended a pot luck with my Stromboli loves it. I'll tell you a secret- IT'S EASY TO MAKE! Shhhh! If you tell too many people, they won't be impressed. Let them think you slaved over this! I make several variations. Some might have an extra step or two, but they're all easy.
How to Make a Stromboli
You need to begin with a batch of bread dough. It can be whole wheat, whole spelt, or a light flour such as bread flour. One Stromboli needs the same amount of dough you would make for one loaf of bread. I bet those frozen loafs of bread dough (thawed) would work well too.


You need to spray a cookie sheet with spray oil. Then take your dough and place it in the middle of the pan. I stretch my dough to make it a long rectangle in the center of the pan. Using a dough roller, rolling pin, or even your fingers, stretch it out until it is almost the size of you pan. Try to keep it one piece. Holes make the ingredients ooze out.


Then you place the ingredients in a long line in the center of the pan. Cut the dough on either side so you have one inch pieces going from the outside edge to about an inch from the filling. You can fold over the end a bit and start taking the dough strips you cut and lift one and place it over the center. Alternate and lift a strip from the other side and drape it just over the edge of the first. You can do this until you reach the other end. When you get to the end, you can fold the dough over and tuck it gently into the braid. That will seal the loaf.




Let it rise for 20-30 minutes.If you really want to have it look nice, mix the white of one egg with a Tablespoon or so of water and brush it over the top before baking. Make sure it's well mixed or it will look like the whites of a hard boiled egg landed on your Stromboli!Excuse me. Who threw a hard boiled egg at my lovely, impressive Stromboli? Bake in a 350 oven for about 25-30 minutes. This can be removed from the pan to a serving platter after about 10 minutes of cooling time.

Variations to Try for Filling

  • Pepperoni and Cheese- layer the pepperoni so it slightly overlaps the next piece until the center is covered. Then place cheese slices all the way down the center. Cheddar, Mozzarella, and Monterey Jack work well for this. I serve this with cottage fries and a salad.
  • Italian Sausage and Cheese- Cook Italian Sausage in small pieces and drain on paper towels. Place it down the center of the Stromboli and cover it with cheese. I often lightly saute onions and red peppers and add them after the cheese. I serve this with a Marinara Sauce to dip  it in.
  • Ham and Cheese- You can line the center of the Stromboli with cubes of ham (or slices) and cover it with the cheese of your choice. I hear Swiss Cheese calling for this one!
  • Egg, Ham, and Cheese- Scramble 3-4 eggs, but not until dry. Place them in the center and add ham cubes and shredded or sliced cheese. Nice with a bowl of fresh fruit.
  • Chicken, Cheese and Mushroom- Place cooked, cubed chicken down the center of the Stromboli. Cover it with lightly sauteed mushroom slices(and thin Vidalia onion slices) and a gentle white cheese. I like Monterey Jack for this, but Gouda or Fontina are even better. Yummy with a spinach salad.

10 comments:

  1. Yum! That looks mouth-watering good. :o)

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  2. Oh, you KNOW I'm going to try this! I think it really will impress everyone!

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  3. I like your idea of cutting the dough and then covering the toppings...makes a lot of sense and saves time in going back to cut steam holes.

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  4. Yum!! That looks wonderful. I haven't had breakfast yet so it really looks like what I would like. Your bread dough is perfect.

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  5. Mmmm, yum. Looking for my bread flour right now!

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  6. That looks gorgeous.... yep, definitely an impressive looking dish, but you make it look so easy. Yummy

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  7. Yummo! I'm going to have to try this!

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  8. Patrice, I can even imagine the aroma that comes out as it bakes. Yummy, yummy. JB

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  9. Can we say YUM???? This recipe might make its way in to the hubby's lunch box this summer. He loves strombolis!

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  10. This looks absolutely delicious!!
    Anything that is bread and smells like pizza is good with my crew :-D

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