If you love pizza, you will love this recipe for Stromboli! It is easy to assemble, feeds several people, is adaptable to whatever you have on hand, and is delicious!
Our original dinner plans were to grill hamburgers, but as I was preparing the dough for the buns the clouds began rolling in. Plan B began by searching the freezer and pantry to see what I could find to wrap all this dough around! We recently took a pig to the processor so we have an abundance of fresh sausage. In the pantry, I found a jar of spaghetti sauce I had canned recently. We always have an assortment of cheese in the refrigerator. Add a package of pepperoni and you have STROMBOLI!
I used my Basic White Bread recipe found here. For pizzas and stromboli, I add garlic and Italian Seasoning. If you prefer you can use store-bought pizza dough. That would also make this a much quicker recipe to prepare.
1 recipe bread dough
1/2-1 cup spaghetti sauce or pizza sauce
1 pound sausage, fresh or bulk Italian, cooked and drained well
1/2 medium onion, diced (optional) and cooked with the sausage
1 package pepperoni slices
2 cups Mozzarella cheese, shredded
Roll the bread dough into a rectangular shape about 1/4 inch thick. Evenly spread the spaghetti sauce over the bread dough leaving a small gap around the edges. Add the sausage and top with the pepperoni. Cover with the mozzarella cheese. (Guess who forgot to add the cheese!! No problem, we added it after it was baked, reheated and it was still delicious.) Honestly, if you are dairy free this was very good even without the cheese.
Beginning at one end, roll the dough as tightly as possible. (It might be easier to roll your dough on parchment paper so you can use the paper to help roll it back up.) Place the roll on a large baking sheet, seam side down. Cut several slits across the dough to allow steam to escape so that the dough cooks through.
Bake in a preheated 375-degree oven for 25-30 minutes until golden brown.
There are so many variations you could make using this basic recipe.
Greek: Use lamb, ricotta, olives, spinach
Mexican: Use chorizo, peppers, onions, queso blanco, jalapenos
Southern: Use rottiserie chicken, grilled vegetables, spinach, cheddar cheese
The possibilities are endless.