How to Make Stromboli

How to Make Stromboli...great tutorial for this delicious pizza-inspired appetizer!

Now, do you know what Stromboli is? I was first introduced to this magnificent appetizer when I worked as a server at Boston Pizza. They had these on the menu {along with these} and I became obsessed with them. SO yummy and one of the most popular items on the menu.

In a nutshell, stromboli is basically a pizza roll. You roll pizza dough out into a rectangle, cover with sauce, top with meat and cheese, roll up, cut in some slats, bake and serve. Super simple and totally do-able for the home cook! When you make these, people will think you’re a rock star because they are so good. Honestly, this is just a different way to eat pizza. People go nuts over this because it’s something they don’t see everyday. Pizza is just plain ol’ pizza. But stromboli! Well, you just became 16 times cooler because you served this instead of pizza at your superbowl party. Shall we make some? Otay.

Start out by spreading your pizza dough out into a rectangle on a baking sheet. I used my Fail-Proof Pizza Dough Recipe because it is in fact fail proof. And  I also used parchment paper because I didn’t want to have to clean my baking sheet after this hot mess was done baking. Lazy Mom’s unite! Feel free to use the straight up pan.

How to Make Stromboli...great tutorial for this delicious pizza-inspired appetizer!

Spread pizza sauce over most of the dough, leaving a 3 inch border. I use Prego marinara because it’s waaay cheaper than a teeny tiny bottle of actual pizza sauce.How to Make Stromboli...great tutorial for this delicious pizza-inspired appetizer!

Grate some cheese please!How to Make Stromboli...great tutorial for this delicious pizza-inspired appetizer!

And sprinkle half over top of the sauce. Keep that plain, sauce-less dough alone! No touchy!How to Make Stromboli...great tutorial for this delicious pizza-inspired appetizer!

Now fish around your fridge for some meat. I used my pepperoni up without realizing it so I used salami.How to Make Stromboli...great tutorial for this delicious pizza-inspired appetizer!

Lay those slices out over the cheese.How to Make Stromboli...great tutorial for this delicious pizza-inspired appetizer!

And because you can, lay some ham over that wham bam slam…..ma’am.

Jam.

I can’t stop.How to Make Stromboli...great tutorial for this delicious pizza-inspired appetizer!

Sprinkle the last of the cheese over top of the meat and that’s the filling!
How to Make Stromboli...great tutorial for this delicious pizza-inspired appetizer!

Crack an egg into a bowl and whisk it up.How to Make Stromboli...great tutorial for this delicious pizza-inspired appetizer!

Now brush that edge with it.How to Make Stromboli...great tutorial for this delicious pizza-inspired appetizer!

Fold up the two shorter sides about an inch and brush these little flaps with egg too.How to Make Stromboli...great tutorial for this delicious pizza-inspired appetizer!

Now roll that baby up as tight as you can! You want to end up with that strip of plain dough on the bottom of this whole stromboli.How to Make Stromboli...great tutorial for this delicious pizza-inspired appetizer!

Brush this fat baby with egg,How to Make Stromboli...great tutorial for this delicious pizza-inspired appetizer!

cut slats in the top, and sprinkle with cheese and parsley.How to Make Stromboli...great tutorial for this delicious pizza-inspired appetizer!

Bake this bad boy 8-10 minutes or until it looks golden and bubbly. Hello lover.How to Make Stromboli...great tutorial for this delicious pizza-inspired appetizer!

Wait a few minutes before you slice and serve. And beware of all that raging ooey gooey cheese. Right out of the oven it’s hotter than the fires of hell. So, watch yourself. Serve with extra sauce if you feel so inclined. It’s about at this time people start worshipping the ground you walk on because these are so dawg-on good. How to Make Stromboli...great tutorial for this delicious pizza-inspired appetizer!

So there you have it, folks! A perfect snack, meal or appetizer. Have a great weekend! 🙂

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Stromboli

Perfect pizza-inspired appetizer, dinner or game day snack!

Yield: 4- 6 servings

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb. pizza dough {I used my fail-proof recipe}
  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
  • 9 slices salami
  • 7 slices deli honey ham
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • dried parsley & parmesan cheese {optional}
  • extra pizza sauce for dipping {optional}

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Line large rimmed cookie sheet with parchment or spray lightly with non-stick cooking spray. Spread pizza dough out on baking sheet to be approximately 10x16. Spread pizza sauce over 2/3's of the dough lengthwise, leaving a 3x16 rectangle of plain dough along one of the edges. Top sauce with half the grated cheese, salami and ham. Top with remaining cheese. Brush the plain strip of dough with the egg. Fold in the sides about an inch and brush them with egg. Roll up like a jelly roll lengthwise starting along the long edge of dough topped with all the fillings and ending with the plain strip of dough on the bottom of the roll. Brush the entire stromboli with egg and gently cut slats in the top of the dough every 1-2 inches. Sprinkle parsley and cheese over top and bake 8-10 minutes or until bubbly and golden. Remove from oven, cool 5 minutes and slice into pieces. Serve with more pizza sauce.

How to Make Stromboli...great tutorial for this delicious pizza-inspired appetizer!

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  1. Oh goodness, this looks amazing! You are the best Lauren, I think my boyfriend would die happy if I served this!

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  2. Your stromboli looks incredible! SO delicious! My husband would loooove this!

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  3. oh heck yes! this is awesome, lauren. i love strombolis. i always get them when i go to pizza pubs or italian restaurants. they’re so filling and yours looks so good. i love all the ingredients stuffed inside!! and the cheesy goodness!!

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  4. Oh lordie! I so want to curl up with this! Lauren wanna come over for lunch!? You bring the stromboli and I’ll bring the wine spiked cookies, deal?

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  5. I am really glad you posted this because somehow no matter how many times I try I have not been able to successfully make one of these at home. Definitely going to use this next time.

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  6. Yummy!!! Can’t wait to make this for my fam & then make it again for friends!

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  7. Mmmm, this looks delish! We have an egg allergy, do you think brushing with olive oil would be sufficient?

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    • Lauren — January 13th, 2012 @ 4:56 pm

      It might not get as brown, but it should be fine!

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      • Elizabeth Hartwell — September 18th, 2014 @ 9:50 pm

        You can actually brush baked goods with milk and it helps it brown also 🙂

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  8. Found you through Deborah’s Taste and Tell Blogger Spotlight. I love stromboli. I used to make it at least monthly to eat with the kids. Somehow I’ve totally forgotten about it. Thank you for the reminder. 🙂 And I’m very much looking forward to the lemon cheesecake creme brule bars you mentioned in your spotlight. Hello!!! Sounds amazing. 🙂

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  9. You just crack me up! BTW, can we vote only once?

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  10. I know what I’ll be making for our Superbowl party! Simple, and delicious! ps: I just voted for your little girl too; good luck! 🙂

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  11. Stopping by from Deb’s Blogger Spotlight and following you now too 🙂 I love this Stromboli idea. I’ve never had it nor really knew what it was, but I think this would be a lot of fun to make. I think my kids would get a kick out of it. I’m pinning this now 🙂

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  12. P.S. I voted for your daughter- she is BEAUTIFUL!! What a sweet smile!

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  13. Oooh, you worked at Boston Pizza!!!! My favourite meal from there, that I still order whenever I go, is a perogy stromboli. It is not on the menu anymore, but they still make it for me 🙂 LOVE.

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    • Elke — February 12th, 2012 @ 1:26 am

      That one is my fave too! And I too always ask for it!! 🙂 I wonder if it was just a Canadian flavour?

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  14. Yummmm!! Your instructions made me LAUGH!! You are sooo funny!! I don’t have a facebook or I would’ve voted for your ADORABLE daughter, what a cutie!! Best wishes with that 🙂

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  15. Is it wrong that it’s almost 11pm and I want one of these right now?? 🙂

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  16. On my way to the store to pick up ingredients for this little log of awesomeness. The Mr. and my termite of a son are in for a real treat! I better make two. Thanks for the recipe, Lauren!

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    • Lisa — January 16th, 2012 @ 2:04 am

      BTW, I went to the bakery counter at the grocery store and asked for two frozen loaves of french bread dough…thawed it out and used it instead of the ‘fail proof’ recipe. It may be fail proof but it’s not ‘lazy proof’. I needed a nap first because after all it IS Sunday and this momma needs to get her sleep on before the week starts. My guys LOVVVVED it! Thanks again!

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  17. I made 4 of these today to feed to the jr high teen group tonight. I have to admit I used my own dough recipe because it has never failed me, until tonight…. it tasted delicious but the dough never did rise. So next time…. (this coming weekend!) I’ll be trying your dough recipe or maybe I should check my yeast… it does have a bit of age on it! 🙂

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  18. This looks seriously amazing. And I use parchment paper for everything…way easier than cleaning up a nasty cookie sheet!

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  19. I make something like this for my boyfriend and he loves it!

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  20. I wish you were coming over with THIS for dinner tonight! I think I’ll be making it for the superbowl. Thanks!

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  21. My heart sang when I saw this..I’ve been craving this for quite some time but won’t make it because of my strict diet. I would of course add pepperoni to mine cause I am a serious pepperoni lover.

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  22. I’ve been making the same stromboli for years, except I add sauteed mushrooms and onions, and use pepperoni for some and italian sausage, or ground beef for others. Basically everyone gets what they want! Can also use frozen pizza dough or bread dough, both turn out great. Thanks for pinning this, I haven’t made it in a while.

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  23. Yum just like my grandma makes!! Nothing like a good homemade stromboli!

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  24. Oh my goodness THIS is yum! I love the way you decribe the method LOL~so cool! Thanks for sharing~Awesome, yummy, MORE please

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  25. Hello!
    I just found your website and made this stromboli and the cheesy garlic pizza too. Both were sooooooo delish and went like hot cakes. The only problem I had was getting the bottom of the stromboli to cook. Any suggestions on getting it to cook evenly? I even heated up the oven with my pizza stone in it. Either way I’ ll def be making this again!
    Thank you!

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  26. Your step-by-step photos helped me make the best looking stromboli I’ve ever had!

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  27. Maybe I missed it somewhere but what temperature do you bake the Stromboli at?

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    • Lauren — January 25th, 2012 @ 9:02 pm

      It’s found at the beginning of the recipe. Bake the stromboli at 500 degrees!

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  28. made this for dinner tonight, i’ll let you know how it turns out, it looks DELICIOUS.

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  29. I just made this tonight and it is FABULOUS! I had pinned another of your recipes from Pinterest and that lead me to the stromboli recipe. I used the entire ball of dough and filled it with turkey sausage, turkey pepperoni, onions, mushrooms, peppers and mozzarella along with Barelli’s marinara. It was quite impressive to take to the table. We loved this! Thanks Lauren!

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  30. We just finished eating and I had to come back to tell you that my hubby said this the best thing I’ve ever made. 🙂

    I used Rhodes frozen bread dough (because I’m super lazy) & just the egg white (yolk allergy). It came out perfectly. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

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  31. No sure what happened to mine. Baked six minutes at 500. Top was way too cooked (parmesean burned, crust too dark/hard to easily cut) but inside was doughy. Had to bake another 10 mins at 400 to get the inside to cook properly. It might be worth mentioning that this does not “sit” well before baking. I made these and left them a couple of hours before baking. They had risen further (nearly double again) and after baking they smelled yeasty (yeast went wild while waiting to be baked). Did get some rave reviews for it but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. Will try again and bake right away and see if that makes things better. Thanks.

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  32. I made these tonight for dinner and they were great!! My picky 3 and 5 yr olds even loved them! I made one with prosciutto instead of ham and it was amazing and amazingly easy!!! My hubby kept saying “These are so good!” 🙂 Thank you!!!

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  33. Lauren! Thank you for this recipe! I made it tonight and it was a huge hit with my family. I think I didn’t roll the dough out thin enough, so the inside of the roll was still raw dough at the end of the 15 mins. But I covered it in foil and baked it at 350 for another 20 mins or so and it turned out perfect!

    I am so grateful to you for your blog! I have tried the hasselback garlic cheese loaf (most delicious and dangerous thing ever invented! LOL) Thank you for being so awesome! And inspiring me to try cooking/baking more, because I thought I didn’t enjoy it, but I guess I didn’t enjoy most of the recipes I made before! And now you come along!! 🙂

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