Freezer Meal Recipes: Pepperoni Pizza Stromboli
Easy and Delicious Pepperoni Stromboli Recipe!
Stromboli is similar to a calzone, but relies on a sturdy filling of layered deli meats and cheese. Like a rolled sandwich with a crispy, golden crust! Yum. This pepperoni version is a family favorite!
There are several different options for the dough, depending on your preference and available time. You can make 1 pound of your own pizza dough, buy 1 pound of pre-made dough from the store, buy dough from a local pizzeria, or get a Pillsbury canister of pizza dough (12- or 13.8-ounce) from the grocery store.
I actually got my pizza dough from a local pizzeria. It is cheap, but still great quality, and it took a lot less of my time than making my own. Since my hubby works with Pizza Pie Cafe ♥, it was especially easy and inexpensive for me to acquire the dough and other high quality ingredients. Lucky me, right? 😉
I use a basting brush to brush water around the edges, but you could probably use a paper towel too. Just get the edges of dough moist so it will stick to itself when you roll it up.
Once the dough is all rolled up, you can wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Before baking, brush lightly beaten egg over the cylinder of dough and sprinkle sesame seeds and Kosher salt over the top.
Another option is to wrap it in plastic wrap and foil and freeze it. You will want to let it mostly thaw in the refrigerator before baking, or you can try parbaking (partially cooking) the stromboli covered before freezing. If it is parbaked, you will not need to let it thaw from frozen before completing the cooking. Just increase the covered baking time to adequately cook the interior before browning and serving.
Covering the stromboli with foil during the first part of baking allows the cheeses to melt and the interior to be warmed through, without letting the crust get too dark. Once you remove the foil, the crust will start to brown more.
Letting the stromboli sit for 5 minutes after baking allows the cheese to set up a bit and prevents it from oozing out when you slice it.
Serve with pizza sauce, if desired. (I froze some pizza sauce in an ice cube tray to keep it with the frozen stromboli.) Enjoy!
I think this is the best bread knife ever! I have the 8-inch.
This recipe is slightly adapted from Cook’s Illustrated The Best Make-Ahead Recipe.
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- How to Prepare Freezer Meals
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