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Scott Phillips

Yield: Yields one 14-inch stromboli

Servings: four.

Putting tomato sauce inside a stromboli tends to keep the inner dough from cooking, so I serve it on the side for dipping instead. This recipe only uses a half-batch of the basic pizza dough; you can freeze the leftover dough or double this recipe to make two stromboli.

Ingredients

  • 1 recipe Pizza Dough, refrigerated for at least 8 hours 
  • Unbleached bread flour or semolina flour, for dusting
  • 1 heaping cup grated low-moisture mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup filling  (see choices at right)
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing
  • No-Cook Pizza Sauce, heated, for dipping

Preparation

Shape and fill the stromboli:

  • Take the dough out of the refrigerator. Divide the dough in half and return one piece to the refrigerator (or freeze it as directed in the dough recipe).  Dust a work surface lightly with flour or semolina and transfer the other piece of dough to the work surface. Dust the dough with flour and press it into a rectangle with your fingertips. Roll the dough into a larger rectangle, working from the center of the dough to each of the four corners and then to each of the four sides to even out the rectangle, until it is 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. It should be approximately 11 inches long and 14 inches wide, with the wide side facing you. Use more dusting flour as needed. Cover the surface of a dough rectangle with the mozzarella and other filling (or fillings), leaving a 1-inch border. Tightly and evenly roll the stromboli from the bottom to the top, pinching the seam tightly closed with fingers or thumbs. Also pinch the two ends closed and tuck them under the loaf. Carefully lift the long loaf and put it seam side down on a baking sheet lined with parchment. Brush the top of the loaf with olive oil and loosely cover the pan with plastic wrap.
  • Leave the loaf at room temperature for about 1-1/2 hours. The dough won’t rise very much but will just be showing signs of expansion by the time it’s ready to be baked.

Bake the stromboli:

  • Heat the oven to 400ºF (350ºF if using convection). When ready to bake, brush the dough again with olive oil and cut three or four steam vents crosswise into the stromboli with a sharp paring knife, cutting all the way down through the filling to release any air pockets. Bake until the crust turns a rich golden brown, 20 to 30 minutes, rotating the pan after the first 10 minutes for even baking. Let cool for at least 5 minutes before slicing and serving with the heated tomato sauce on the side for dipping.

Substitute another soft melting cheese for the mozzarella, such as Monterey Jack, provolone, Gouda, smoked mozzarella, or smoked Gouda.

Tip

Filling ideas: Use one or more of the following (1 cup total)

  • Chopped, cooked bacon
  • Crumbled, cooked sausage
  • Sliced ham
  • Sliced salami
  • Sautéed fresh or thawed frozen spinach (squeeze out excess water)
  • Sautéed small-diced onions
  • Chopped, parcooked broccoli
  • Sautéed or roasted garlic
  • Chopped olives or capers

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  • whoadammitranch | 02/01/2015

    This turned out perfectly, following the directions as given. Used half mozzarella and half smoked Gouda. I made this for a Super Bowl party and it was loved by all.

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