Italian Stromboli

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Italian Stromboli is really easy to make at home. When you want that stuffed dough filled with savory meats and cheeses, there is no need to go to the local restaurant, try making this simple stromboli recipe at home.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Top shot of the Italian Stromboli.

Italian Stromboli is really easy to make at home. When you want that stuffed dough filled with savory meats and cheeses, there is no need to go to the local restaurant, try making this simple stromboli recipe at home.

Italian Strombolion a cutting board with a blue stripped napkin in the background.

This Italian Stromboli recipe requires only a few ingredients and can be made with things that you already have at home. Furthermore, it is a perfect activity to make with your kids so that they feel like they are the chef.

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What We Love About This Recipe

It is really fast and easy and so cheesy and meaty. It is always a popular and well loved dinner option.

  • 30 Minute Meal: Ten minutes of prep and twenty to cook.
  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry or fridge.
  • Family Friendly: Kids can help make them and they can add their favorite ingredients.
  • Adaptable: Can make it low-carb, meat free, dairy free, etc…
  • Makes Great Leftovers: Reheats beautifully, perfect for lunch or snack the next day.
Dough, sauce and toppings for the italian Stromboli

Ingredient Notes

  • Frozen Bread Dough: 2 loaves thawed, frozen pizza dough works great too.
  • Salami: I use Oscar Mayer Classic Salami.
  • Pepperoni: Try Oscar Mayer Classic Pepperoni or your favorite brand.
  • Ham: Deli ham slices of your choice.
  • American Cheese
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Pizza Sauce
  • Italian Seasoning: 2 Teaspoons of the blend linked here or your favorite. A perfect blend of garlic, pepper and your favorite spices.
Top shot of the Italian Stromboli.

Equipment Needed

How to Make Easy Stromboli Recipe

These are the basic steps for making easy recipe for stromboli. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions and nutrition information.

Stuffing the crust for the stromboli.

STEP 1: PREP

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil. First, roll out one loaf of bread dough to a rectangle that is 1/4 inch thick.

STEP 2: LAYER

Next, spread pizza sauce on the entire rectangle, leaving a 1 inch border all the way around and then place half of the salami in single layer, covering the marinara sauce.Repeat with half of the American cheese, ham, pepperoni and mozzarella cheese.

STEP 3: FOLD

Bring the long sides together over the center, and pinch together to seal. Turn over, so that the seam side is on the bottom, and place on baking sheet.Repeat all of the steps above with second loaf of bread dough.

Rolling the Stromboli

STEP 4: BRUSH

Brush the top of each stromboli with olive oil, egg wash or melted butter and sprinkle Italian seasoning over the top and next with a sharp serrated knife, cut 3 diagonal slices in each stromboli to allow the steam to escape.

STEP 5: BAKE

Finally, bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown. Allow to cool slightly before slicing.

Brushing the stromboli with oil and baking.

Prep and Storage Tips for the Easy Recipe for Stromboli

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

Truly, this recipe is very quick and easy, therefore, there is not a lot of prep involved. Almost all the ingredients are pre made and sliced already. Again all you really have to do is assemble.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

You can assemble early in the day and wrap well in plastic wrap and keep in the fridge until ready to bake.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

Freeze in an airtight container and place in the fridge to thaw when you are ready to bake. You can freeze the assembled Italian Stromboli cooked or uncooked.

HOW TO REHEAT THIS RECIPE

Reheat in a 350 degree oven until warmed through.

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN ITALIAN STROMBOLI AND A CALZONE?

This is a very loaded question based on who you ask. Some believe it is the sauce or how the crust is folded etc. However, it is really the cheese that truly makes the difference. Calzone traditionally includes ricotta cheese while stromboli does not.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE DIFFERENT CHEESES?

Of course, add provolone cheese or parmesan cheese, they are great in this stromboli.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Indeed, this recipe makes two strombolis. You can make one and freeze one or double the recipe for a party.

CAN YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE HEALTHIER?

Sure, try using low fat or turkey versions of the meat, use a low fat or fat free cheese to make this recipe a little more calorie friendly.

Pieces of Italian Stromboli stacked.

Expert Tips for Making This Recipe

  • Make your own Dough: Break out your yeast, mixer with a dough hook and make your own dough or go to your local Italian restaurant and purchase their dough.
  • Extra Sauce: Serve extra marinara sauce on the side in a small bowl for dipping.
  • Fresh Herbs: Top with fresh parsley and fresh basil to give a kick of flavor.
  • Variation tip: Make a veggie stromboli and fill with your favorite vegetables such as spinach, mushrooms and broccoli.
  • Alternate ingredient: Make a hot wing stromboli with chicken, cheese and hot wing sauce.
  • Alternate cooking method tip: This recipe works well in the air fryer too, however, you will have to adjust the size of your strombolis.

What to Serve with Italian Stromboli

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Italian Stromboli

Yield: 8
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Italian Stromboli is really easy to make at home. When you want that stuffed dough filled with savory meats and cheeses, there is no need to go to the local restaurant, try making this simple stromboli recipe at home.
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Ingredients

  • 2 loaves of frozen bread dough, thawed
  • 1/4 pound Oscar Mayer classic salami slices
  • 1/4 pound Oscar Mayer classic Pepperoni slices
  • 1/4 pound deli ham, sliced
  • 1/4 pound American cheese, sliced
  • 2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cups pizza sauce
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning

Instructions

  • Roll out one loaf of bread dough to a rectangle that is 1/4 inch thick.
  • Spread pizza sauce on the entire rectangle, leaving a 1 inch border all the way around.
  • Place half of the salami in single layer, covering the pizza sauce.
  • Repeat with half of the American cheese, ham, pepperoni and mozzarella cheese.
  • Bring the long sides together over the center, and pinch together to seal.
  • Turn over, so that the seam is on the bottom, and place on an ungreased baking sheet.
  • Repeat all of the steps above with second loaf of bread dough.
  • Brush the top of each stromboli with olive oil and sprinkle Italian seasoning over the top.
  • With a sharp knife, cut 3 diagonal slices in each stromboli to allow the steam to escape.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Allow to cool slightly before slicing.

Expert Tips

 
  • Make your own Dough: Break out your yeast, mixer with a dough hook and make your own dough or go to your local Italian restaurant and purchase their dough.
  • Extra Sauce: Serve extra marinara sauce on the side in a small bowl for dipping.
  • Fresh Herbs: Top with fresh parsley and fresh basil to give a kick of flavor.
  • Variation tip: Make a veggie stromboli and fill with your favorite vegetables such as spinach, mushrooms and broccoli.
  • Alternate ingredient: Make a hot wing stromboli with chicken, cheese and hot wing sauce.
  • Alternate cooking method tip: This recipe works well in the air fryer too, however, you will have to adjust the size of your strombolis.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 607kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 1945mg | Potassium: 361mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 597IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 312mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian

This recipe is my personal adaption of an ethnic inspired recipe. It is not intended to be an authentic recipe.  I’ve recreated this recipe because I enjoy the flavors and I want to encourage my readers to expand their tastes and try new flavor combinations. The recipe, ingredients and processes may have been adapted to make the recipe accessible for the average American. I have provided links to authentic versions of the recipe in the post above. I encourage you to visit these pages and learn more about the traditional version(s) of this recipe.

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  1. I have never had that but it looks and sounds really yummy! I especially love the leftovers part of it. Ya gotta love that. Thanks for linking up to Making Your Home Sing Monday!

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  2. I love stromboli and make it occasionally (usually end up making pizza when I make the dough). Am looking forward to reading more of your recipes. Am your newest follower and would love it if you could follow Dropped Stitches!

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