Monday, January 10, 2011

Becky’s Famous Football Party Stromboli



Here to kick off Super Bowl Season I would like to introduce our Guest Poster and my good friend, Dan.  Dan and his wife Becky live down the street from us and have been family friends for so long that we now actually consider them part of our family.  Together we have traveled to the islands of Hawaii, skied the slopes of Mammoth, brought in numerous New Year's Eves and shared special weekends simply sipping wine by the outside fire.
Being a talented cook, Becky has a few specialties that Dan will be bringing to us over the next few months.  So without further ado, I give you Dan, and Becky's Famous Football Party Stromboli!
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Move over food internet divas with your stylish recipes … we’re talking about MAN-FOOD now! Not everyone has a palate as refined as you foodies and sometimes we (men) just want some tasty and healthy grub to line our stomachs while we’re watching sports, screaming at the TV, and drinking beer. So, now that it’s peak football season, Kim, I think your food-blog-thing needs a little testosterone infusion via this serious party food.
No one can seem to recall the origin of the Stromboli recipe or for which party Becky first made it, but it is now her signature party dish. In most everyone’s opinion, it’s the perfect party food. Its compact shape allows you to eat it with one hand so that you don’t have to put your drink down, its crisp dough outer lining keeps your hands from getting greasy, and you can eat a lot of it without needing a nap by the end of 3rd quarter. The first few times she made one, it was gobbled up while still on the cutting board before it even left the kitchen. Since its somewhat low-fat and low-sodium, wives, kids, and even grandparents started asking for it, and she eventually realized it’s necessary to make 3 or 4 of them. There is hardly ever any left over, although it tastes just as good when reheated the next day. We (Becky, that is) have now started making Stromboli for kid’s parties instead of ordering pizza.

Overall, it scores a 4 of 5 on the MAN-FOOD-ometer scale. (Note that only food containing some form of alcohol can ever receive a score of 5.) It’s quick and easy to prepare and will surely get you invited back to the next party, so long as you bring more Stromboli of course. And, ladies, it will likely become your man's most requested favor -- other than maybe some special lovin’ at night and less talk afterwards during SportsCenter -- so the next time you need something heavy moved or want that new outfit, try cooking up some Stromboli and watching a football game.
Unfortunately, our beloved Chargers had a horrific year and aren't in the playoffs, but getting together with good friends, eating some Stromboli, and having a cocktail or two will no doubt help ease the pain.
Becky’s Famous Football Party Stromboli
1 – 16 ounce loaf frozen bread dough thawed.
¼ lb. Thinly sliced ham (I use black forest)
¼ lb. Sliced hard salami (pepperoni)  (I use Hormel reduced fat pepperoni)
½ teaspoon dried basil – divided
½ teaspoon dried oregano – divided
3 ounces sliced provolone cheese
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
2 Tablespoons butter or margarine melted
1 teaspoon cornmeal (optional)




Place bread dough on lightly greased baking sheet.  Pat into a 15 x 10” rectangle.  Arrange ham slices lengthwise down center; place pepperoni on top.  Sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon basil and ¼ teaspoon oregano.  Arrange provolone cheese over herbs and top with shredded mozzarella cheese.  Sprinkle with remaining herbs.  Moisten all edges of dough with water; bring each long edge of dough to center. Press edges together securely to seal.  Seal ends.
Meats receiving a sprinkle of spices before the cheese layer - notice the observer in the upper right!
Bringing edges of dough to the center
Seam half way pressed and sealed
Inverted, seam side down for baking
Occasionally cheese will ooze out if the seam is not completely sealed...
Becky, Stromboli Maker Extraordinaire!
Brush dough with 1 Tablespoon butter; sprinkle with cornmeal and carefully invert so that the seam side is down.  Brush top with remaining butter.  Bake at 375 degrees for 20-22 minutes or until browned.

Remove from oven and place on a cutting board.  Cut horizontally into slices with a serrated (bread) knife.  For smaller portions, first cut vertically down the center, them into horizontal slices.


Yield 12-15 appetizer servings (up to 24 when cut for smaller portions).

Becky's Notes:  For best results, thaw bread dough the night before in your refrigerator.  I use Hormel reduced fat pepperoni vs. salami.  I find that the salami makes the Stromboli really greasy.
 

78 comments:

  1. Oh my that stromboli looks sooooo incredible. I would love to pick up the whole thing and take a giant bite. Mmmmm. I'll have to try making a veggie version of your recipe (not much of a meat eater), it sounds delicious! :)

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  2. I am sooo bookmarking this! YUM!!!

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  3. Oh wow! I love hearty sandwiches like this- my husband loves them even more than I do. I was sold at Stromboli, but that gooey cheese puts it over the top good! Can't wait to try it!

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  4. Oh yum!! This looks absolutely fabulous. I love man-food, too! Will have to try this even if I am not watching a game! :D Great post, Dan and thanks for sharing, Becky!

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  5. Yay for stromboli! Great recipe and super tasty for a football party!

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  6. Wow this looks amazing! Can't wait to give this a try! This is something my whole family will enjoy!

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  7. WOW. I can see why this rates a 4 out of 5 on the man-food scale! So savory and mouth watering and delicious! This is one I must try especially with all the bread dough I have lieing around these days! Thank you for introducing us to Becky and Dan!

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  8. Love the simplicity and the bang for the buck. The two things that never sit on the table at a party where booze is served are bread and meat. Definitely a winner!

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  9. This looks amazing! I love stromboli. I would probably use some capicola and mortadella in mine for an Italian kick. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. LOL This is the traditional Christmas day meal for my family. This recipe was also a family secret, guess not anymore :) We all love it too.

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  11. Great guest post, Kim, and I don't think this stromboli is just for football-loving guys and galls. I'd devour this myself! :-)

    Have a great week. :-)

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  12. Yum! I made these New Year's Day with just pepperoni & provolone. Tasty stuff!!!

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  13. You have to love a MAN-FOOD-ometer scale, especially when it only rates foods containing alcohol. I can imagine this filled with all sorts of goodies.

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  14. We usually make a giant Italian hoagie but this looks like such a great change of pace!

    Go Steelers!!!!!!!!!!

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  15. Noe I need a napkin to wipe the drool off my computer! awesome photo;s!

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  16. I'm literally drooling all over my keyboard right now... this looks absolutely delicious! I can't wait to surprise my husband with this; I know he will love it!

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  17. Sweet! This looks amazingly awesome! Becky is awesome! I think I will need to make 2 of these...one for the teenager and one for hubby and me!

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  18. I'm not a football fan, but this would be great for other kinds of gatherings!

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  19. You are so blessed to have such wonderful neighbors that are your good friends, and like part of your family.

    We are truly blessed as well here, Lora has mentioned that on her blog!
    The stromboli in incredibly delicious with the bread dough, and the filling with the cheese just oozing, is too much!!! So insanely amazing!

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  20. I want to have a party just to serve this! Awesome!

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  21. Oh my goodness! I'm drooling ... I want that stromboli! Awesome neighbors! :)

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  22. "Oh yeah! Men's food!" This is my husband, standing behind my back, drooling at the screen, and screaming 'cause wants one now! He couldn't care less about football (thank God my hubby is not into sports), nor beer actually but he is asking for this like...right now! Great job Becky and great post Dan.

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  23. This will be great to roll out while watching my Seahawks kick so more ass!! :) Suh-weet.

    www.vincentbakery.wordpress.com

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  24. OMGosh, that gooey cheese just sold me!!! What wonderful football or anytime food!

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  25. Well. since my name is Becky I have to make this! I like the healthy additions to the recipe. I know what I'm making for the Super Bowl part, when I watch the Chicago Bears. A little optomistic for sure, but at least they are in the playoffs:)

    Great post Dan! Thank you Becky for the recipe! and thank you Kim, for such a guest blogger.

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  26. looks super delicious- i gotta try this with veggies! thanx for sharing..

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  27. That looks seriously delicious! I love football foods they are always so awesome!

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  28. Oh man! I know what I want for lunch! Yummy! :)

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  29. wow, looks amazing and delicious!

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  30. This looks fantastic! All that cheesy goodness...I'm definitely going to make it!

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  31. I have now officially run out of ways to say congratulations on your top 9s.

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  32. Wow, I haven't had a stromboli in years, and now, I have an immense craving. That is all sorts of gorgeousness, and if enjoying one means I have to sit (and suffer...as I am admittedly, not a huge fan) through a football game, well, I definitely would!

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  33. Awesome! Well done:) Seriously, this looks amazing. The cheese....the pics......the cheese.....and the pics. It's pulling me in to devour. Yum!

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  34. That ain't man-food, that's EVERYBODY food! I am hungry right now and boy I could go for a slice of that. Great guest post!

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  35. What a perfect snack for football or anytime! I love stromboli's....and Carolyn is right its not just man food, we serve them at the MOunt and my girls love stromboli's!
    thanks for a great guest post!
    Dennis

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  36. Just a great recipe!!! Great food, I am sure it tastes great, and great simple recipe!! The combo is always a plus!!!

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  37. Kim- congratulations on another Top 9 of the day!

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  38. This looks fabulous! Congrats on Top 9 (I just buzzed it). :)

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  39. Wow, that looks so AMAZING!! I have been a little skeptical about frozen premade doughs..but not anymore. I am officially following you...http://angiesbigloveoffood.blogspot.com/

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  40. I would have thought that trhis was WAY more complicated! YUMMMMM! I want to eat this!!!

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  41. Yum! That is my first thought when I look at this blog. Love anything with delicious, cheesy goodness:) Congrats on the top 9!
    Take care,
    Terra
    www.cafeterrablog.com

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  42. Wow, that is a serious stromboli. Looks so delicious. Perfect for football season. Thanks for the idea!!

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  43. Bookmark, bookmark, bookmark! This is PERFECT football food. I'm making this next weekend when the Bears pound the Packers! Thank for the guest post and for the amazing recipe.

    PS: Sorry about the Chargers. I hope next season is better.

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  44. I'm saving this one too! I have a recipe, but it takes a lot longer, I like this one uses frozen bread dough. Can't wait for the big game so we can try this one out! Nice job Becky & Dan!
    -Gina-

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  45. Wish I'd seen this a long time ago, but now, as I'm sitting at work, I'm wishing I would've waited a few more hours, I'm starving and I want one, lol!!

    Have you (or has anyone) ever tried making a stromboli using chicken or turkey instead of ham or salami etc? Sliced chicken breast, spinach and cheese or something like that? Would it go over well?

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  46. Sean, we have only had Becky's Stromboli one way, just as written! However, I don't know why any of those ingredients that you mentioned wouldn't work. A friend of mine was recently researching other recipes and found one from Emeril with sun dried tomatoes and olives. I think it would all be good! Have fun, experiment, and we'd love it if you let us know how it all works out!

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  47. Ha! Awesome and easy-There's my snack for Saturday's Syracuse basketball game- thank you.

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  48. Tout ici est incroyable! Vraiment!! Trois etoiles!!!....Michelin. Vraiment.

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  49. Where do you find the frozen bread dough? I looked at Ralphs and could not find it. I ended up buying Pillsbury french bread dough, but I'm not sure if I will be abe to shape it into a flat rectangle. Is the frozen bread dough already flat?

    Thanks!

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  50. Shelle, I called Becky, and she says she gets her frozen dough at our local Vons (Safeway). She finds it in the section where you would find frozen garlic breads and such. However, she did say that on occasion the stores are sold out! Keep trying!! We talked about pizza and French Bread dough and while we haven't used it, it just may work. Let us know if you try it!

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  51. Thanks for the info! And if you make the bacon apple tart let me know what you think of it!

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  52. This is my first time on your blog and I think it's awesome! I'll be back more often! :)

    I plan on making this Stromboli soon! :) Thanks for sharing...

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  53. I saw this two nights ago and I am making it TONIGHT SO EXCITED thanks SO much for posting this cant wait to om nom nom

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  54. My husband and I made this tonight for dinner after finding your link on Pinterest. It was amazing!!! The only thing I changed up was to add a small amount of garlic powder to the melted butter for brushing on the top. I also served it with a side of Hidden Valley ranch dressing (the mix in the envelope) for dipping and it was delicious! Thank you so much for the recipe!

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  55. Lacy, thank you for taking the time to let us know how you like the stromboli! It's a classic favorite in our neighborhood! I'm so glad you liked it! I forwarded your comment to Becky.

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  56. this looks so yummy. I'm afraid to make it for the super bowl because my guests may never leave. thanks for sharing.

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  57. I can't believe someone else said this is their traditional Christmas day dinner! It's ours, too!!! We go to a local pizza shop and buy dough from them...sooooo good that way. A Large dough will make two strombolis (and as our family grows we need more and more...we're up to 4 strombolis). We brush our dough with egg and sprinkle with oregano, then add pepperoni, sliced provolone, hard salami, shredded swiss, chipped ham, some dots of yellow mustard (yes, this is CRUCIAL to flavoring the meat) and shredded mozzarella. We fold it up, flip it, brush the top with egg and oregano and bake it. Yum!!!!! :)

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  58. Love this-Making it tonight for a Cabin Fever party!

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  59. I made this over the weekend and it was perfect! We loved it, this is my go-to recipe for Stromboli from here on out! I was thinking about making extras and freezing them for a quick weeknight dinner. This is also an easy and delicious idea for bringing a meal to new mothers. Thanks for the recipe!

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  60. Wonderful! I used Pillsbury thin crust pizza, added onion and served with italian dressing. Next time I will add banana peppers and parm cheese!

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  61. Can I use a canned pizza crust instead of getting bread dough? How would that change the outcome of it? I apologize if this has already been addressed! There are too many comments for me to read through each one right now ;)

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  62. @lovfam6 I have an email in to the expert! Will let you know when Becky responds. But in my non-expert opinion, I think it would work!

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  63. @lovfam6... just heard back from our stromboli expert, Becky! Here is her response:
    "I’ve never tried it. I would assume you would get a similar outcome but I don’t think pizza dough is as thick (or maybe as much dough) as bread dough so you may have less breadiness (if that’s a word). Have her try it out and let us know!"
    Let us know if you try!!

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  64. made this tonight and was a hit! VERY yummy, I did have a hard time finding the dough but finally settled on a can of pizza dough and worked like a charm!

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  65. I used the canned pizza crust and it turned out to be perfect. This will be a staple for a new family. Thanks so much for the ideas.

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  66. For anybody who wonders how good this stromboli is: My brother is a tax accountant, and he sent me a text last week and asked that I make this for him on April 16--the day after tax day. He said that looking forward to stromboli was about all he could think of that would help him make it through the last week. It is in the oven, now.

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  67. Thank you, thank you, thank you for the comment!! I've spent a season or two behind the computer myself and I fully understand how he feels. You made our day!!! Glad he made it through another season. Enjoy!!!

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  68. This looks so yummy! I would love a slice and an ice cold beer!

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  69. Making this for OSU game Saturday. Does anyone know if this can this be assembled the night before and then cooked day of game?

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    1. I've sent an email to Becky, but I think you can. Will confirm later tonight or tomorrow. She makes them ahead of time when she brings them to our house, but that's usually just a few hours. Will keep you posted!

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    2. Becky just responded and say yep... that's absolutely fine!! Enjoy!! Send us a pic if you get a chance!!

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  70. Go to local grocery store and go to bakery and ask for fresh Italian dough, boy does it taste awesome. Just let the dough rest on counter for 25 mins. before you start, if you like warm Italian bread this is the way to go. I could of ate that whole loaf, thank you to my daughter in law for the invite to share her wonderful meal.

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