Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Easiest Dinner Ever - Stromboli

Are you ready for the easiest sure-fire dinner ever? It requires three ingredients and three ingredients only. And prep and cooking time takes around 30 minutes. On board yet?

My mom used to make us stromboli when I was a kid and occasionally I would help, but at the time I didn't realize how much easier it was to make than almost everything else in my mom's repertoire. So on a night when you are tired and not up for making something involved, this is the meal for you.

Here are your three ingredients - premade pizza dough, pepperoni (or another meat like ham), and provolone cheese. You can also use mozzarella cheese, but provolone melts perfectly and is easy to fold. If you're up for it you can add some veggies too, like green peppers or mushrooms (blech, I would never add mushrooms).

The Trader Joe's pizza dough requires being being set out for 20 minutes before use, but if you use Pillsbury like I used to, you can just pop and go. There's something very satisfying about popping those Pillsbury cans, don't you think?

Just to be on the safe side, spray your cookie sheet with some Pam.

Now stretch out your dough and lay it over a cookie sheet with the edges hanging slightly over the rim.

The first layer is your meat - I would have used more pepperoni, but this is all I had left. We roll ghetto style in my house.

Now time for the provolone. Laying it as pictured is a tried and true method of the Radd family women. Break the cheese circles in half so that when you fold the stromboli up it's much easier because the cheese is the same width as the stromboli. Trust me.

Roll up your stromboli - each half of the provolone is one layer when rolling. Does that make sense? Now see that big flap hanging over the rim, we're about to take care of that.

Roll the ends underneath so the cheese doesn't burst forth during cooking. Also you will probably want to put the stromboli diagonally on the cookie sheet.

Now bake it in the oven at 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes until golden brown on top.

John snapped this photo of himself while the stromboli was baking and I didn't see it until I uploaded the pictures. Lucky me!

This is what your delicious stromboli will look like when you pull it out of the oven. Pulled out just before the cheese escaped!

I admit, I made this one with a little too much cheese and too little meat, but it was still awesome. Hard to go wrong with a meal that is essentially pepperoni cheese bread. Especially one this easy.

Premade pizza crust
Half a package of pepperoni
Half a package of provolone cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Stretch out the pizza dough to cover a cookie sheet sprayed with coooking spray. Place the pepperoni evenly over the dough. Break the provolone into halves and space out evenly over the dough. Fold or roll the stromboli until all the cheese and meat is hidden. Fold in the ends to seal the stromboli and bake at 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes until golden brown.


  1. oooooh, that looks delicious and super-easy. maybe i'll convince mitch to make it for me!

  2. i used to make it for lunch for the girls at work, though i used pillsbury pizza dough from a can. i used to kinda like it (as far as lunches served at work go), but then i don't know what went wrong and it stopped tasting good


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