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This Easy Stromboli Recipe will become an instant hit with your family! Perfect for those busy nights when you’re tempted to hit the drive-thru. Versatile enough that you can keep changing it up!

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Learn how to make stromboli this simple recipe. Start with a already prepared pizza crust and add your favorite toppings for a quick and easy pizza recipe.

My kids love pizza and this is one of their favorite ways to make it. If your family is anything like mine, they will also love these Pizza Pockets. This is a perfect and easy lunch recipes.

What’s in a Stromboli?

Basically, stromboli is a combination of cheeses and meats that are rolled inside dough and then baked.  It doesn’t matter what combination of meats and cheeses you use, that is all up to you.

They’re closely related to the calzone, in that they both contain a combination of meats and cheeses and are surrounded by dough. A calzone is more of a turnover style (think pizza folded in half, then sealed), where stromboli is rolled and then sliced.

Traditionally, stromboli uses either a French bread dough or a homemade pizza dough. Either of those options work perfectly and are similar in taste and texture. Use whatever you have on hand or are able to get easily. It doesn’t need to be complicated.

To keep this recipe easy, we’re going to use a store-bought refrigerated bread or pizza dough as the base. If you have a homemade version that you prefer, feel free to use it in this recipe instead.

Ingredients

Stromboli ingredients - dough, butter, garlic salt, provolone cheese, ham, pepperoni, salami, mozzarella cheese, sauce
  • Store-bought Dough
  • Butter, melted
  • Garlic Salt
  • Provolone Cheese
  • Shaved Ham
  • Large Pepperoni
  • Hard Salami
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Marinara Sauce or Ranch Dressing, for dipping

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Variations Ideas

  • Change the Meat – Feel free to change this easy recipe to any type of stromboli you like. If you prefer turkey over ham, it will work just as well. You can also use a combination of pepperoni and sausage for the meat.
  • Change the Cheese – Not a fan of Swiss cheese? No problem, use Turkey and Pepper-Jack or Ham and Pepper-Jack.
  • Make A Pizza – Roll the dough out and Start by brushing the pizza crust with approximately ½ cup of pizza sauce (marinara sauce works, too!)  and sprinkle with Italian seasoning and garlic powder. Then add your favorite toppings.
  • Add Veggies – You can also add in some diced bell pepper, onions and black olives for a supreme stromboli. 
  • Pepperoni Variations – Instead of using pepperoni, you could also use ham or Canadian bacon. Ground beef is also a good replacement for sausage.

Step by Step Instructions

  • Step 1 – Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare the 9×13 (or larger) baking sheet with nonstick spray.
Rolling the dough out on the baking sheet

Step 2 – Roll out pizza dough on the baking sheet. Gently push out toward edges till the dough is a rectangle shape. You may need to use a rolling pin.

Topping the dough with melted butter

Step 3 – In a small bowl mix melted butter with garlic salt until combined. Brush half of the butter mixture evenly over pizza dough.

Adding the topping to the dough

Step 4 – Layer meat and cheeses in order listed onto dough, slightly overlapping each piece, ending with Mozzarella slices. Place on the dough leaving 1 inch edge around the meat and cheese.

Rolling the dough with the toppings

Step 5 – Along the long edge gently begin rolling dough into a log, careful not to tear the dough. Pinch the edges together to seal the dough.

Brushing the rolled dough with melted butter

Step 6 – Brush remaining butter mixture across top of dough and sprinkle with extra garlic salt, if desired.

Cutting slices into the stromboli

Step 6 – Make 4 diagonal slits on top of dough to let the steam escape.

  • Step 7 – Bake for 20 minutes until golden brown and bubbly.
  • Step 8 – Remove from the oven and let the stromboli cool for 5 minutes before slicing with sauces and enjoy topped with parmesan cheese.

Recipe Tips

  • Adding Toppings – Make sure to not add to much topping that you can’t fold the pizza dough.
  • Folding the Crust – Fold the crust and place on the parchment paper lined baking sheet seam side down.
Dipping the stromboli with sauce

Serving Suggestions

If you’re looking for simple side dishes to serve with stromboli to make it stretch a little further, I recommend a quick side salad,  Italian pasta salad, Cucumber Onion Salad, or even these Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts.

Close up image of stromboli sliced

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you keep a Stromboli from getting Soggy?

If you’re worried about the dough getting soggy or just prefer a crispier outside you can brush the dough with a simple egg wash. After you’ve assembled your stromboli, before you cut the slits, simply beat together one egg and 1 Tablespoon of water. Then brush the egg wash mixture all over the outside of the dough, then cut the slits and bake as normal.

How to Freeze

Stromboli would be super easy to freeze. You can make several all at once using an assembly line type setup. After assembling them, bake and cook like normal. Then cut and freeze on a cookie sheet and place in a freezer bag frozen.

How to Reheat

When you’re ready to eat them, pull out how many you need. So if you only need two you can just pull out two. Reheat in the microwave for an easy lunch or after school snack idea!

How to Store Leftovers

Store leftover stromboli in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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Easy Stromboli Recipe

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This Easy Stromboli Recipe will become an instant hit with your family! Perfect for busy nights and versatile enough that you can keep changing it up!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8
Cuisine Italian
Course Main Course
Calories 382

Ingredients

  • 1 can refrigerated pizza dough
  • 4 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 10 slices provolone cheese
  • 8 slices shaved ham
  • 10 slices large pepperoni
  • 10 slices hard salami
  • 6 slices Mozzarella cheese
  • Marinara Sauce or Ranch Dressing for dipping 

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and prepare the 9×13 (or larger) baking sheet with nonstick spray.
  • Roll out pizza dough on the baking sheet. Gently push out toward edges till the dough is a rectangle shape.
  • In a small bowl mix melted butter with garlic salt until combined.
  • Brush half of the butter mixture evenly over pizza dough.
  • Layer meat and cheeses in order listed onto dough, slightly overlapping each piece, ending with Mozzarella slices. Leave a 1 inch edge of dough around the meat and cheese.
  • Along the long edge gently begin rolling dough into a log, careful not to tear the dough. Pinch the edges together to seal the dough.
  • Brush remaining butter mixture across top of dough and sprinkle with extra garlic salt, if desired.
  • Make 4 diagonal slits on top of dough to let the steam escape.
  • Bake for 20 minutes until golden brown and bubbly.
  • Remove from the oven and let the stromboli rest for 5 minutes. Slice, serve with sauces and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

If the stromboli is browning too quickly as it bakes, cover with a sheet of tin foil while it cooks. 
Fresh chopped parsley and pepper flakes can be sprinkled over the top before serving.
Substitute any meat and cheese combo you desire.
If you would like a darker crust, brush a beaten egg over dough before baking.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 382kcal, Carbohydrates 24g, Protein 19g, Fat 23g, Saturated Fat 12g, Polyunsaturated Fat 2g, Monounsaturated Fat 8g, Trans Fat 0.3g, Cholesterol 61mg, Sodium 1347mg, Potassium 165mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 3g, Vitamin A 389IU, Calcium 189mg, Iron 2mg

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