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Easy and Creative Dinner Ideas - Stromboli
What to Make For Dinner
What’s for dinner? It seems like a simple enough question, but considering it can be asked as many as 365 times a year, coming up with a good answer day after day – or at the very least a different answer – can be quite difficult. While you can have the same muffin and coffee every day for breakfast or the same sandwich and snack every day for lunch, it seems that when it comes to making dinner, “the usual” just won’t do.
For whatever reason, dinner seems to beg for variety. You’ll likely spend more time trying to come up with ideas for dinner than you will actually preparing and eating it. It can be fun, but it can also be overwhelming, especially when you’re trying to make do with what you already have in the pantry or fridge while still trying to find a dish that will please everyone – or at least most of your family.
That’s what makes Stromboli so ideal as a dinner option. It’s as versatile as it is delicious. Stromboli is basically pizza dough that’s been rolled out into a rectangle, topped with various ingredients, rolled into a log, and baked for about 45 minutes. The filling can be as traditional or creative as you like, and most often can be cobbled together with ingredients you already have on hand.
Stromboli Cook Time
- Prep time: 15 min
- Cook time: 45 min
- Ready in: 1 hour
- Yields: Each Stromboli yields about eight slices
Stromboli Dinner Ideas - Five Different Filling Options
Start with some store-bought pizza dough. Roll it out into a rectangle (or as close to a rectangle as you can get). The dough should be thin, but you shouldn’t be able to see the countertop through it. Aim for a thickness of between 1/8 and ¼ of an inch. Then simply choose your filling. Regardless of how you top the dough, make sure to leave a border around the edge of about one inch - this way you'll be able to seal the dough after you roll it and keep the filling from falling or oozing out. Once you've topped the dough, roll it into a log starting from the long edge. Place your Stromboli, seam side down, on a greased baking sheet (you can use the non-stick spray) and bake in the oven at 350ᵒ for about 45 minutes or until the Stromboli sounds hollow when you tap it.
1 snack-size container of chocolate pudding
2 bananas, sliced
Spread a thin layer of peanut butter onto the pizza dough. Spread the chocolate pudding on top of the peanut butter. Top with sliced bananas.
Turkey and ham cold cuts
Sliced American cheese
Spread a thin layer of mustard onto the pizza dough. Add a layer of turkey, then ham, and then cheese.
Chicken Parmesan Stromboli
1 cup pre-cooked chicken strips, cut or torn into bite-size pieces
Tomato sauce - you can actually get this in a ketchup-style bottle now and it lasts for up to four weeks
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese - you can certainly add more if you want a cheesier Stromboli
Spread a thin layer of tomato sauce onto the dough - about 4 or 5 tablespoons full should do it (otherwise the dough is likely to get soggy). Sprinkle the chicken strips on top of the sauce and then sprinkle the cheese on.
1 onion, diced
1 large red pepper, diced
1 can black olives, sliced
1 jar (4.5 oz) of pre-sliced mushrooms, drained and patted dry
Spread a thin layer of ranch dressing onto the dough. Sprinkle the onions, peppers, olives, and mushrooms on top.
Tuna Melt Stromboli
3 pouches of tuna
Provolone or Swiss cheese
1 tablespoon light mayo
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
Combine the tuna, mayo, and mustard in a mixing bowl. Spread the mixture onto the dough. Add a layer of Provolone or Swiss cheese on top.