Pizza Stromboli – Freeze before Baking

Pizza StromboliIt’s easy to make your own Stromboli at home. A pizza Stromboli is also a great meal to prepare ahead of time and store in your freezer for one of those busy days when you know you won’t have time to prepare a home cooked meal. Kids and adults alike will love the warm and gooey cheese and pizza toppings all encased in a crispy dough that can be eaten on the go or served as a sit down meal with salad and bread. Here is our recipe for pizza Stromboli – freeze before baking. Prepare it this weekend for a great meal next week! The basic recipe is included, but you can always customize the pizza toppings based on what your family enjoys.

Ingredients

  • One pound prepared pizza or bread dough. If you don’t have a great recipe for pizza dough, you can purchase prepared pizza or bread dough.
  • Four ounces pepperoni, thinly sliced (deli pepperoni has the best flavor, but you can buy pizza pepperoni)
  • ½ cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Loose flour to work the dough
  • Kosher salt
  • Melted butter

Instructions

  1. Roll out the bread dough on a flat work surface. Use the loose flour to keep the dough from sticking. Roll the dough into a 10 x 12 rectangle that is ¼ inch thick.
  2. Brush the top of the dough with a thin coat of the melted butter.
  3. Beginning with the pepperoni, layer the meat and cheeses over the top of the dough leaving a 1 inch border of dough.
  4. Dampen the edges of the dough with a little water using a pastry brush or a damp paper towel.
  5. Roll up the Stromboli beginning with a ten inch side pinching the dough closed on the ends as you go.
  6. Set the Stromboli seam side down on a large piece of plastic wrap.
  7. Pulling the plastic wrap tight, wrap the Stromboli up and then cover it again in tin foil.
  8. Place in the freezer.

Preparation

  1. Set the frozen Stromboli in the refrigerator overnight to defrost.
  2. At least two hours before cooking time, set the Stromboli out to come to room temperature.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  4. Melt about 1 tablespoon of butter.
  5. Spray a cooking sheet or bread pan that will fit the Stromboli with cooking spray.
  6. Unwrap the Stromboli carefully and place it on the cooking pan seam side down.
  7. Cut a few diagonal slits in the top of the bread.
  8. Brush the top of the Stromboli with melted butter and sprinkle it with kosher salt.
  9. Cover with the tin foil.
  10. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove the tin foil and bake for another ten to fifteen minutes (until the bread is crispy and brown).

Serve this fabulous Stromboli with your favorite marinara sauce for an easy weekday meal that won’t have you laboring over a hot stove for hours. Pizza Stromboli – freeze before baking is sure to become a fast family favorite!

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