Thursday, January 19, 2012

Stromboli - The Kids New Favorite

Friday night around here is traditionally "Family Night" and that usually means that I whip up some pizza dough and the kids help me make homemade pizza. It also means that things go at a slower pace. The night might include a movie, some board games, or just wrestling around together. Last week, I decided to try out a new recipe I saw for Stromboli. It's supposed to be fantastic for freezing!! It turned out better than I had hoped - the kids LOVED it! My oldest son even asked if we could have it again the next night.

Instead of the regular recipe, we ended up making individual Stombolis (more like calzones really), but since I'm not Italian, I'm sure everyone will forgive me. Whatever you call them, they were YUMMY!!

We used:

Calzone Dough made in the breadmaker (recipe at the bottom) - If you don't have a breadmaker, you can also use 1 loaf of frozen bread dough, thawed and slightly risen

4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
dried oregano
dried basil
garlic powder
1 egg, beaten slightly

Pizza toppings: (We obviously used what we had on hand, but you could use any)
Green and Red Peppers
Red Onion

I took the dough straight from the breadmaker and split it into 3 sections. We rolled out the dough into rectangular shapes. Then, the boys had fun filling their dough with the pizza toppings of their choice. We sprinkled the cheese over the toppings, and then sprinkled with oregano, basil, and garlic powder to taste. Roll the dough into a log and seal all edges. (Be really careful about this. I sealed all of them except mine and my toppings leaked out a bit! It was still delicious, though!!) Place seam-side down on a greased cookie sheet. Brush with beaten egg and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes (depending on the size of your strombolis). Serve with heated marinara sauce.

If freezing: Allow to cool completely on wire rack. Wrap in plastic wrap, then foil, and freeze. When serving: thaw completely. Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
Calzone Dough Recipe for the Breadmaker:
1 cup water
1 Tablespoon olive oil
2 1/2 cups bread flour
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 teaspoons yeast

Place all ingredients in bread pan in the order listed.  Select White Dough Cycle.

This also makes fabulous leftovers :)

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  1. I made this tonight, and it was a huge hit! All of us downed every last bite, and I included a ton of veggies. Thanks for the wonderful recipe! I'm a new follower. I found you on I Can Teach My Child. :)

    1. I'm so glad they liked it Allison! My boys actually requested this for dinner tonight :) I love when dinner can make everyone happy!!

  2. I can't wait to try this. I love that you can make the dough in the bread machine!

    1. Janet, I am a huge fan of the bread machine! I find it helps me keep the freezer stocked with pizza dough and my husband's craving for cinnamon raisin bread under control :)