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Dad Cook Good Recipes for Dinner: Pizzeria Style Stromboli Made at Home: Easy!

Updated on June 27, 2012

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.

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  • 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
  • Flour
  • Corn Meal
  • Optional Spaghetti Sauce, for dipping


  1. Let frozen bread dough though during the day or use your microwave ovens defrost feature to make the dough stretchy and “tossable”
  2. Pre-heat your oven to 400-425 degrees
  3. Make the now thawed dough as flat and circular in shape as possible on a cutting board covered with flour
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Use a Fork to poke holes in your plump uncooked Stromboli to allow venting
  9. Spread a coating of cornmeal onto a baking pan and gently place the Stromboli inside
  10. Place in the oven and let bake until the Stromboli is golden brown.
  11. Carefully remove the Stromboli on top of the baking pan from the oven and place on a trivet or hot pads
  12. 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!


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 Filling Ideas:

If you’re in the mood for something a little different try the below fillings!

1) Chicken nuggets, tomato sauce, and Mozzarella

2) Ham and Pineapple

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!

© 2012 Peter Leeper


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    • vespawoolf profile image

      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      The stromboli sounds fabulous, and I like the idea of Dad cooking it!

    • Just Ask Susan profile image

      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Oh this looks so good. Is a stromboli the same as a Panzarotti? Thank you for sharing your recipe, I look forward to trying it.

    • A.A. Zavala profile image

      Augustine A Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

      Outstanding recipe! I've always wanted to to cook this dish, never realized it was so easy. Thank you for sharing.

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      Peter Leeper 5 years ago from Londonderry, New Hampshire

      Thanks. Although the pic is a google search item it looks almost exactly like what my recipe would make. You should definately try it. If you like pizza or an Italian sandwhich, I am sure you would enjoy it.

      Thanks for the comment!

    • rjsadowski profile image

      rjsadowski 5 years ago

      Your stromboli looks tasty. Would you be;ieve that I have never eaten one?

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      Peter Leeper 5 years ago from Londonderry, New Hampshire

      thanks rob, I wish i could clame that picture as one of my own but it isn't. It is however almost exactly like what my receipe describes and would be very similar in appearance! Add as much cheese, or only cheese! I know my son would eat cheese exclusively if he could!

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      rob_allen 5 years ago from MNL, PH

      I would love to add more cheese on that! By the way, your Stromboli looks so tempting! Looking at it makes me hungry!!! :))