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Easy Stromboli

To say I’m addicted to Italian food is an understatement.

I probably make more Italian dishes than anything else. Making a pasta entree is just second nature at this point.

My husband and I love to make “homemade” pizzas. We utilize shortcuts for those, though, like using pre-made dough and sauce.

As much as I love Italian food, I don’t have hours on end to make pasta and dough by scratch. I’m all for taking shortcuts when you can.

Stromboli and calzones are good Italian (er, Italian-American) food you can create with plenty of shortcuts. For this stromboli recipe, I used frozen bread dough. Just look for the white bread loaves in the freezer aisle next to the Texas toast and pie crusts.

Frozen bread loaves are easy to make. You just let them rise for 4-7 hours and then knead them down into the shape you want. I did find this dough rose with a cracked crust on top. I’m not sure what caused that or if it’s something that always happens with frozen bread dough.

Other than that, the frozen dough worked perfectly for the stromboli. I stuffed mine with pepperoni, ground turkey, parmesan, mozzarella and seasonings. It baked beautifully and came out golden brown and crunchy on top but the bread with soft as silk.

Serve this stromboli with a side of marinara sauce and you’ve got a great shortcut meal.


Easy Stromboli

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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A simple stromboli recipe that uses frozen bread dough as a shortcut. Stuff with your favorite ingredients, bake and enjoy!


  • 2 loaves frozen bread dough
  • 8 oz. pepperoni
  • 8 oz. mozzarella cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 TBS. olive oil
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. parsley
  • 2 cups cooked ground beef or turkey
  • Directions

    1. Place frozen bread loaves on a greased baking sheet and cover with plastic wrap or a tea towel. Let rise in a warm place for 4-7 hours or until bread has doubled in size.
    2. On a floured surface, roll out bread dough into two large rectangles.
    3. In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, olive oil, garlic powder, oregano and parsley. Brush egg mixture on dough covering the entire surface of both doughs. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top.
    4. Lay pepperoni in an even layer on top of dough. Spoon ground turkey on top. Sprinkle mozzarella on top of turkey.
    5. Carefully roll up stromboli like a burrito, tucking in the two short ends and rolling from the long end. Place stromboli seam side down on a greased baking sheet.
    6. Brush remaining egg mixture on top of dough. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.

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