This Stromboli recipe will blow your mind. Imagine the best pizza rolled up into bite sized pieces. It is absolutely delicious and makes for such a fun dinner.
Our family loves doing homemade pizza night on the weekends. We make our amazing pizza dough, and then make little pizzas that everyone tops with their favorites. It’s always a hit.
Well, I have a new recipe that is going to take pizza night to the next level. This stromboli recipe isn’t just easy, it’s fun and delicious. This is a great meal for kids and once you have the dough made, it takes just minutes to throw together.
What’s a Stromboli
Stromboli’s were first made by Italian Americans in Philadelphia in the 1950s. The name comes from a movie title. The recipe usually involves pizza dough topped with sauce, cold cuts, and cheese, and then it is rolled and baked.
How to Make Stromboli
- Make pizza dough. As mentioned above, we have an amazing pizza dough recipe that I will talk about more below.
- Construct the stromboli. Roll out the pizza dough so that it is 10 by 15 inches. It helps to do this on a well floured large cutting board. Add sauce, meat, and cheese.
- Roll up the stromboli. Rolling from the shortest side (see the photos below), carefully roll up the dough. Pinch the ends closed, and then make a few slits in the top for steam to escape.
- Finish it off and bake it. Top the stromboli with melted butter, cheese, and Italian seasoning. Then bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until it is golden brown. Allow it to sit for 10 minutes and then slice and enjoy.
How to Construct a Stromboli
Start by rolling out the dough to be approximately 10 inches by 15 inches. No need to measure, just do your best. Then add pizza sauce.
Add salami and pepperoni.
Then add ham.
Top with cheese and roll it up.
Then pinch the ends closed.
The Best Pizza Dough
You absolutely can use store-bought pizza dough to make this recipe a little faster. There is no shame in that, and busy parents should do whatever they need to do to have quality dinner time.
If you would like to make homemade pizza dough, I suggest starting it the night before you plan on having homemade stromboli. It will give it a lot of time to rise. We have a full post on homemade pizza dough, but let me give you a few quick points I want to make sure you have.
- Use active dry yeast, not instant yeast.
- Make sure your water is the correct temperature. An instant read thermometer is very helpful with this.
- If your yeast doesn’t proof (see the photos in the pizza dough post), then toss it and start over, it means the water was likely too hot or too cold.
- Give your dough plenty of time to rise. Some pizzerias give their dough 24 hours. We find that a solid 2 hours is enough for our hungry brood.
The Best Pizza Dough
Pizza Sauce for Stromboli
Again, you can absolutely take the help of the store and buy pre-made pizza sauce. That being said, we have a really simple and easy to make pizza sauce that I think you’ll love. Be sure to really drain the tomatoes, especially for this recipe.
Homemade Pizza Sauce
Difference Between Calzone and Stromboli
The primary difference between these two delicious dishes is that a calzone is made like pocket or a turnover and a stromboli is rolled. Another difference between the two is that a calzone doesn’t traditionally have red sauce and a stromboli does. Though, realistically, most modern calzones do have tomato sauce. If you are looking for a good recipe, start here: Calzone Recipe.
While the dough can be made ahead of time, I do not recommend constructing the stromboli until you are ready to bake it.
Start with the shorter side of the rectangle and roll it up on itself. You can see the photos above for additional help.
What to Serve with Stromboli
I love using my homemade spaghetti sauce for dipping the stromboli, but if you want side dishes to go along with it, here are some ideas:
If you make this stromboli recipe or any of my other recipes, leave me a comment and let me know what you think!
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
- Roll out the pizza dough so that it is approximately 10 inches by 15 inches. Top with the pizza sauce. Then add the salami, pepperoni, ham, and mozzarella cheese.
- Roll the the dough up, starting with the short side. (See the photos in the post.) Pinch the two ends and fold them under. Place the stromboli seam side down on the parchment paper. Cut three or four slits in the top of the dough to let steam escape.
- Brush the dough with the melted butter. Then sprinkle with the cheese and the Italian seasoning. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until the crust is golden brown. Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing.