Dad Cook Good Recipes for Dinner: Pizzeria Style Stromboli Made at Home: Easy!
Yes, Even Dad Can Make a Good Stromboli
As I am in my third year as a Dad, I have been beginning to learn the ropes of how to put together a meal that tastes good but doesn’t take the talent of a master Chef. If you’re a parent you know that it is often hard to satisfy young toddlers ever changing likes and dislikes in the food department let alone the seemingly instant pivots from one food they have been chanting for the past hour to another completely different food genre at the exact moment you start cooking the original “request”. In this episode of Dad Cook, I am going to talk about a quick and easy Italian Restaurant favorite; Stromboli!
One must be slightly prepared to use this “go to” dish as one of the main ingredients is not an item many keep in stock in the family freezer. It is not an uncommon item however. The Stromboli is a versatile food that is easy to make and can be made for a variety of individuals likes and dislikes. Since we are talking about feeding a toddler, I will angle this particular recipe to usual toddler favorites.
- Frozen Bread Dough
- 1/4 lb Deli Ham
- 1/4 lb Deli Pepperoni (sandwich size)
- 1/4 lb Deli Salami (sandwich size)
- Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
- Corn Meal
- Optional Spaghetti Sauce, for dipping
- Let frozen bread dough though during the day or use your microwave ovens defrost feature to make the dough stretchy and “tossable”
- Pre-heat your oven to 400-425 degrees
- Make the now thawed dough as flat and circular in shape as possible on a cutting board covered with flour
- Hold the flattened “stretchy” dough over your hands and gently stretch it, turning ever so often to maintain circular shape as the size increases. Don’t over stretch leaving ultra thin dough or holes
- Place stretched dough back onto the flour covered cutting board and begin placing your toppings on the half of the dough closest to you leaving about 1 inch of dough in covered around the edges
- After you have covered one half of the dough with Ham, Pepperoni, and Salami, and top them off with a liberal coating of Mozzarella cheese
- Next, gently fold the uncovered half of dough forming a half circle and pinch the previously uncovered dough around the edges of topping, fold the pinched edges and then pinch them down again
- Use a Fork to poke holes in your plump uncooked Stromboli to allow venting
- Spread a coating of cornmeal onto a baking pan and gently place the Stromboli inside
- Place in the oven and let bake until the Stromboli is golden brown.
- Carefully remove the Stromboli on top of the baking pan from the oven and place on a trivet or hot pads
- Cut Stromboli into slices and serve hot
If your child is like my son, he/she will love the cheesy goodness along with the familiar taste of pepperoni and lunch meat he has come to love!
What's Your Favorite Pizza Topping? (Put it in your Stromboli!)
If you’re in the mood for something a little different try the below fillings!
1) Chicken nuggets, tomato sauce, and Mozzarella
3) Slow Cooked Salsa Chicken, sour cream, and Mexican rice
4) Hamburger, American Cheese, diced pickles
Of course there are any number of combinations you can choose based on your likes and dislikes.
Stromboli’s are a very versatile food that can be made at home in your own oven. You don’t have to worry if you have enough tip money for the delivery guy!
I hope you enjoy this simple Stromboli recipe!
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