Savory stromboli will score a touchdown at your Super Bowl spread

  • Tue Jan 31st, 2012 9:36am
  • Life

By Alison Ladman Associated Press

A stromboli is kind of a cross between a submarine sandwich and a calzone. Bread dough is rolled out, filled with sliced meats, cheeses and vegetables, then rolled up into a tube and baked.

To serve, stromboli are simply sliced like a loaf of bread, creating a spiral baked sandwich that is perfect for large parties.

If you like, you can serve sandwich condiments or warm marinara sauce alongside the stromboli slices for dipping.

We’ve offered suggestions for fillings; but mix and match to suit your group or devise your own combination.

Just be careful with vegetables. Watery vegetables (such as tomatoes) can release too much liquid during baking. To avoid this, cook most vegetables in a skillet before adding them to the dough.

Super Bowl stromboli

1tablespoon olive oil

2cups chopped raw vegetables, such as peppers, onions and mushrooms

2cloves garlic, minced

1/4cup drained and chopped Kalamata olives

1tablespoon drained and chopped capers

1teaspoon dried Italian herb blend

Salt and ground black pepper

120-ounce ball pizza dough

10ounces sliced deli meat, such as salami and ham

1cup grated provolone or mozzarella cheese

Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray.

In a large skillet over medium-high, heat the oil. Add the vegetables and garlic, then saute until tender and any liquid has evaporated, 5 to 10 minutes depending on your choice of vegetables. Stir in the olives, capers and herb blend. Season with salt and pepper, then set aside to cool slightly.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to a 12-by-16-inch rectangle. Arrange the sliced meat over the dough, leaving a 1-inch border on the longer sides, as well as the end furthest from you. Spread the cooked vegetables over the meat, then sprinkle with the cheese.

Starting with the side closest to you, roll the stromboli up like a log. Pinch the seam and ends to seal. Transfer the log to the prepared baking sheet with the seam on the bottom. Using a paring knife, make three deep slits in the top of the loaf.

Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Allow the stromboli to rest for 20 minutes while the oven heats.

Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, or until a meat thermometer inserted at the center reads 180 degrees. The outside should be golden brown and should sound hollow when tapped. Allow to cool for at least 20 minutes before slicing.

Makes 10 servings. Per serving: 430 calories; 240 calories from fat (55 percent of total calories); 27 g fat (9 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 60 mg cholesterol; 28 g carbohydrate; 22 g protein; 1 g fiber; 1,740 mg sodium.