Stromboli Recipe that only takes 35 minutes?! yes and yes!
This Easy Stromboli Recipe (AKA rolled up pizza) is made with No Wait, No Rise Stromboli dough so now you can satisfy your pizza cravings in 35 minutes! Its rolled with layers of marinara sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, sausage, ham, bell peppers and mushrooms for the ULTIMATE meat lovers stromboli but you can pick and choose any toppings you like for YOUR perfect stromboli recipe. This stromboli is easy enough for a weekday meal, delicious enough to be the “must have” appetizer for Game Day or any gathering.
This Stromboli Recipe is sponsored by Fleischmann’s®. All opinions are my own.
What is stromboli?
Do you LOVE Stromboli?! Is it too scandalous to admit I like stromboli even better than pizza? After all, it’s basically a rolled up pizza so you have LAYERS of pizza in each cheesy, meaty, saucy, garlic, Parmesan crust mouthful. They long cylinder is baked to golden perfection then sliced into individual rolls.
Patrick and I make stromboli at least once a month (super fun to make with couples too!) – stuffing our stromboli with whatever toppings we have on hand. Be careful, its s slippery slope; first its pepperoni, next its pickles (cheeseburger pizza anyone?).
Where did Stromboli Originate?
I want to thank whoever invented the glorious Stromboli. Romano’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria claims to have invented the Stromboli in 1950 in town just outside of Philadelphia but others claim the Stromboli was invented by Mike Aquino, Sr., of Spokane, Wash., who named it after the 1954 movie Stromboli. I guess we’ll never know the true source, but I’m grateful all the same!
What’s in a stromboli?
Traditional Stromboli is filled with mozzarella, cold cuts such as pepperoni, salami, capocollo and/or vegetables such as bell peppers and mushrooms. Everything is layered on homemade pizza dough, followed by pizza sauce and then rolled up tightly then baked. That being said, you can use whatever your heart desires for stromboli.
For this Stromboli recipe, I’ve used:
- pizza sauce
- hot Italian sausage
- deli honey ham
- chopped green bell peppers
- sliced onions
For different variations, you can get creative and use Alfredo Sauce, BBQ Sauce, etc. and different toppings such as chicken, broccoli, etc.
What is the difference between a stromboli and a calzone?
Both calzones and stromboli are pizza derivatives, using different methods to create a sealed, portable pizza but they are NOT the same thing. There is debate about the exact differences between a Stromboli and calzone, but essentially:
- Stromboli is rolled up (like a burrito) vs calzones are a folded turnover in a crescent shape (like a taco)
- Stromboli typically uses only mozzarella cheese due to its low moisture content needed for its structure vs. calzones use a variety of Italian cheeses, including ricotta
- Stromboli contains sauce, meat and mozzarella and may or may not also be served with sauce vs calzones are usually sauceless, stuffed will meat, cheese and vegetables and served with sauce on the side (many restaurants now serve calzones with sauce inside, adding to the confutsion).
- Stromboli has Italian meats on the inside vs calzones have cheese, meats and/or vegetables on the inside
- Stromboli are sliced to create multiple servings vs calzones are generally single serving
- Stromboli originated in America by Italian Americans vs calzones originated in Naples, Italy
How do I make Stromboli dough?
When stromboli is on the mind, you don’t want to wait around for rising and more rising. Never fear. No waiting for rising dough is here. This might be the discovery of the year.
Dr. Suessing aside, Fleischmann’s® Pizza Yeast is almost too good to be true. Almost. Because it is true. Fleischmann’s® Pizza Yeast allows you to almost instantly satisfy your stromboli cravings – you don’t even have to proof your yeast! All you do is mix all the dough ingredients together at once, knead the dough for a couple minutes then roll the dough out which takes all but 5 minutes – and you are ready to top the dough and bake!
While I adore this shortcut, the dough is slightly thinner than traditional pizza dough but still fabulous. You are also welcome to use my homemade pizza dough recipe, just be aware the recipe is for 2 pizzas, so you will want to half the recipe or make 2 stromboli!
How do I make a stromboli?
Stromboli is as easy as:
- Make dough
- Roll dough into a rectangle
- Top dough with desired toppings
- Roll dough up
- Cool and slice
Now, let’s break down the steps into greater detail:
Step 1 – Make Stromboli Dough:
Combine 1 cup flour, undissolved yeast, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Add water and oil and mix together until well blended (you can do this by hand or with your mixer). Gradually add flour, mixing in 1/2 cup at a time, until dough forms a ball. Add additional flour, if needed to handle but dough should be slightly sticky. Spoon dough out of bowl onto floured surface and knead until dough is smooth and elastic; about 4 minutes.
Step 2 – Roll Stromboli:
To make the Best Stromboli Recipe, you don’t need a pizza stone, just a large baking sheet that you line with parchment paper. The parchment paper keeps the dough from sticking and from needing extra flour which will make for tougher dough. Roll stromboli dough out into a large rectangle, about 10 by 14 inches on the parchment paper – it does not have to be perfect.
Step 3 – Top Dough With Toppings:
Lightly spread sauce over the dough, leaving a 2 inch plain dough border along the edges.
- Top sauce with half the grated cheeses:
- After the cheese, add your meats – I added cooked Hot Italian Sausage followed by pepperoni…
- And then honey ham. Because I can. I went a little crazy on my toppings so I could show you how to incorporate them all – or because I wanted to eat them all – but you can customize your stromboli with as many or as little toppings as you like.
- Next, add your vegetables. I added thinly sliced green peppers and thinly sliced onions that I sauteed together for 3 minutes and finished with thinly sliced uncooked mushrooms. It is important to slice your mushrooms super thin so they don’t “sweat” and leave you with a soggy stromboli. Finally, the mountain of toppings is sprinkled with the remaining cheese.
Step 4 – Roll Up Stromboli:
- Brush the plain border of dough with the egg wash (which is just a fancy name for beaten egg) – this will help the dough seal.
- Roll up your stromboli lengthwise like a jelly roll, pinching in the sides, then brush the entire stromboli with the egg wash so it looks like an ugly, glistening, thinly veiled roll with protruding bulges. Honestly, the first time I made stromboli, I was worried at this point, so I thought the questionable appearance was worth mentioning. Also, the smoothness of your roll will depend on your toppings – and I always load mine with toppings.
- Sprinkle stromboli with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and garlic salt, cut some slats to let steam esscape. Don’t worry at this point that your dough seems super thin, it will rise and beautify into soft pizza crust in the oven.
Step 5 – Bake Stromboli
Bake stromboli at 425 degrees F until golden, and witness the ugly duckling transformation take place before your eyes.
step 6 – Cool and Slice:
When your beautifully golden stromboli emerges from the oven, let it cool for 5 minutes or so, then cut down the slats to create slices of rolled pizza perfection. Then melty, meaty, cheesilicious stromboli is served!
HOW DO I MAKE PIZZA SAUCE?
To make a super quick and easy Pizza Sauce, I use the same trick I use in my Pizza Pinwheels recipe – simply add seasonings to store-bought marinara. By adding a symphony of seasonings such as onion powder, dried basil, dried parsley, oregano garlic power and crushed red pepper to already prepared marinara, you get crazy good pizza sauce. It is important that the pizza sauce be super flavorful because that is all the seasoning these stromboli is going to get. I will caution to not add crushed red pepper flakes if you are using Hot Italian Sausage or your stromboli could be too spicy.
How long do I bake Stromboli?
Baking time can vary widely depending on the amount of toppings and content moisture of toppings/vegetables. The more toppings, the longer the baking time. I baked my very stuffed stromboli for a total of 25 minutes but when I just use sauce, cheese and pepperoni, my stromboli is done in 15 minutes.
TIPS for the Best Stromboli Recipe
- Don’t stress to much about the measurements: We roll our dough into a rectangle, but you don’t have to stress about exact measurements or it being perfectly rectangle because making stromboli should be fun!
- Leave a clean border around the dough: When we spread the Pizza Sauce, we want to take care to leave a 2″ border all around the dough so there is enough dough to seal once rolled up. The toppings will naturally push forward as you roll the dough up, so this also helps you fit all your toppings in with a little extra leeway.
- Roll tightly: Starting from the long side closest towards you, tightly roll up the dough, pinching in any toppings that try to escape. It takes a little patience to go from left to right rolling up the dough, but I promise, it is easy and it doesn’t have to be pretty!
- Adjust toppings: Adjust the amounts of toppings to meet your personal taste except for the marinara. Using more than 1/2 cup could mean soggy stromboli.
- Cut your dough with a serrated knife. A serrated knife works the best in cutting through all the layers.
HOW DO YOU REHEAT A STROMBOLI?
You can reheat sliced stromboli in the microwave at 30 second intervals but the crust will lose its crunch. I prefer to reheat sliced stromboli in the oven at 350 degrees for approximately 10-15 minutes.
You can also reheat cooked, not sliced stromboli in oven at 350 degrees for approximately 30 minutes or until fully warmed through.
CAN I FREEZE Stromboli?
Yes, this Stromboli freezes beautifully either sliced or whole. To freeze:
- Bake stromboli according to directions
- Let cool completely to room temperature.
- Either add individual stromboli slices to separate plastic bags and seal OR wrap entire stromboli several times in plastic wrap to seal.
- Freeze for up to 3 months.
WHAT SIDES Do I serve with STROMBOLI?
If servings stromboli for a meal, you can keep it super simple and serve with a big green salad and a side of fruit, or I love serving stromboli with wedge salad or roasted broccoli and perfect fruit salad.
If you are serving stromboli for Game Day, then its fabulous with Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball, Buffalo Chicken Wings, Queso Fundido, Jalapeno Popper Dip, Chipotle Chicken Empanadas and Spinach Artichoke Dip.
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