Thursday, November 17, 2011


A hearty and delicious meal.  Great as an appetizer if cut into thin slices.  Also very portable for packing in lunches (which is what I usually do for my boyfriend if he doesn't eat it first)

What you need:
Pizza or Bread Dough (I have done this with my own- see recipe below- or store bought dough in the refrigerator section)
Spicy Mustard and Mayonnaise
1/2 pound Deli Meat: I use a mixture of salami and pepperoni usually- you can also use ham or cook up some Italian sausage if you have it
(Sauteed peppers, onion, and garlic cloves if you feel like it- sometimes I do, sometimes I don't make the effort)
1-1.5 cups Shredded Cheese: I usually use a mixture of mozzarella, Parmesan, and cheddar- you can also try provolone, pepper jack, or whatever suits your fancy
Garlic Powder, Oregano, Red Pepper Flakes

Topping: Kosher Salt, Oregano, Garlic Powder

Roll dough out on a jelly roll pan as if you were creating a rectangular pizza crust.  Spread mustard and mayonnaise on the dough to create a THIN layer.  Arrange deli meat (and sausage if you are using it) in a strip down the middle, about 3-4 inches wide.  Add the peppers and onions if you decided you wanted them.  Sprinkle cheese on top and the garlic powder, oregano, and red pepper flakes.  Fold the sides of the dough in and pinch shut.  Then fold the ends in and pinch again to seal.  Carefully flip the loaf over.  Sprinkle with the kosher salt, oregano, and garlic powder.  Let rest for 10-20 minutes and place in preheated 400 degree Fahrenheit oven, or place in cold oven and turn on to 400 degrees (it will rise a bit while the oven heats).  Bake for 25 minutes, or until lightly browned.  Let cool for 10 minutes before slicing.  Enjoy!

Dough Recipe:
This recipe makes double what you need for one loaf of stromboli- you can either halve it, or make the whole thing and place the other half of the dough in the frig for a day or so until you need it.  Just be sure to cover it.

6 + cups all purpose flour
2 packets yeast
1 tablespoon salt
2 teaspoons sugar
2 1/2 cups water

Mix 4 cups of flour, the yeast, sugar, and salt in a large bowl.  Heat the water until it is hot (you should be able to stick a finger in it without it burning, but is slightly uncomfortable).  Pour into the bowl and stir to mix really well.  Keep adding the flour, switching from stirring to kneading when the dough becomes stirrer and not unmanageably sticky.  Knead for 5 minutes to create a smooth, soft dough.  You want to avoid adding much flour- only use as much as is needed to knead without it sticking all over you.  Form into a ball, spray with oil and place in bowl.  Cover and let rise 1-2 hours or until at least doubled in size.  Punch down, and let rest for 10-20 minutes.  It's ready to roll out (if you are making the stromboli or a pizza), or can be formed into loaves and baked.

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