How to Make Stromboli

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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.

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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. stromboli 2

Grate some cheese please! stromboli 3

And sprinkle half over top of the sauce. Keep that plain, sauce-less dough alone! No touchy! stromboli 4

Now fish around your fridge for some meat. I used my pepperoni up without realizing it so I used salami. stromboli 5

Lay those slices out over the cheese. stromboli 6

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


I can’t stop. stromboli 7

Sprinkle the last of the cheese over top of the meat and that’s the filling!
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Crack an egg into a bowl and whisk it up. stomboli 9

Now brush that edge with it. stromboli 10

Fold up the two shorter sides about an inch and brush these little flaps with egg too. stromboli 11

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. stromboli 12

Brush this fat baby with egg, stromboli 13

cut slats in the top, and sprinkle with cheese and parsley. stromboli 14

Bake this bad boy 8-10 minutes or until it looks golden and bubbly. Hello lover. stromboli final 2

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.  stromboli final 3

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


Perfect appetizer, dinner or game day snack!

Yield: 4- 6 servings

Prep Time: 20 min

Cook Time: 10 min

Total Time: 30 min


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}


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.


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148 Responses to “How to Make Stromboli”

  1. #
    Kathryn — January 13, 2012 at 9:02 am

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


  2. #
    Beth Michelle — January 13, 2012 at 12:33 pm

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


  3. #
    Katrina — January 13, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Mmmm….pure deliciousness.


  4. #
    Blog is the New Black — January 13, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Ooooooh this would be a great Superbowl snack, since I only care about the food, not the game! 😉


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    Julie @ Table for Two — January 13, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    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!!


  6. #
    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — January 13, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    This looks SO amazing–it is perfect!


  7. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — January 13, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    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?


  8. #
    Bev Weidner — January 13, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Hold me…


  9. #
    Erin — January 13, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    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.


  10. #
    Diane — January 13, 2012 at 4:28 pm

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


  11. #
    Elizabeth — January 13, 2012 at 4:33 pm

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


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

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


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

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

  12. #
    Kristy — January 13, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    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. :)


  13. #
    Marilyn Brennan — January 13, 2012 at 5:31 pm

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


  14. #
    Lauren @ What Lauren Likes — January 13, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    how cool! I’ve never made or even tried this before! 😀


  15. #
    honeywhatscooking — January 13, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    excellent tutorial.
    love the pics


  16. #
    Jennifer | Mother Thyme — January 13, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    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! :)


  17. #
    cassie — January 13, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    My hubs loves stromboli. This is a winner!


  18. #
    Chels R. — January 13, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    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 :)


  19. #
    Chels R. — January 13, 2012 at 7:56 pm

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


  20. #
    Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum — January 13, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    I love you for your pizza and cheese bread recipes! You know how I roll on Friday night.


  21. #
    Jolene ( — January 13, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    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.


    • 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?


  22. #
    Kim B. — January 14, 2012 at 3:24 am

    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 :)


  23. #
    Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids — January 15, 2012 at 2:51 am

    Your stromboli looks absolutely delicious.


  24. #
    Anna @ hiddenponies — January 15, 2012 at 5:24 am

    Lazy moms unite, indeed!! And this is another must-make…thank you!


  25. #
    Deborah — January 15, 2012 at 5:42 am

    Is it wrong that it’s almost 11pm and I want one of these right now?? :)


  26. #
    Lisa — January 15, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    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!


    • 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!


  27. #
    Peggy — January 16, 2012 at 1:49 am

    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! :)


  28. #
    Autumn@Good Eats Girl — January 16, 2012 at 3:55 am

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


  29. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — January 16, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Oh yum! I haven’t made stromboli in awhile, we love it here! I usually make mine with sausage though. Really going to have to try this soon!


  30. #
    Michelle — January 17, 2012 at 12:21 am

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


  31. #
    Julie at Burnt Carrots — January 17, 2012 at 12:51 am

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


  32. #
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — January 17, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Oh my, I am craving this now!


  33. #
    JehanP — January 17, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    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.


  34. #
    Kim — January 19, 2012 at 2:47 am

    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.


  35. #
    Courtney — January 21, 2012 at 4:32 pm

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


  36. #
    zelda — January 22, 2012 at 11:36 am

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


  37. #
    Shyla Yade — January 23, 2012 at 4:53 am

    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!


  38. #
    Erin — January 25, 2012 at 2:45 pm

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


  39. #
    Brittany — January 25, 2012 at 7:31 pm

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


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

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


  40. #
    kiah — January 25, 2012 at 11:43 pm

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


  41. #
    Kathy E. — February 5, 2012 at 1:46 am

    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!


  42. #
    JEN C — February 6, 2012 at 12:01 am

    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.


  43. #
    Elizabeth — February 6, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    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.


  44. #
    Sara — February 11, 2012 at 4:12 am

    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!!!


  45. #
    Elke — February 12, 2012 at 2:11 am

    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!! :)


  46. #
    Anna — March 3, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Thank you for the recipe! I made the Stromboli last night and it was gone within minutes. It looks so professional and I was very impressed with how it turned out. My guests even commented on the wonderful flavor of the dough too!


  47. #
    Chels R. — March 12, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    My husband and I made this last night and loved it! My husband’s goal is to get better at all Italian foods and this one he got really excited about as did our kids. I’ve never seen my kids eat so much in my life, lol! Thanks for the great recipe!


  48. #
    Kristen — April 1, 2012 at 3:54 am

    I made this tonight and it was delish. The only problem I had with it was I used the whole ball of dough (on accident), so when I baked it at 500 for 10 min it was still super doughy. I had to bake it 20 more min on a lower setting. It would’ve been easier if all 3 of my girls and my hubby wasn’t standing right in front of the oven watching it cook :)


  49. #
    Konjo — April 11, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    This was awesome! I used turkey pepperoni, deli ham, and black olives. I couldn’t believe how fast it disappeared! Thanks for the recipe Lauren!


  50. #
    Melissa — May 10, 2012 at 4:59 am

    Can I freeze the pizza dough?


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