You walk into your favorite pizzeria. The smells hit you right away: melting cheese, homemade dough baking, and oregano. Pepperoni are sizzling atop pizza in the oven. We had our own favorite place. Then it closed!
Husband came home and immediately said “you need to learn how to make stromboli.” I love cooking challenges and this was a great one!
After some testing, taste-testing (my favorite part! Well, my hips don’t think it’s the best part…haha), and adjustments, I have a homemade stromboli that is just like our favorite little pizzeria. Homemade dough loaded with 4 meat, 2 cheeses, and vegetables.
Best part? It’s easy to make. Even the homemade dough. Though if you must, you can substitute store-bought refrigerated pizza dough.
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I promise it’s easy to make, but I included a some images for you.
A couple of quick notes:
- Make sure you use pizza yeast (<<<click there to see a picture) if you’re making the homemade dough.
- Feel free to mix up the insides- use more or less meat and cheese as you want. Also feel free to substitute different meats and cheeses. This is just the combination that we really love.
- Set on a baking rack (I suggest putting paper towel underneath to catch any extra grease) to cool for 5 minutes before cutting.
- Mise en place. Make sure sausage is cooked and crumbled. Preheat oven to 350°. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Combine 1 C. flour, yeast, sugar, and salt in a medium bowl. Add water and oil. Mix well.
- Gradually add rest of flour until soft dough ball is formed. Knead on floured surface for 4 minutes or until smooth and elastic.
- Roll out into a 14" x 10" rectangle.
- Spread dijon mustard over dough.
- Layer meats, cheeses, spinach, and red pepper over dough, leaving 3/4" edge around all sides.
- Roll up dough, starting on long side (thus it will be approximately 14" in length).
- Press on seam to cause dough to stick together. Press ends, trimming off any excess dough.
- Place stromboli on parchment covered cookie sheet, seam side down.
- Spread melted butter over top of stromboli. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese, oregano, and garlic powder.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes until dough lightly browned.
- Remove from oven and place on cooling rack (place paper towels under rack to catch any excess grease). Allow to sit for 5 minutes before slicing.
- Serve with warmed pizza sauce on the side if desired.