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Perfect for game day and a huge crowd-pleaser, stromboli is like a rolled-up version of pizza.

An Italian-American dish that originated in the city of Philadelphia, stromboli is like a rolled-up version of pizza. Filled with cheese and Italian deli meats, like pepperoni, salami, and ham, and served with marinara sauce for dipping, it’s a huge crowd-pleaser – perfect for game day, an easy dinner, or anytime you’re having people over. Just keep in mind that stromboli disappears quickly; I recommend making two rolls, especially if you’re feeding men and boys.

I use my favorite homemade pizza dough to make stromboli, but store-bought dough works nicely, too. Don’t worry if your stromboli bursts a little while baking; it’s normal for some cheese to ooze out of the crust. In fact, some say that the name for this dish was taken from Mt. Stromboli, one of the three active volcanos in Italy because the ingredients look like they are about to explode from a volcano.

What You’ll Need To Make Stromboli

stromboli ingredients

Step-by-Step Instructions

On a lightly floured work surface, stretch and/or roll the dough into a 10×12-inch rectangle, about 1/4-inch thick.

rolling out dough

Arrange the dough rectangle so the long side is closest to you. Brush the surface with the oil, leaving a 1-inch border around the edges. Spread the garlic evenly over the top of the oil, then sprinkle with the oregano, a pinch of red pepper flakes (if using), and the pecorino romano.

layering oil, garlic, oregano and pecorino Romano

Shingle the provolone slices evenly over the pecorino romano, followed by the ham, mozzarella, and cured meats.

layering meat and cheese

Brush the borders of the dough with the egg (reserve the remaining egg for brushing the top of the stromboli). Fold the bottom third of the stromboli in toward the middle.

rolling stromboli

Fold the top third of stromboli down to cover first fold, creating a wide log, like a folded letter. Pinch the seam tightly to seal.

rolled stromboli

Transfer the stromboli to the prepared baking sheet, seam side down. Pinch the ends tightly to seal and tuck underneath. Loosely cover the stromboli with plastic wrap and let rise at room temperature for 1 hour. (The stromboli won’t look much different after the rise; that’s okay.)

resting stromboli

Preheat the oven to 375°F and set an oven rack in the middle position. Brush the top of the dough with the remaining egg. Using a sharp knife, make 5 evenly spaced 1/2-inch-deep slits, 1-1/2 inches long, on top of the stromboli.

brushing stromboli with egg wash

Bake until golden brown, puffy, and bubbling, about 35 minutes (if you have a thermometer, the center should register 200°F). Some grease or cheese may bubble out of the sides and top; that’s normal. Use a paper towel to blot any excess grease on the baking sheet.

baked stromboli

Let the stromboli cool on the baking sheet for 15 to 20 minutes, then transfer to a cutting board and cut into 1-inch-thick slices. Serve warm or at room temperature, with marinara sauce on the side (if using).

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Stromboli

Perfect for game day and a huge crowd-pleaser, stromboli is like a rolled-up version of pizza.

Servings: 4 to 6
Prep Time: 25 Minutes
Cook Time: 35 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour, plus 1 hour to rise (and additional time if making the pizza dough from scratch)

Ingredients

  • 1 lb homemade or store-bought pizza dough
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • A few pinches crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons finely grated pecorino romano
  • 4 thin slices (3 oz) provolone cheese
  • 4 medium slices (3 oz) deli ham
  • 4 thin slices (3 oz) mozzarella cheese
  • 14 thin, large slices (3 oz) Italian cured meats, such as salami, pepperoni, bresaola, etc. (use at least two different kinds for best results)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Store-bought or homemade marinara sauce, for serving (optional)

Instructions

  1. Line a 13x18-inch baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. On a lightly floured work surface, stretch and/or roll the dough into a 10x12-inch rectangle, about ¼-inch thick. (Be sure not to roll the dough too thin.)
  3. Arrange the dough rectangle so the long side is closest to you. Brush the surface with the oil, leaving a 1-inch border around the edges. Spread the garlic evenly over the top of the oil, then sprinkle with the oregano, a pinch of red pepper flakes (if using), and the pecorino romano.
  4. Shingle the provolone slices evenly over the pecorino romano, followed by the ham, mozzarella, and cured meats. Brush the borders of the dough with the egg (reserve the remaining egg for brushing the top of the stromboli). Fold the bottom third of the stromboli in toward the middle. Fold the top third of stromboli down to cover first fold, creating a wide log, like a folded letter. Pinch the seam tightly to seal. Transfer the stromboli to the prepared baking sheet, seam side down. Pinch the ends tightly to seal and tuck underneath the stromboli. Loosely cover the stromboli with plastic wrap and let rise at room temperature for 1 hour. (The stromboli won't look much different after the rise; that's okay.)
  5. Preheat the oven to 375°F and set an oven rack in the middle position.
  6. Brush the top of the dough with the remaining egg. Using a sharp knife, make 5 evenly spaced ½-inch-deep slits, 1½ inches long, on top of the stromboli. Bake until golden brown, puffy, and bubbling, about 35 minutes (if you have a thermometer, the center should register 200°F). Some grease or cheese may bubble out of the sides and top; that's normal. Use a paper towel to blot any excess grease on the baking sheet. Let the stromboli cool on the baking sheet for 15 to 20 minutes, then transfer to a cutting board and cut into 1-inch-thick slices. Serve warm or at room temperature, with marinara sauce on the side (if using).
  7. Make Ahead/Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The stromboli can be prepared, covered with plastic wrap, and refrigerated for up to 12 hours before baking. Add the egg wash and cut slits right before baking, and allow a few extra minutes in the oven. To freeze the stromboli before baking, fill and roll the stromboli as directed but do not add the egg wash or cut slits. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Add the egg wash and cut slits right before baking, and allow a few extra minutes in the oven.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (6 servings)
  • Calories: 418
  • Fat: 19 g
  • Saturated fat: 9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 39 g
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 21 g
  • Sodium: 1,169 mg
  • Cholesterol: 77 mg

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Comments

  • Excellent! Loved it! Couldn’t find Gruyere cheese so I had to substitute Swiss. Didn’t make the marinara sauce but I will next time. We ended up having it with your broccoli soup – heavy meal but so worth it. Also bought store pizza dough just because I didn’t have the time to make my own (which I would normally do)…so again, next time. Doesn’t really need the sauce but I think it would bring it to the next level. My hubby was also suggesting maybe 2 sauces…a marinara and maybe even a really good aioli? What do you think about an aioli dip Jenn? Would it work? Also, would putting the marinara sauce inside the sandwich and cook it then? Or would that not work?

    • — Judy on October 13, 2022
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    • Hi Judy, so glad you liked it! I wouldn’t recommend putting marinara sauce inside the stromboli as it will make the crust really soggy. Instead, I’d serve it on the side for dipping. And I’ve never thought to serve it with an aïoli, but feel free if that appeals to you!

      • — Jenn on October 18, 2022
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  • This was amazingly simple and delicious. My husband and his friend are restoring a car and I brought this down for lunch 🙂 They ate everything and loved it!! I’ll be making it again really soon.

    • — Teresa on July 22, 2022
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  • Looks Great! If you make it ahead do you do the 1 hour rise before or after you have it in the fridge/freezer? Just trying to plan around kids sport schedules, so stuff that I can make in the afternoon and have ready to cook keeps us from eating sandwiches everyday! I have a feeling this will be in regular rotation.

    • — Maura on May 3, 2022
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    • Hi Maura, you would do the 1 to 2-hour rise before refrigerating it. Hope you and the kids enjoy!

      • — Jenn on May 3, 2022
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  • Hi Jenn,
    I made the Stromboli recipe and it came out perfectly. I found,however, I am not a fan of warm cold cuts. I made same dough recipe and made a meatball Stromboli and it was delicious. I would love it if you could give other options such as a meatball Stromboli recipe as well as a sausage and pepper recipe. Not sure if that would be called calzone or Stromboli. Clearly I am in need of instruction. I do love all of your recipes so thank you. Marie

    • — Marie on April 30, 2022
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    • Hi Marie, So glad you like the recipes! While I don’t have a specific recipe for meatball or sausage and pepper strombolis, you really could use any fillings you’d like inside this dough. 🙂

      • — Jenn on May 3, 2022
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  • My son and I just had our first slice. He actually finished his slice before I did, lol. It was SO good. I was a bit nervous because I know I rolled out the dough to thin but it still came out fine. I barely had any fluid bubble out to boot. My house smells like a pizza parlor, lol. Making your dough was so easy. My 2nd ball of dough is now in the freezer just waiting to be made next week. Thanks for 2 amazing recipes. My son Thanks you as well… 😉

    • — Tammie on February 28, 2022
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  • Made this for the super bowl, it was even better than I expected! We dipped it in Italian dressing – amazing!

    • — Ashley Sigman on February 26, 2022
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  • Wow! This was so delicious and pretty to boot! Made me look like a pro. Used your perfect pizza crust recipe and the only thing I would add for us is some more meat. I ate the leftovers today and it tasted even better after sitting a few days in the frig. I reheated it for one minute in the microwave. Thank you Jenn! We love it!

    • — Cheryl S on February 17, 2022
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  • I made 2 Stromboli using your pizza dough recipe. Everything looked really good and made the kitchen smell so good. Unfortunately, once we took a bite, we found the dough to be incredibly salty. We ended up throwing away the second Stromboli. The pizza dough recipe called for 2 1/4 tsp of salt, it must be some kind of mistake. I used Morton Kosher salt. Not sure I would want to make this again, but if I did, I would probably only use (recommend) 1 tsp of salt. I always enjoy your recipes but this one did not quite work out.

    • — Dominique on February 13, 2022
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    • Morton Kosher is twice the weight of regular salt.

      • — lowandslow on May 20, 2022
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  • Hi! I am new to pizza dough. Wow. Not as easy as I thought to roll into a rectangle, LOL. Question if you have time to help – Because of time constraints I used store-bought dough. I let it sit out 30 minutes per the other comments regarding store-bought dough. Do you still need to let it sit for an hour before cooking if it was already out for 30 minutes? I’m erring on the side of caution for this round and having it sit for an hour, but would be great to know for the future. As well, any tips on rolling/shaping into rectangle also welcome. (I plan to do some independent research on this, too). So happy I found your website – so far, everyone has loved all the recipes we have made! I love the clear, step-by-step directions and photos. Need to buy a cookbook next! Thank you so much!

    • — Susie on February 13, 2022
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    • Hi Susie, So glad you’re enjoying the recipes! Sometimes it’s easier to stretch the dough with your hands rather than roll it; I usually stretch it first, and then roll. And yes, you would still let it sit out for an hour before baking.

      • — Jenn on February 13, 2022
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  • It was easier than I expected. The recipe format makes it hard to mess up. I’d never been one to use recipes before I found yours. I’ve made many of them and I’m expanding my cooking skills as a result. Thank you

    • — DANIEL JOHNSON on February 13, 2022
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  • If using store bought dough I always leave my pizza dough out to rise for at least an hour before I form it for a pizza pie. In this case are you shaping the dough “cold” or should I still let it rise before making the rectangle?

    • — Allise on February 10, 2022
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    • Hi Allise, I’d let the store-bought dough sit out for at least 30 minutes before rolling it.

      • — Jenn on February 10, 2022
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      • Thanks! Why sheet pan and not pizza stone? Sheer size issues?

        • — Allise on February 10, 2022
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        • Hi Allise, many people don’t have pizza stones so I designed the recipe for a sheet pan. If you have a pizza stone that will fit this nicely, that will definitely work!

          • — Jenn on February 10, 2022
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    • Have you ever used frozen bread dough instead of pizza dough? I’m curious if that’s an equal substitution.

      • — Pam R. on March 18, 2022
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      • Yes, that will work. 🙂

        • — Jenn on March 18, 2022
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  • I made this and everyone loved it! It came out perfectly and the instructions were great.
    Thank you,

    • — Michele on February 9, 2022
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  • This was absolutely delicious! Mine looks much flatter than yours Jenn and the crust on the inside was a bit undercooked and didn’t have that nice fluffy bready look like yours does. I baked for the correct amount of time and followed the recipe exactly except I only let it rise 45 mins rather than a full hour. But even in spite of this it was super delicious and I will definitely make again. Real favorite with the kids! Thanks for all your amazing recipes Jenn!!!

    • — Katherine on February 8, 2022
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  • I made this recipe this weekend and it was a hit! Would it be possible to make it with cheese and vegetables, or would veggies get too watery?

    • — Stephanie on February 7, 2022
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    • Hi Stephanie, glad you liked it! I do think it would work with veggies, but I’d cook them first to get out all of the moisture and once you remove them from the skillet, make sure you’ve drained off/blotted any extra liquid. Please LMK how it turns out with veggies!

      • — Jenn on February 9, 2022
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  • Im on the final step of resting before baking! Used your pizza dough recipe! So excited to see what happens! We do have a meat shortage on the base we live on so we had to use smaller pepperoni & salami.
    Im so optimistic this will turn out great! Will definitely update!

    • — P on February 4, 2022
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  • Is this ok to eat the next day if you have leftovers? Or is it best eaten the same day?

    • — Daniella on February 4, 2022
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    • Hi Daniella, My kids love the leftovers – even cold from the fridge!

      • — Jenn on February 4, 2022
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    • Can a one pound log of frozen bread dough be successfully substituted for pizza dough? Thank you! Love your recipes!

      • — Pam R. on March 17, 2022
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      • Yep!

        • — Jenn on March 17, 2022
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  • Hi Jen, I make your pizza dough all the time, I separate it for the two 12 inch pizzas and have a few stashed in the freezer. If I use that dough for this recipe would I need to use the two for one Stromboli?? I’m wondering if you use the whole pizza dough recipe for this one.
    Looks so good! Can’t wait to try this!

    Thanks 😊

    • — Dani on February 4, 2022
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    • Hi Dani, I updated my pizza dough recipe a few months ago to make a slightly larger quantity, so if you made the new recipe, you would only use 1 dough ball, as the recipe yields two 1-lb dough balls. If the older recipe (which yielded two 12-oz balls) is in your freezer, I would use both and make a slightly larger stromboli. Hope that makes sense!

      • — Jenn on February 4, 2022
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      • Thank you, thank you, thank you! This recipe was so easy and delicious! Made two and glad I did! Had leftovers the next day. Can’t wait to make it again!

        • — David Pullen on February 5, 2022
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  • Looks delicious and tasty.

    • — Keenya S Cowans on February 3, 2022
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  • Could I use mozzarella (firm, whole milk) instead of provolone?

    • — Thessaly Karas on February 3, 2022
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    • Yep 🙂

      • — Jenn on February 3, 2022
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    • The recipe calls for both. Mozz doesn’t have a lot of flavor IMHO.

      • — lowandslow on February 4, 2022
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