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Easy and Creative Dinner Ideas - Stromboli

Updated on September 24, 2012
Chicken Parmesan Stromboli
Chicken Parmesan Stromboli | Source

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.

Top your peanut butter and chocolate pudding spread with some sliced bananas.
Top your peanut butter and chocolate pudding spread with some sliced bananas.

Kid-Friendly Stromboli

Peanut butter

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.

Deli Stromboli

Turkey and ham cold cuts

Sliced American cheese

Yellow mustard

Spread a thin layer of mustard onto the pizza dough. Add a layer of turkey, then ham, and then cheese.

Chicken Parmesan Stromboli is easy when you use pre-cooked chicken strips.
Chicken Parmesan Stromboli is easy when you use pre-cooked chicken strips.

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.

Vegetable Stromboli

Ranch dressing

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.

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    • GiblinGirl profile image

      GiblinGirl 5 years ago from New Jersey

      :) I think my favorite is the PB, chocolate, and banana.

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania


      Some fast recipes and easy to make. Great for this recent college grad, thanks!