Classic Stromboli

This Classic Stromboli is what happens when a pizza meets an Italian sub!

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This Classic Stromboli is what happens when a pizza meets an Italian sub!Dear, pizza.  How do I love thee?  Let me count the ways.

I love thee with a delicious rustic crust.  And I love thine weird toppings, like roasted potatoes or BBQ chicken.  I love thee in taco form, pretzel crust form and even in brownie form.  Heck, I even love thee in dip form or in pull-apart bread form.  Needless to say, I think it’s pretty obvious that we love our pizza around here.  I shocked myself when I looked back over my pizza-themed posts.  I had no idea there were so many delicious pizzas hiding back there in the archives.  (And now as I sit here writing about this Classic Stromboli, I can’t stop thinking back about about several of those different pizzas that have made guest appearances in our kitchen.)

This Classic Stromboli is what happens when a pizza meets an Italian sub!But today isn’t about pizza.  It’s about stromboli.  Truthfully, this classic stromboli isn’t that far from pizza.  It’s like pizza’s first cousin.  Ok, maybe second cousin but only because sauce is optional in strombolis.  Or maybe that means it’s a first cousin, once removed.  (I’ve never understand all that once-, twice- removed stuff…have you?)

This Classic Stromboli is what happens when a pizza meets an Italian sub!Here in upstate New York, we have at least one pizza shop on every corner.  Sometimes two.  Back at the end of last year, one of my curling buddies ordered some pizzas to be delivered to the club after our game.  Awesome!  And even more awesome was the fact that a stromboli was included in there.  A stromboli is what happens when an Italian sandwich meets a pizza.  You’ve got classic Italian meats like pepperoni and salami in there.  But then you’ve also got mozzarella and provolone cheese, and then the whole thing is folded into a pizza-like dough.  It’s nothing short of delicious!

I brought my wife a leftover slice of stromboli home from the curling club that night, and we shared it for lunch the next day.  It didn’t take long before we had ordered another one for ourselves.  So I decided to hit the kitchen and create my own stromboli.  Nothing beats homemade, right?

This Classic Stromboli is what happens when a pizza meets an Italian sub!For this first version of a stromboli (more will be coming for sure!), I stuck to the classic fillings.  Pepperoni, salami, ham.  Mozzaralla, provolone, Parmesan.  Fold all that deliciousness up and bake it for ~20 minutes, and you’ve got yourself one heck of an awesome meal!

But there’s one strange thing about strombolis.  I can’t seem to figure out if they should have sauce in them or not.  The couple that we’ve had around here didn’t have sauce, although one was served with a side of sauce for dipping.  (The others didn’t come with sauce for dipping.)  I looked at no less than 25 stromboli recipes online, too…and there was a mix when it came to sauce.  The classic toppings were more or less the same, but the sauce varied.  So I decided to put the sauce in this recipe as optional.  We didn’t put the sauce in this classic stromboli, but we did serve it on the side for dipping.  Good call in my opinion.  But maybe next time I’ll experiment with including the sauce in the stromboli itself.  Either way, I can promise that this stromboli will be delicious!  Enjoy!

This Classic Stromboli is what happens when a pizza meets an Italian sub!Should a stromboli include sauce inside?  Or as a dipping sauce on side?  Or neither?

What is the most unique topping you’ve eaten on a pizza?

This Classic Stromboli is what happens when a pizza meets an Italian sub!

Classic Stromboli

This Classic Stromboli is what happens when a pizza meets an Italian sub!
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Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Rising Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 35 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 762kcal


For the Dough

For the Filling


For the Dough

  • Using a large mixing bowl, combine ½ cup of flour with the yeast, sugar and water. Stir until well combined; let mixture rest for 15 minutes.
  • Add the remaining flour, olive oil and salt; mix on low speed until well combined. Increase speed to medium and mix for 3-4 minutes. Transfer dough into a lightly oiled bowl, cover and let rest at room temperature for 1 hour.
  • Turn dough out onto lightly floured countertop and fold several times. Place back into bowl, cover and let rest at room temperature for ~30 minutes, or until dough has doubled in size.

For the Filling

  • Lightly dust countertop with flour. Roll dough into an 11”x17” rectangle. (Note: You could also make two smaller strombolis, but we opted for one long one instead.)
  • With a long side of the dough facing you, spread the pizza sauce (if using) evenly across dough, leaving 1” border on both of the longer sides. Next, spread the mozzarella evenly across dough. Sprinkle 1 tsp of Italian seasonings on top of cheese.
  • Overlapping slightly, layer the ham, salami, pepperoni and provolone lengthwise down the dough. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese evenly on top.
  • Brush the long edge of the dough closest to you with the beaten egg. Starting with the opposite long end (the one without the egg wash) roll the dough towards you into a tight cylinder. Pinch edges of dough to seal.
  • Brush top of dough with remaining egg wash and sprinkle with remaining ¼ tsp of Italian seasonings and kosher salt.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F. While oven heats, let Stromboli rest at room temperature for ~15 minutes.
  • Cut 3 (½”) steam vents in top of Stromboli. Bake at 400°F for 20-25 minutes, or until top of Stromboli is golden brown. (Note: If you have a pizza stone, place it into the oven while it preheats and then bake directly on the stone. If not, then bake this Stromboli on the bottom rack of the oven using a standard baking sheet.)
  • Let cool for 5 minutes before slicing.

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  1. Hi David! This is one good lookin’ sandwich! Did you use a dough hook? I make a pretty tasty seafood pizza with shrimp, clams, mussels and calamari – it’s perfect with a good cold beer! 🙂

    1. I did indeed use a dough hook for this one, Dorothy…although the regular paddle would probably have worked, too, since this is a pretty soft dough. And a seafood pizza, eh? Intriguing! I can’t say I’ve ever had a seafood pizza, but now I want to give it a shot! 🙂

    1. Ok, I think I’m with you on the sauce-on-the-side. I’ve tried both ways, and some bites I want to dip while others I’m ok leaving plain. Either way, no sauce inside! I’m thinking Stromboli Tuesdays a real thing, right? 🙂

  2. I’m loving the sauce on the side for dipping – though – if you put it in the stromboli, I’d eat it still – so long as it was homemade – because homemade ALWAYS wins 🙂
    As far as the most unique topping I’ve had on a pizza… mine would have to be potatoes – while they seem to be the norm in the Spiced kitchen – they are pretty darn exotic -on pizza- to me! Happy Monday my Upstate-NYC friend!

    1. Homemade totally wins. Always! Of course, it is nice to have someone else make it…but homemade still always wins. 🙂 Potatoes are totally a strange thing on pizzas. We discovered a little pizza shop around the corner from us that put roasted potatoes on pizza, and I was intrigued. They’re tasty for sure. But I still go back to the classic toppings when I want a good comfort food pizza…or calzone…or stromboli.

  3. As always, Dave, good looking food! If it were me, I’d say sauce on the side. I think it’s tastier. Though, i can’t claim to be an expert on Italian food. When it comes to cousins, though, I am an expert. I come from a long line of six-kid families. If you measure two people back to their common ancestor and it turns out that there are an uneven number of family tree nodes between you, you use the term “removed” to account for the nodes. Thus, your cousin’s children are your first cousins once removed. They are your children’s 2nd cousins.

    1. Woah, my mind is blown, Jeff. You should have been a genealogist. A genealogist who makes incredibly good lookin’ chicken salad sammiches. Seriously…I’d expect that to be on your resume. If you were actually a genealogist, of course. My wife comes from a huge Italian family, so there are always distant relatives around, but I never know the exact relation for the life of me. My family on the other hand is quite easy. It’s me and my sister. Even I can manage to keep that one straight!

    1. I’m thinking you are right with the sauce on the side, Manali…that way it doesn’t bake into the crust. That, and I can control how much sauce I put on each bite. And as far as pizza vs. stromboli? Good question! A stromboli is like a pizza folded on top of itself. And it’s usually got the standard toppings/fillings I used here, although I’ve seen some pretty creative stromboli fillings out there. Don’t be surprised if another stromboli shows up here sometime soon! 🙂

  4. 1. I brought my wife a leftover slice of stromboli home from the curling club that night, and we shared it for lunch the next day. – So much for bringing it ‘for Laura’.


    3. I need this. Seriously, the fact that you used more than one cheese and more than one meat…Gah. Okay, officially salivating. I’d try and hunt one down here but no one eats in LA. (They asked me if I wanted my bagel scooped).

    1. Hahaha…Arman, you crack me up! As if I have time for another marriage. For the life of me, I can’t figure out how a squirmy (sick) 4-month old can totally wipe out 2 fully-functioning adults. But it has happened. I’ve heard that about L.A. I say you open a stromboli shop out there…I bet you’d have a lot of people coming in wearing disguises so they can chow down on delicious strombolis without being seen. 🙂

    1. Tell me about it, Dawn! You can’t go wrong when melted cheese and yummy Italian meats come together…and that’s before you wrap it in tasty dough! 🙂

    1. It’s definitely a genius kind of recipe! Those Italians…they kinda know what they’re talking about when it comes to food. 🙂

  5. Looks delicious David! I never made Stromboli before, but I want to try it so bad now. As for cold beer, mmmm, I don’t drink, I’m a good girl. LOL! 🙂

    1. I agree, Mary! After we had that leftover stromboli from the pizza place, I was like…wait, I can totally make this at home. And it was so good! Give it a shot sometime for a fun meal! 🙂

  6. Wow, you’ve made pizzas in many ways, David! I just didn’t find a pizza pasta bake. Too bad. You should fix it. Could you imagine gooey cheesy baked pasta topped with all your favorite toppings (Don’t put lavender on it, though)? And I know this is a shame, but I’ve never made stromboli…I might have never tried them either. Now this is sad. Send me some please to fix this ASAP.

    1. I know! I’ve made more pizzas than I realized. And yes, there is a pizza pasta bake out there. I just didn’t have enough room to link it all. Hah! (And no, that pizza pasta bake doesn’t include lavender…maybe I should play with that recipe for next time?)

      And as far as stromboli, go find yourself a stromboli today. Please! And then go home and make one, too. It’s #StromboliWednesday. (I might have just made that one up…)

    1. Hah! Pizza nights are one of our favorites around here, and this stromboli was a fun way to mix it up a bit. I’m voting for you for Mother of the Year, Karly! 🙂

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