I find myself in a dinner rut once in a while. Not in the mood for pasta, a casserole won’t do it, and I’m really not in the mood for take out. This happened to me recently and I thought of an easy meal that I don’t make as often as I should (or not, it certainly isn’t healthy): stromboli!
The great thing about food like stromboli and pizza is that it is easy to make different versions, including vegetarian or not. Here’s a recipe for a basic cheese stromboli, just add in what you wish (broccoli is my personal fav).
You’ll need (this makes one stromboli, which is large enough for two people…but better to make one for yourself and have leftovers for the next day!):
1 pizza dough (Yup, I cheat and buy the ready to roll kind)
1 cup mozzerella cheese
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
3/4 cup marinara sauce
1/2 tsp. basil (fresh if you have it!)
1/2 tsp. oregano
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 Tb olive oil (divided)
Salt and pepper
Preheat the oven to whatever degree your dough calls for, if you made your own- go you. Unroll the dough right onto the pan you
will be baking it on, that way you won’t have to transfer it. When putting the ingredients on, make sure to leave about an inch and a half space from the edge, so you can roll and close later.
Spread 1/2 Tb of the olive oil onto the dough, followed by the crushed garlic. Next, layer the sauce followed by mozzarella cheese. The ricotta can be spread on, or placed in bunches throughout the dough, your preference. Now is when you could add any ingredients that you might want like veggies or meat (meat needs to be cooked first). Don’t stuff it too much, or it won’t fold and will poke through the dough. Sprinkle the herbs and spices on, salt and pepper to taste.
“Roll” the dough. I say “roll” but it’s more like flop it 2, maybe 3 times until all the ingredients are wrapped up. Seal the edges and side by using a fork to press, also use the fork to poke a few holes in the top. If you skip this step, your stromboli will explode, guaranteed. Seal as best as you can and make sure to monitor while you are baking. Once the dough is together, drizzle the rest of the olive oil and sprinkle the parmesan cheese on top. It makes the stromboli look professional and it is tasty. Feel free to sprinkle on more herbs as well.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, depending on how hot your oven is. Holy stromboli!