Vegetarian Pepperoni Stromboli

When preparing Italian food, does anyone else get that commercial stuck in their head that uses the catchy remix of Mambo Italiano?

You know the one:

Okay, well that wasn’t the actual commercial, but a drunk baby singing Dean Martin is, and will always be, hilarious.

My joy of cooking and baking has diminished these past couple months, which I can only blame myself for causing.  I became obsessed with fighting calories and looking for weight-fighting recipes that ultimately resulted in dishes that may have been good for us, but left more than barely a mark on our memories.  And for people who love food, love eating, and love sharing food with others, I don’t know if there’s anything worse you can do to a collection of ingredients.

And that’s where the stromboli comes in.  I’ve never once attempted making any other than a pizza with pizza dough.  If I were in a boardroom, I would be chastised for thinking inside such a very small box.  And it’s not as if a stromboli is breaking new grounds, but I feel I’ve made some great (unhealthy) strides in breaking free of tasteless Weight Watchers recipes and once again realizing cooking should be fun.  I may never be a chef, being able to come up with the grandest of ideas within minutes (thank you Top Chef for making me feel even more food-dumb than I usually do), but I can embrace my pop culture cookery.  Find something I like, change it by 10%, and hope I don’t get sued.

Aside from being a tad salty, and missing a nice marinara sauce for dipping, this recipe was quite tasty, and fairly simple.  I used Mark Bittman’s recipe for pizza dough from his invaluable How To Cook Everything Vegetarian.  I just added some black pepper, oregano and garlic to the dough since the stromboli itself isn’t seasoned.  The stromboli recipe was (barely) altered from a Real Simple recipe we found offering many uses for leftover pizza dough.  We replaced the salami they call for vegetarian pepperoni, and used a lower sodium provolone cheese.  Most of the prep time is spent either waiting for the dough to rise, or baking the stromboli.

Also, stromboli is a ridiculously fun word to say out loud.  You should try it.

Mark Bittman’s Pizza Dough

  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup water

Combine the flour, yeast, salt, pepper and oregano in a mixing bowl.  Slowly add the water, 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and garlic. Mix until the dough forms a ball and is slightly sticky to the touch. If the dough is dry, add more water a tablespoon at a time.  Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead for a few seconds to form a smooth ball. Put the last tablespoon of olive oil in the bowl and toss the dough, coating it well.  Cover the bowl and let rise for 1-2 hours.

Veggie Pepperoni Stromboli

  • 1 pound Pizza Dough (see above recipe)
  • 1/4 pound veggie pepperoni (we used Yves brand)
  • 4 cups fresh spinach, stemmed
  • 1/2 pound sliced low-sodium provolone

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Form dough into a 12-by-15-inch rectangle. Top with salami, fresh spinach, and provolone. Working from a short end, roll up the dough. Place seam-side down on an oiled baking sheet; brush with olive oil.  Bake until golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Serves 4.

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One Response to Vegetarian Pepperoni Stromboli

  1. Nathan says:

    I love stromboli. I should probably learn to make it myself, although my version wouldn’t be vegetarian.

    Don’t forget that Stromboli is the name of the puppeteer in Pinocchio!

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