So what does my niece have to do with Stromboli? I believe it is my responsibility as a God mother to make her confirmation day special. Even though the tough economic times have hit on most of our family, I figure I can whip up a few quick Stromboli for about twenty bucks or so. Have family bring a dish, invite a few of her close friends, and give her the day she deserves. Well it maybe not that big but with that much love!
For the dough, I will purchase a three pack of white bread dough. Stuffing will include 1 lb. cooked salami, 1 lb provolone cheese, 1.5 lbs. cheap deli ham, 1 can black olives, 1 large onion, 1 8 oz. container of Parmesan cheese, hot pepper rings, and 1 lb shredded mozzarella cheese. Wal-Mart has the best deals on lunch meats and canned goods while BJ's has the best prices for cheese.
Now that the shopping is done, let's make Stromboli.
First place frozen dough in a loaf pan, and cover with clean kitchen cloth OR spray with cooking spray and cover with plastic wrap. Let dough rise for 4 to 7 Hours, until dough is 1" above pan. Actual time depends on the temperature of your kitchen. Remove the towel/plastic. Next preheat oven to 400F.
Lightly flour a clean counter surface. Push down on a risen dough, then remove from pan, and knead into a ball in your hands. Roll dough in flour so that it will not stick to surface. Flatten dough with finger tips, pushing and pulling top to bottom to make an oblong shape. Roll with a rolling pin to about 1/8" thick. Sprinkle more flour as needed if dough begins to stick. Next, sprinkle Parmesan cheese on floured surface. Flip dough on both sides, in cheese.
On half of the dough, place 1 layer of provolone cheese and then 1 layer of each meat. Top with onions, peppers, and olives. Cover with shredded mozzarella. Fold dough over the stuffing, pinch edges to seal. Some prefer to center stuffing, fold one side and roll to close. I don't use this method because I have found the dough cooks more even when using such heavy stuffing.
On the other hand, if I were using only pepperoni and cheese (which I call pepperoni bread, not stromboli) I would use the rolling method to close the dough. Make two or three small cuts in top of Stromboli to release steam. I bake these on a pizza stone, but have used a cookie sheet. Bake 25- 35 minutes, until dough is golden brown.
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