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Italian Stromboli

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Let’s embark on a culinary expedition, intertwining a tapestry of tastes, as we construct the ever-enchanting classic – Stromboli! This is not merely a recipe; it is a summons to navigate through the enchanting terrains of Italian-American culinary arts, where each morsel is a blend of melty, cheesy bliss, seamlessly mingling with the lively zest of Italian spices and an assortment of your preferred fillings.
Stromboli cordially invites you to blend your food stories with its rich, flavourful layers, laying the foundation for narratives that will echo around your dining tables for ages. It’s not just about quenching your appetite; it’s about nourishing your spirit, forming memories, and valuing moments forever encased within each scrumptious bite.
So, cherished friends, let’s cruise together on this tasty journey, creating, exchanging, and savoring the enchanting, evergreen classic that is Stromboli! Your tales, encounters, and culinary ventures infuse vitality into our vibrant “Life with Jeviko” community, and I eagerly anticipate your charming Stromboli stories!

May I tailor the Stromboli fillings to my tastes or dietary requirements?
Indeed! Stromboli’s magnificence resides in its splendid adaptability. Empower your culinary spirit with a selection of your cherished ingredients. From seasoned sausages, rich ham, and crisp vegetables to plant-based cheese, your options are as boundless as your crust allows. Just be mindful of the moisture content of your fillings to avert a damp result!

Is there a trick to ensure my Stromboli retains its delightful contents while cooking?
Ah, mastering the Stromboli roll! Ensure the edges are neatly folded and the seam securely sealed to create a cozy envelope for your fillings. Those delicate slits atop are not merely decorative! They permit steam to vent, averting a potential explosion and sustaining that flawless crust.

I struggle with rolling out my dough perfectly. Any advice?
When dealing with dough, patience is vital. Ensure it is at room temperature and allow resting if it resists rolling. A dash of flour on your work surface will prevent sticking, and kindly guide it into the needed shape with care and patience.

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 25-30 minutes
Total Time: 45-50 minutes


  • Dough:
  • 1 pound (about 450g) pizza dough, either homemade or purchased
  • Flour, for dusting
  • Filling:
  • 1 cup (about 150g) sliced pepperoni or salami
  • 1 1/2 cups (about 150g) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup (about 50g) sliced bell peppers (optional)
  • 1/2 cup (about 75g) sliced onions (optional)
  • 1/2 cup (about 50g) sliced mushrooms (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • For Brushing:
  • 1 egg (beaten) or olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning or garlic powder (optional)
  • For Dipping (optional):
  • Marinara sauce
  • Garlic butter sauce


  1. Preheat your oven to a welcoming 400°F (approximately 200°C). As it warms, lay a clean kitchen towel on your counter, sprinkling a whisper of flour, establishing a stage for your dough to unfurl into a splendid base.
  2. Tenderly roll out your dough upon the floured surface, guiding it into a rectangle approximately 15×12 inches in size. Engage with the dough, feeling its elasticity under your gentle touch.
  3. Graced with a lavish layer of pizza sauce, ensure every subsequent ingredient is enveloped in its zesty embrace, yet reserve a small, sauce-free border to ensure a pristine seal later on.
  4. Gracefully layer mozzarella, pepperoni, cooked sausage, bell peppers, and onions, ensuring each component is equally dispersed, ready to intertwine and create a symphony of flavors.
  5. With a delicate yet assured hand, commence the rolling of your dough from one end to the other, enveloping the flurry of ingredients within a snug, doughy hug. Once rolled, tuck the ends and place your creation, seam-side down, on a parchment-adorned baking sheet.
  6. Blend together olive oil, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes to craft a fragrant mixture. Gently brush this concoction over your rolled Stromboli, guaranteeing every bit is graced with flavor and set to attain a gorgeous golden hue in the oven
  7. Grant your Stromboli a few gentle slits atop, allowing steam to whirl and twirl freely, avoiding a bubbly eruption and ensuring the wholeness of your delightful roll.
  8. Position your ready Stromboli into the pre-warmed oven, permitting it to bask there for 25-30 minutes. When it emerges, golden, bubbling, and filling your space with an irresistible aroma, permit it a moment to rest before commencing the slicing.
  9. Slice, present, and observe the light in eyes ignited upon tasting the flavorful adventure you’ve fashioned. Each bite a tale, every flavor a memory, encapsulated within the warm, crisp, and gooey Stromboli.

Cooking tips :

  • Explore with a variety of cheeses for a multi-dimensional flavor profile. A mix of mozzarella, parmesan, and a touch of a stronger cheese like gouda or provolone can elevate your cheesy experience within the Stromboli.
  • Giving the dough ample time to rest after rolling and before stuffing can prevent tears and help it maintain its shape during the assembling process.
  • Don’t hesitate to incorporate fresh herbs where possible. Fresh basil, parsley, or even a hint of fresh mint can offer a refreshing contrast to the rich, cheesy goodness.
  • Remember that some vegetables might release water as they cook, potentially making your Stromboli soggy. Pre-cooking vegetables, especially ones with high water content like mushrooms or zucchini, and then draining them, is a solid strategy.
  • If incorporating meats like sausage, ensure they’re fully cooked before they join your Stromboli stuffing to ensure even cooking throughout.
  • Consider a dash of texture – think of adding pine nuts or even slightly crushed garlic cloves amidst your fillings for unexpected and delightful bursts of flavor and texture.

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