Friday, March 18, 2011

Super Duper Stromboli

What's for dinner? Well, if you're pizza lovers like ourselves, you will LOVE this easy stromboli recipe. A stromboli is a usually a baked turnover filled with vegetables or meat. It's also a small island (Strombuli) in the Tyrrhenian Sea, off the north coast of Sicily, containing one of the three active volcanoes in Italy.

I will admit that stromboli recipes call for pizza dough--but I read that bread dough can work too. However, you can buy pizza dough! This is such an adaptable recipe, you can add or replace any of the filling ingredients with your favorite pizza toppings. It's a lot less greasy than pizza and makes a great dinner when served with marinara sauce for dipping and with a salad.

Also, I imagine that you could prepare it the day or night before (up to the step of brushing it with egg) and wrap it in plastic wrap. When you come home, you can just pop it in the oven. I'm even thinking about trying to freeze one of these for an easy dinner on a crazy weeknight.

  • 1 (13.8 oz) can of pizza dough (Pillsbury is a good brand) OR 1 pizza dough recipe
  • 1/2 lb. ground turkey or beef OR 8 oz. of Morningstar meal starters grillers crumbles OR 4-5 crumbled veggie sausage links
  • 1/4 cup of pizza sauce or tomato sauce
  • 1/4 onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced (optional)
  • 8 oz. mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/4-1/2 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped olives (green or black)
  • 4 oz. (1 cup) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • Marinara Sauce (for dipping/serving)
Other optional ingredients/options:
  • A diced tomato or two (you can skip the pizza sauce if using tomato)
  • Turkey pepperoni or veggie pepperoni
Heat oven to 400°F. Spray cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Brown ground beef in medium skillet over medium-high heat until thoroughly cooked, stirring frequently. Drain. Set aside. If using veggie meat, NO need to brown!!!!
Saute onions and mushrooms together until cooked through. Add bell pepper at the last minute, if preferred.
Unroll dough; place on sprayed cookie sheet. Starting at center, press out dough with hands to form 12x8-inch rectangle. Spread sauce over dough to within 2 inches of long sides and 1/2 inch of short sides. Place beef or veggie meat lengthwise down center, forming an approximate 3-inch-wide strip and to within 1/2 inch of short sides. Top with cheese, vegetables, olives, and Italian seasoning.

Fold long sides of dough over filling; press edges to seal. Then flip over (use another pan underneath & turn over). Brush the stromboli with egg and sprinkle the Parmesan cheese on top.

Bake at 400°F. for 15 to 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

Slice and serve with warmed marinara sauce for dipping.

Serves about 4-6 people. It's absolutely delicious! (Sorry for the bad pictures--it was night again!)

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