Stromboli

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Pizza, in all its shapes and forms is always a welcome dish at our table. This blog has inspired me to experiment with pizza recipes. I’ve done freshly made dough, tested various toppings and have even tried grilling it. I’ve gotten so crafty that I realize I have skipped some very foundational pizza recipes. Here we have a Stromboli. It is easy and quick to make, and just as importantly, it is delicious. I chose to stuff this one with pepperoni and salami as the original recipe suggested, but obviously you can stuff it with whatever you like. I think next time I will attempt a spinach and artichoke variation with white sauce. This works well as a weeknight recipe if you use store-bought dough like I did. I was pretty impressed that it took at most 30 minutes to make this beautiful Stromboli. I will strongly suggest that if you are cooking for more than three people it would be wise to double the recipe. If you have little ones this is a fun recipe to get them involved in the kitchen. They can put the toppings on and even help you roll the Stromboli if you are brave. As always, I want to give credit to the original source of this recipe. I found this recipe at http://www.therecipecritic.com . I did make some variations to the original recipe, but I do recommend looking at the original to see if it fits your tastes better than my adaptation.

 

Makes: 1 Stromboli; approx. 6 servings

Calories: 387 per serving (keep in mind this is with the exact ingredients I used, and will change if you use different ingredients.)

Time: 30 total minutes -10 minutes prep; 20 minutes cooking

Ingredients:

  • 1 refrigerated thin crust pizza dough
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 (14 oz) jar pizza sauce, about 1/2 cup for the Stromboli and the rest for dipping
  • 1 (3oz) package of dry Italian sausage
  • 1 (3oz) package of sliced pepperoni
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Parmesan cheese to taste, I only used a light sprinkling
  • 1 egg beaten
  • Garlic powder to taste, I only used a light sprinkling
  • Italian seasoning to taste, I only used a light sprinkling

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Sprinkle your working surface with flour and stretch out your pizza dough.
  3. Spread pizza sauce over the dough being careful not to get too close to the edges. When you roll the Stromboli it will be messy if you have sauce oozing out of the edges. You will not use the entire jar
  4. Sprinkle 1.5 cups of mozzarella over the sauce followed by a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese to your personal taste. Once cheese is laid start placing the pepperoni and salami.
  5. Roll the Stromboli length wise being careful not to tear the dough. Pinch the ends and place on a baking stone or cookie sheet seam side down.
  6. Brush the beaten egg over the top of the Stromboli, then slice a few little vents on the top. Distribute the remaining mozzarella cheese on top and finally sprinkle the garlic powder and Italian seasoning over the top (to taste).
  7. Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Let sit for a few minutes before slicing as it will be piping hot.
  9. Enjoy with the remaining pizza sauce for dipping!

*The photo is an original belonging to me

**Original recipe adapted from http://www.therecipecritic.com

 

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Pizza Casserole – ★★★★★

ImageThis recipe is everything I look for in a weeknight dinner. The recipe is simple so it is hard to screw up. It only requires a handful of ingredients which is nice on the wallet. It only takes  40 minutes tops to prepare including prep time which is perfect for those hectic nights that you have a million things going on. Lastly, we gave it 5 tars which means everyone’s tummies were full of a delicious dinner so we went to bed happy. Here is why Perry thinks this dish is deserving of 5 stars:

“Kelsey has been under the weather so I asked her what she wanted me to order for dinner. She refused to let me order in and I think it is because she wanted an excuse to get out of bed. She whipped up this casserole in under an hour and it was delicious. The bisquick is fluffy and sopped up the pizza sauce perfectly making each bite very flavorful.  I was expecting to have to wash a lot of dishes after dinner (Kels is a messy cook) but there was hardly any mess. All around I think this dinner should have full stars for how fast, easy, tasty, and hassle free it is.”

Serves: 8          Calories: 470          Time: 35 minutes      Carbs: approx. 8 grams

Ingredients:

  • 2 pouches (7.5 oz each) Bisquick® Complete buttermilk biscuit mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 jar (14 oz) pizza sauce
  • 1package (8 oz) sliced pepperoni
  • 2cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 oz)

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 375°F.
  2. Spray 13×9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray.
  3. In medium bowl, stir Bisquick mix and water until soft dough forms.
  4. Drop half of dough by spoonfuls evenly in bottom of baking dish (dough will not completely cover bottom of dish. Just drop dumplings of biscuit batter. Do not spread to cover bottom of dish completely. The dough will rise and spread as it cooks).
  5. Drizzle about 1 cup pizza sauce over dough. Arrange 1/2 of the pepperoni slices evenly over sauce. Top with 1 cup of the cheese. Repeat layers with remaining dough, pizza sauce, pepperoni and cheese.
  6. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. Cut into squares to serve.
  8. Enjoy!

*Original recipe belongs to http://www.BettyCrocker.com

*Photo is an original belonging to me