Making Strombolis

Cooking for Kids

Strombolis are like stuffed pizzas. They are super easy to make, cheezy, oozy, and so delicious.  We used premade Italian bread or pizza dough that you can find at most grocery stores or a local Italian restaurant. The basic stromboli just stuffs pizza dough with marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, and favorite pizza toppings such as pepperoni or ground beef. But it’s super easy to make these stuffed breads with this yummy cheese and spinach mixture or chicken parmesan inside.

Chicken Parmesan Stromboli
Recipe adapted from momswhothink
You Will Need:

– 1 pound premade pizza or Italian bread dough

– 2 pounds shredded mozzarella cheese

– 1 pound boneless chicken breast

– 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

-1 jar (1 pound 10 ounces) chunky pasta sauce, divided

– 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese

– 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley

– Rolling pin

– Cookie sheet

What to Do:

1. Take dough out of the refridgeator to warm up for 10 to 20 minutes before working with it to make it easier to handle. Preheat oven to 400°F. Season chicken with salt and pepper.

2. In 12-inch skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat and brown chicken.

3. Remove chicken from skillet and let cool; pull into large shreds.

4. In medium bowl, combine chicken, mozzarella cheese, 1/2 cup pasta sauce, parmesan cheese and parsley; set aside.

5. On cookie sheet, press dough to form 12×10-inch rectangle. Arrange chicken mixture down center of dough.

6. Cover filling bringing one long side of dough into center, then overlap with the other long side; pinch seam to seal.

7. Fold in ends and pinch to seal. Arrange on pan, seam-side down. Gently press in sides to form 12×4-inch loaf.

8. Bake 30 minutes or until dough is cooked and golden.

9. Cut stromboli into slices. Heat remaining pasta sauce and serve with stromboli.

Cheesy Spinach Stromboli

You Will Need:

– 1 pound premade pizza or Italian bread dough
– 2 pounds shredded mozzarella cheese
– 1 package frozen spinach, cooked
– 2 tablespoons butter
– Rolling pin
– Cookie sheet

What to Do:

1. Take dough out of the refridgeator to warm up for 10 to 20 minutes before working with it to make it easier to handle. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.2. Combine ricotta cheese and spinach in a large bowl.

3. Roll dough into a large rectangle, approximately 1/2 thick.

4. Layer one-half of the mozzarella cheese evenly down the center leaving approximately three inches of exposed dough on either side.

5. Top with ricotta-spinach mixture and the remaining mozzarella.

6. Overlap the exposed dough over the cheese mixture and pinch well on all sides to seal.

7. Transfer to a large cookie sheet, seam side up.

8. Brush loaf with melted butter.

9. Bake at 350 degrees F for 35 to 40 minutes or until loaf is well browned and hollow sounding when thumped. Let cool for about 5 minutes. Cut into slices and serve warm.

References:
Photos by Stephanie Felzenberg
Recipes adapted from momswhothink.com

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