Stromboli is a rolled backed sandwich. It is THE perfect food for making and serving to crowds. I made three of these for Super Bowl Sunday and they were inhaled in moments. Honestly. I walked around the kitchen for a few minutes looking for the rest of them before realizing that they had been eaten already.
You will need:
rolling pin (for rolling the dough, obviously, right?)
First, you need some dough. You can make your own dough, it is very easy. Or you can buy premade pizza dough from your grocery store or pizza place. Yes, they often sell the dough balls.
You are going to bring the dough home and let it rise until it roughly doubles in size. Then you will punch it down and roll it out.
I have a little rolling pin secret for you. Though maybe it isn’t as big of a secret to people who actually cook. But since I like to keep things on the Susan Scale, I’ll tell you anyway. When using your rolling pin, only go in one direction. Don’t go back and forth, back and forth. I don’t know exactly WHY it works better this way, just that it does. Maybe the dough gets confused.
Roll it out in roughly a rectangular shape.
Spread the sauce on the dough. Use less than you think you need. Much less. Too much sauce makes soggy, leaky stromboli and that is not good.
Sprinkle on your sausage or topping of choice.
Next the cheese!
Then you will begin to carefully roll your dough up. Carefully being the key word in this sentence.
Fold the edges in.
Ohhhh, what a thing of beauty.
But just to keep it real, I will show you what the second one I made looked like. Isn’t that so sad looking? I tried my best to fix it and thought it might hold okay.
But lo, it burst another hole on the bottom. I think the problem was that I rolled the dough for this one a little too thin. It still was perfectly edible and, according to my children, delicious. It just doesn’t look company ready.
Cook at 350 for about 30 minutes, or until it turnd a golden brown and feels hollowish when you tap it.
Let cool slightly and slice. Then step back lest you lose an arm in the eating frenzy.