You have to love a recipe that looks like you worked hard when actually you didn’t do much at all.
Stromboli, a cousin of calzone, fits into that category, and when you’re finished, you can feed the neighborhood.
Stromboli is a long roll of meat and cheese wrapped in pizza dough, which is then cut into individual slices for serving. It’s an Italian-American invention from the 1950s, apparently named for the film “Stromboli,” which was on the silver screen at the time. There is a real place called Stromboli; it’s a volcanic island off the north coast of Sicily.
Begin with dough from your favorite local pizzeria (or supermarket). Roll it out and add layers of salami, ham, mozzarella, and provolone. I like to temper all this richness with a sprinkle of capers and a few peppadews (which are tangy and slightly spicy pickled red peppers that you can find at most grocery store salad bars, or buy in jars).
I usually roll out the dough on floured parchment paper, which I then use to help roll the dough and all the layers of meat and cheese into a log. Then I pick up the parchment on both sides — like a sling — and set it on the baking sheet.
Bake until golden, cut into colorful slices, and serve warm. Named for a volcano, your guests will certainly erupt into applause when they see this stromboli coming!
Easy Stromboli RecipePrint
Look for the ingredients for this recipe at your grocery store's deli counter and salad bar.
Peppadew peppers can also often be purchased in jars, sometimes under the name "sweet piquante peppers." Substitute roasted red peppers if you can't find peppadews.
- 1 pound prepared pizza dough (homemade or store-bought)
- All-purpose flour, for sprinkling
- 16 thin-cut slices Genoa salami (1/3 pound)
- 8 thick-cut slices capicola ham (1/3 pound)
- 16 slices provolone (1/4 pound)
- 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella
- 1 cup peppadews, or roasted red peppers, drained
- 1 tablespoon drained capers
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan, for sprinkling
1 Heat the oven to 400°F. Place an oven rack in the lower third of the oven.
2 Roll out the dough: Lay a 16-inch sheet of parchment paper on the counter and dust it with flour. Roll the dough on the floured parchment paper to a 14-by-11-inch rectangle.
3 Add the filling: Layer the salami on the dough to within 1/2-inch of the edges, and overlap the slices so that no dough shows beneath the salami. Add provolone, followed by the ham, mozzarella, and then the peppadews. Finally, sprinkle with capers.
4 Roll up the dough: Brush the edges of the dough with egg. Using the parchment to help you, lift up one long end and start rolling. Continue rolling until the seam on the log is on the bottom. Pinch the ends so they don't open and tuck the dough under the roll.
5 Transfer to the baking sheet: Using the parchment paper as a sling, transfer the log on the paper to the baking sheet. Brush all over with egg and sprinkle with Parmesan. Use a paring knife to cut diagonal slits at 1-inch intervals all along the top.
6 Bake the stromboli: Bake the stromboli for 15 minutes. Turn the oven down to 375°F and continue baking for 25 minutes, or until the log is golden and the cheese is oozing at the slits.
7 Cool and serve: Cool on the pan for about 10 minutes. Cut into slices along the slits. Serve immediately while hot; stromboli is also delicious at room temperature.
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