Italian Stromboli

Italian Stromboli!!!



So easy to make and so good!

This recipe was adapted from a friend of mine who owned a small Italian restaurant.

Unfortunately, they are not in business anymore.

However, she was the real deal…if you know what I mean.

She made the best Calzones and Stromboli …and they are basically the same, although some Italians might disagree with me. πŸ™‚

In fact a Stromboli is simply a pizza rolled into a cylinder. 


Ingredients are your choice….


Place the dough on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper and sprinkled with corn meal….I also added a little Italian Seasonings….your choice.



Yep….it is.  So you can add any toppings of your choice. Above is hard salami.


Added a little thin sliced honey ham….


Now some mozzarella cheese….your call as to how much! ;0

Red peppers,, green peppers, hot peppers, Italian sausage, pepperoni…just what ever your little ole’ heart desires! 


Roll it like a jelly roll….sprinkle with parsley, Parmesan cheese or nothing at all…..and pop it in the oven!


Below is a recipe that can be made with a prepared pizza dough…either from your favorite pizza shop (yes, they will usually sell you their pizza dough) or you can purchase prepared pizza dough at your supermarket.  OR…you can make your own dough.  


Dough can be as thick or as thin as you want it….slice it as thin or as thick as you want it….see how simple this is?

I have a Home Made Pizza Dough recipe if you would like to use it instead of purchasing one already made.  click on the below link for that recipe:

Home Made Pizza Dough


However, you make your stromboli…add a garden salad, a glass of wine and sit back and eat at your leisure….literally drawing out the eating experience for a  couple hours…just as they do in Italy.

And why not? πŸ˜‰

Just sayin’







Italian Stromboli
I can just smell it fresh bread with salami and ham and cheese just oozing in the middle of this roll. The grated Parmesan over the top is the topping on the to speak! Add a glass of wine and garden salad to an outdoor setting and sit back and smell the roses....;) (or in this case the aroma of home made pizza bread!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
  1. 1/2 lb of pizza dough (I like to buy it already made in the bread department)
  2. 1/2 cup pizza sauce (you can buy it already made or make it yourself)
  3. 1 1/2 cups grated Mozzarella cheese
  4. 6 slices hard salami
  5. 4 slices deli honey ham
  6. 1 egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon of water to make an egg wash
  7. Dried parsley
  8. Parmesan cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees while laying parchment paper on a cookie sheet.(lightly sprayed with cooking spray and lightly dusted with cornmeal)
  2. Place the dough on the parchment paper and roll dough into a 10X16 rectangle
  3. Spread pizza sauce over about 2/3rds of the dough, leaving an inch where the sauce starts
  4. Add half the grated cheese, salami and ham to the top of the sauce. Add the remaining cheese to the top.
  5. Brush the plain strip of dough (without the sauce mixture) and the inch around the sauce...with the egg wash to allow the dough to stick to itself.
  6. Start to roll, like a jelly roll, tucking in the edges... adding more egg wash if needed.
  7. When finished with the roll, pinch the top together and turn the roll over
  8. Brush the entire roll with the egg wash and cut a few slits about every 2 inches (be careful it might open more than you would like while it is baking)
  9. Bake for about 10 minutes until top is starting to brown and crisp
  10. Sprinkle parsley and finely grated Parmesan cheese over the top and bake about 10 minutes more or until golden brown Remove from oven, cool and slice into pieces.
  11. Serve with more pizza sauce if desired.
  1. This is where using parchment paper is really handy because you can pick it up to help roll the dough. The cornmeal also helps and I think it gives the Stromboli an additional crunch.
  2. This is sooooo yummy!
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6 Responses to “Italian Stromboli”

  1. Donna Childs says:

    Somebody at one of our potlucks made Stromboli (an island to which I have visited). I think it was Phyllis or Melody. Out of this world delicious. I think I’ll do that instead of pizza next time I’m in the mood. I let the bread machine make my dough mostly because I’m out here in the farmland and there isn’t a grocery nearby.

  2. Kari says:

    Donna, I love my bread machine as it saves me time and energy….I must have missed the Stromboli potluck.

    This recipe is so easy, it is one that can be adapted for calzones as well.

    I have never been to Stromboli, perhaps that should be on my bucket list.:)

    Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Rossana says:

    I have to put my hands up and say… as an Italian (across the pond)… I’ve never had Stromboli (or heard of it)…

    So I had to Google it… not sure I’d survive now without Google…

    “Origins…There are several claims regarding the origin of using the name stromboli for food in the United States.

    One is that the stromboli sandwich was invented in 1954 by Mike Aquino at Mike’s Burger Royal in Spokane, Washington. Aquino says he named the sandwich after the movie. Stromboli

    Another claim is that Romano’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria originated it in 1950 in Essington, Tinicum Township, just outside of Philadelphia, by Nazzareno Romano. According to Romano, a friend suggested he name it after the then recently released movie, Stromboli”

    Ironically, unless you have other hidden talents Kari that you are keeping quiet about, the Stromboli volcano is active again and oozing its lava into the sea…

    I will be clipping the recipe to try though πŸ™‚
    hugs Ross x

  4. Kari says:

    Ha Ha Ross…

    I didn’t know you were Italian!

    Italy has so many claims to fame, things that are supposed to be Italian…(other than the Italian Stallion,I do think he was real???)

    Spaghetti lays claim to Italian roots through Marco Polo. (I always thought that was a game we played in the pool) haha But alas, the Chinese claimed spaghetti long before any of the Italian restaurants touted it from their menu. ;(

    It looks like Philadelphia is laying claim to a lot of foods too.

    the Philly Sandwich (probably true)
    Sandwiches or hamburgers…hmmmmm don’t know about that,the Earl of Sandwich might have a bigger claim.
    and Buffalo Wild Wings which the city of Buffalo, NY disputes.

    One thing for sure, Philadelphia has the Liberty Bell and a statue of Rocky! (I think)

    hmmmmm. Mt. Stromboli, Aeolian Islands, Italy has been in almost continuous eruption for the past 2,000 years. Is it a revolt of some sort? just kidding! ;0

    According to the movie reviews…The 1950 movie, “Stromboli” tells of the tragedy of a woman named Karin, a Lithuanian refugee after WWII and her pursuit of a better life marrying an Italian peasant and moving down with him to his birthplace, a volcanic island off the coast of southern Italy.It starred Ingrid Bergman who was married to the director, Roberto Rossellini.

    Thanks for stopping by…you’ve given me food for thought, altho I would rather eat it than think about it! πŸ™‚

    The stromboli I mean….:)

    A rose by any other name would still be a rose?
    Or a rose is a rose is a rose…

    Me πŸ˜‰

    • Rossana says:

      I was expecting the “Stromboli” to be a regional Italian dish…

      I love your reference to the Earl of Sandwich πŸ™‚

      Did you know that Spaghetti grew on trees too! (very famous April Fools Day joke in 1957 )

      Haven’t seen the film – but refugees marrying for a better life is as old as history itself it would seem..

      Have you ever read Bill Bryson’s “Made in America”? I bought it ages ago when I saw the woman sitting next to me on a long haul flight laughing with enjoyment.. I discovered so many things are “Made in America”…

      Hugs from across the pond…

  5. Kari says:

    No, Ross…. I haven’t read that book but I have definitely heard about it…I will put it on my must read list!

    There is a television program on the Travel channel titled “Made in America” and it is very interesting and fun to watch.:) It is hosted by John Ratzenberger who was a regular on the “Cheers” sitcom.

    There is also a program on the Science channel that is titled “How it’s Made” and that is really fascinating!

    Thanks for your inputs….
    see you soon

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