Thursday, January 29, 2009


Stromboli is one of Disney's evil villains from Pinnochio. He buys Pinnochio from Honest John and earns a bunch of money by using Pinnochio as a means of entertainment. I was never a big fan of the movie but from some reason every time I hear the word stromboli, I think of that fat, evil man. Hopefully after tonight's dinner we won't look like Mr. Stromboli.

Without further adieu, here's our dinner: Meaty Strombolis (adapted from Food Network):

1 1/2 cups of swiss cheese, coarsely grated
1 cup thinly sliced string cheese
EVOO for brushing
1 pkg of pizza dough...mine was 16 oz., Trader Joe's
10 fresh basil leaves
3/4 cup pitted green or black olives, roughly chopped (I used kalamata olives but they were too strong, try a more mild olive, would have been good without the olives too)
1/2 cup pizza sauce (in my opinion, Trader Joe's is the best!)
1/4 lb. italian meats, cut into 1/2 inch wide ribbons ( I used mortadella, salami and cappicola)

1. If you're using pizza dough that needs to rest, like Trader Joe's, make sure you fit in some time for this. 20 min. for Trader Joe's.
2. Preheat oven to 425°. Mix 1 cup of swiss cheese with the string cheese.
3. Lightly brush a baking sheet with olive oil. Cut the pizza dough into two pieces. roll out into a 6-by-9-inch rectangle. (As you can see mine were rectangle-ish)

4. Spread half of mixed cheese along one long side of each rectangle, leaving an inch border between the cheese and dough edge. Top each mound of cheese with half of the basil and a quarter of the olives.

5. Top with 1/4 cup pizza sauce and a third of the meat.

6. Fold the dough over the filling lengthwise, pressing the edges to seal. Make slits in the top of the dough to allow steam to escape during baking.

7. Bake the stromboli until brown, about 15 minutes, remove from the oven. Brush each with olive oil, then scatter the remaining olives, meat and cheese on top. Return to the oven and bake until the cheese melts and the crust is golden. Rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

These were really tasty and could be filled with anything you want to fill them with. Very yummy!!!


  1. Alicia, that looks delicious. And i was just telling Richie how I'm so sick of cooking the same thing over and over....

  2. That looks really good! I think i'm going to make it:) I haven't tried the regular pizza dough from trader joes but I tried the wheat pizza dough from there and didn't like it! But the regular im sure tastes better:)

  3. I'm so glad to see you posted another recipe. This looks reallly good. Have you ever gone to Capone's for their calzones? They sorta remind me of these and they are ginormous so I don't know how someone can finish a whole one! Im definetly going to try this recipe. Thanks.