Stromboli: An easy, delicious addition to weeknight dinner rotation

Feeding a family of seven is a struggle. Trying to brainstorm new dinner ideas that please ‘bored’ palettes is a struggle. And trying to serve a dinner that everyone will eat is a struggle. (I’m tired of being a short order cook!) But one dinner that pleases everyone in my household is Stromboli. Stromboli allows for a bit of creativity in dinner planning you can change-up the type of meats, cheeses, vegetables,  and sauces that you layer before it is rolled up. Below is the recipe for the basic Stromboli. I use frozen bread dough, as it is consistently reliable. I have made my dough from scratch, but for ease and time constraints and kitchen clean-up,  frozen dough is the way to go.

Ingredients

  • frozen bread dough
  • lunch meat (assorted)
  • cheeses
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • spices

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Separate bread dough and grease dough with olive oil or cooking spray.  I take them out of the freezer in the morning and have them sit out on my oven until I am ready to make them at dinner time (around 5:00). They are thawed and ready to use at that time.

     

  3. Working with one dough loaf at a time, spray the dough again and then roll out into a rectangular shape until is measures approximately 10×14 inches.
  4. Arrange meats on the dough, then cheeses, and roll up the dough starting on the end with the meats (make sure you leave about a half inch at the end so cheese doesn’t spill out while cooking.)
  5. Rub rolled up dough with olive oil and top with grated cheddar and coarse kosher salt.rolled and ready to bake6. Place on greased cookie sheet or pan and bake for approximately 30 minutes until golden brown.

    7. Let cool for approximately 10 minutes (to let cheese cool). Slice, serve and enjoy!I serve with a homemade tomato sauce for dipping. Click here for the tomato sauce recipe.

sliced on yellow plate

red plate with stomboliKid and husband approved. So many variations are possible with Stromboli. I have made a buffalo chicken, as well as vegetarian version with spinach, onion and tomato.

I find that a fresh salad pairs well with Stromboli. I add fruits, nuts and a variety of lettuce to increase nutritional value of the salad.  salad Additionally, left over Stromboli is perfect for kids’ school lunches. They love it as a great alternative to sandwiches.

Let me know what you think and if you have any suggestions for new Stromboli combinations.

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