Sunday, April 10, 2011


So for all of you out there who've never had stromboli its sorta like a pizza...except its rolled up.  Pizza is
always great!  But sometimes its fun to do a variation of pizza too.  It seems as though stromboli wasn't even invented until the 1950's, so a lot of people missed out on this yummy meal!
As a side note...did you know there also is a volcano in Italy named, stromboli?

Crust ingredients:
1-1/3 cups warm water (110 - 115 F)
1 T active dry yeast
1 T sugar
3 T olive oil
1-1/4 tsp salt
3-3/4 cup plus 2 T all-purpose flour

Filling ingredients:
1 can pizza sauce
about 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
pizza toppings of your choice (olives, pepperoni, peppers, onions, sausage, etc)

Step 1:
In a stand mixer (I used our Bosch mixer, which eliminated the first rising time) mix water, yeast, and sugar.  Cover and let rest 5 minutes.  After 5 minutes, mixture should be bubbly and smell very yeasty.  (If its not bubbly and maybe stretchy then your yeast didn't proof, your water was probably too hot or too cold, you'll need to try again).

Step 2:
After, proofing your yeast (Step 1), add oil and salt, mix.  Add most of the remaining flour, and mix.  Dough should not be sticky to the touch, you may need to add slightly more or less flour, depending on your dough.
Mix for 5 minutes.

Step 3:
Cover dough and let raise until doubled.

Step 4:
Punch down dough, and divide into two pieces.  On a lightly floured counter top, roll dough into a rectangle, about 12 inches by 18 inches.  Spread sauce in a line lengthwise on the dough. (About 2 inches in from one edge, and about an inch in from the ends)  Top sauce with cheese, and toppings.  Fold smaller side over sauce line.  On top of that fold spread more sauce and more toppings.  Fold the other side over, and under the bottom of the roll, and tuck the ends in well.  Place on a greased cookie sheet. Stab a knife into the top of the roll 3 or 4 times, to make several slits.

Alternate step 4: If this all sounds too confusing, roll your dough into a rectangle, spread with sauce, sprinkle with toppings, and roll it up! Just keep the toppings about an inch in from the edges, and still tuck all the ends under well, so the cheese mostly stays inside!

Step 5:
Bake at 400 for 25 minutes, until top is golden brown.  Let cool for a few minutes, slice, and serve with heated pizza sauce.  Enjoy!!!
Here is my messy kitchen with a few raw strombolis...I made four, and they were all devoured for supper tonight. :)  I made a large batch of dough (about 11 or 12 cups of flour) and made 4 strombolis, and a small, medium, and a large pizza crust.  =D  Twas a lot of dough!