June 15, 2011
Simple Stromboli "simple" options are in parenthesis
2 tsp olive oil
1 tbsp cornmeal
1 lb homemade pizza dough (13.8 oz pkg refrigerated)
1/2 pkg pepperoni, or enough to cover (4 oz ham slices)
1 C shredded mozzarella
1 C fresh prewashed baby or torn spinach
1/2 lb sweet italian sausage (4 oz turkey slices)
1/4 C kalamata olives, pitted and chopped
1/3 C red/ green/ yellow bell pepper
1 egg lightly beaten
*Preheat oven to 375. Lightly brush a baking sheet with olive oil and sprinkle with cornmeal; set aside.
*On a lightly floured surface, carefully stretch or roll pizza dough into a 13 x 10 inch rectangle. Arrange pepperoni on dough in a single layer leaving a 1/2 inch around the edges. Sprinkle with half the cheese. Layer spinach and sausage on the cheese. Top with remaining cheese, olives and peppers. Roll up the dough, starting from a long side. Pinch to seal the seams and edges.
*Place loaf, seam side down, on prepared baking sheet. Brush with egg. Using a sharp knife, cut slits in the top for steam to escape. Bake about 30 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand 10 minutes and slice into serving size pieces.
(We tried the "simple" version of this recipe first and it was tasty and affordable but wasn't a legit stromboli in our opinion. So, I improvised.)
Either way you make it.... Enjoy!