Holy Moly Stromboli! (Giveaway Post)

by Mara @ What's For Dinner? on January 24, 2010

in Baking, contest/giveaway, giveaway, Italian, simple recipe

Last week, I decided that it was a great time to start exploring all the fun gadgets and small appliances that Adam and I were lucky enough to receive for our wedding. I coined it “gadget week” and started with the mandoline, then the rice cooker, the fancy schmancy blender, the immersion blender, and tonight…the piece de recistance: The Kitchen Aid stand mixer. We registered for the standard enamel 5 qt. stand mixer with the top that lifts up to allow access to the bowl and paddle. Much to my surprise, my mom was generous enough to get us the KitchenAid Professional 5 qt. deluxe super duper mixer with the lever that raises the bowl to the paddle. Just look how pretty it is:

I never in a million years thought we’d get the smaller mixer we’d registered for, let alone this one… so mom, again, THANK YOU!

I went a little mixer-crazy yesterday and today in preparation for this post, and you’ll see partially why when you get to the dessert at the bottom of this post, but trust me, you’ll want to see dinner too. One of the cool things about KitchenAid mixers is their ability to make dough. Now, I’ll probably still use the old school method for making challah, but the dough hook made tonight’s dinner that much easier.

Stromboli are kind of like calzones, but also kind of like a thin-crust pizza rolled up into an Italian-style burrito. I made this wonderful whole wheat pizza dough from AllRecipes.com, except I did the kneading in the KitchenAid. It was so much easier!


  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve sugar in warm water. Sprinkle yeast over the top, and let stand for about 10 minutes, until foamy.
  2. Stir the olive oil and salt into the yeast mixture, then mix in the whole wheat flour and 1 cup of the all-purpose flour until dough starts to come together. Tip dough out onto a surface floured with the remaining all-purpose flour, and knead until all of the flour has been absorbed, and the ball of dough becomes smooth, about 10 minutes. Place dough in an oiled bowl, and turn to coat the surface. Cover loosely with a towel, and let stand in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  3. When the dough is doubled, tip the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and divide into 2 pieces for 2 thin crust, or leave whole to make one thick crust. Form into a tight ball. Let rise for about 45 minutes, until doubled.
  4. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Roll a ball of dough with a rolling pin until it will not stretch any further. Then, drape it over both of your fists, and gently pull the edges outward, while rotating the crust. When the circle has reached the desired size, place on a well oiled pizza pan. Top pizza with your favorite toppings, such as sauce, cheese, meats, or vegetables.
  5. Bake for 16 to 20 minutes (depending on thickness) in the preheated oven, until the crust is crisp and golden at the edges, and cheese is melted on the top.

Then, after I allowed it to do all its rising, Adam and I rolled them out and put our choice of toppings inside. I chose Canadian bacon, mozzarella, red peppers, mushrooms, and spinach. Adam chose the same but left out the “fungus and peppers” as he called it. They got rolled up, sealed, and scored on the top and baked at 425* until they were done on the outside. They looked fairly boring at first (Adam’s on the left, mine on the right):

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But upon slicing into them, we found some spiraled treasure:

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We topped them with some pizza sauce and dug in. They were delicious! It was like eating pizza with significantly more toppings and less cheese, and the dough was nutty and delicious!

Now, on to the dessert I made yesterday. There was something special about it… it had ingredients in it that I wouldn’t have normally bought: almond flour, organic cocoa, and sunflower seed butter. Why did I have these ingredients? Well, the lovely people at iHerb.com offered me a $50 shopping spree to test out their website and sample some of their products and I happily obliged! I got an opportunity to sample some things that I haven’t tried before due to cost or availability, and their website is fantastic. Some things I knew I wanted to try, so I just typed them into the search interface. Some things though, I found through a category search, or an alphabetical search. They have over 18,000 natural products, so it was a bit overwhelming! I ended up with:
  • 1 case PB&J Larabars
  • agave nectar
  • organic cocoa powder
  • Bob’s Red Mill almond flour
  • Bob’s Red Mill high fiber oat bran
  • SunButter

I had something in mind when I picked these items, besides the fact that I wanted to taste them. I wanted to use this (from Adam’s mom):

to make some brownies! I found a recipe to adapt, and ended up with this result:

The recipe for SunButter Cocoa Brownies:
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 2/3 c. all purpose flour
  • 1/2 c. almond flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 c. milk
  • 2 heaping Tbsp. SunButter
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts (optional)


Preheat oven to 350. Beat eggs until slightly frothy, then add oil and mix well. Add sugar and cocoa and mix well, then add flours. Once the batter has come together, add milk and SunButter and mix well. Pour into pan and bake 22-26 minutes. Enjoy!

These were great, and it was so much fun trying out new ingredients! Do you want to try new ingredients from iHerb.com? This is your chance! For the low low cost of a comment below, you can be entered to win your very own $50 shopping spree from iHerb.com! To get extra entries, you can:
  1. Post about the contest on your blog and link back to this post. (http://www.imadedinner.net/2010/01/24/holy-moly-stromboli-giveaway-post) Then, leave another comment telling me you’ve done so.
  2. Tweet about this contest by saying “I want to go shopping @iherb with @imadedinner! http://tinyurl.com/iherb” then leave me another comment telling me you’ve done so.
  3. Visit iHerb.com and tell me the ONE item you’re dying to try! Then (you guessed it) leave another comment to let me know you’ve done so.

Only comments will be counted as entries, so if you just comment, that’s one entry. You will need to comment that you’ve posted, tweeted, or visited as well. Good luck! Winner will be announced next Sunday, January 31! You may have noticed that it looks a little different around here… what do you think? Can you read the posts ok? Let me know if you’re having trouble…

Have a great Sunday night, and a pleasant Monday!

Comments on this entry are closed.

Jessie (Vegan-minded) January 25, 2010 at 10:39 PM

Awesome giveaway! I would love to buy some maca, chia seeds, and protein powder.

Karen January 25, 2010 at 10:42 PM

I would love to win this giveaway!

Karen January 25, 2010 at 10:42 PM

I visited iherb.com – my #1 pick would be Vega ( Sequel ) Naturals, Whole Food Smoothie Infusion

Donell January 26, 2010 at 12:42 AM

Here is my comment for my first entry. Thanks for the contest.

Donell January 26, 2010 at 12:42 AM
Donell January 26, 2010 at 12:48 AM

I’d try the TestoJack 100.

Diane January 26, 2010 at 8:29 AM

This is such a fun giveaway, thank you!

Diane January 26, 2010 at 8:30 AM

I’d buy some chia seeds =]

K January 26, 2010 at 8:37 AM

Linked back this morning :)
.-= K´s last blog ..Alejandro =-.

Ashlei January 26, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Enter me please!
.-= Ashlei´s last blog ..Whose Line =-.

Ashlei January 26, 2010 at 11:02 AM

I tweeted https://twitter.com/the_vegster
.-= Ashlei´s last blog ..Whose Line =-.

Mary January 26, 2010 at 11:02 AM

I would love to try the Bob Red Mill, Organic Coconut Floour and the Xanthan Gum.
Those Stromboli’s look yummy!

Ashlei January 26, 2010 at 11:02 AM

I would love to try some Maca Powder!!
.-= Ashlei´s last blog ..Whose Line =-.

Metta January 26, 2010 at 1:55 PM

great give away, thanks!

Danielle January 26, 2010 at 4:01 PM

Great giveaway! I’m eyeing the Stevia – I’d love to try it!

Laura E January 26, 2010 at 6:27 PM

Thanks so much for the opportunity! This is such an awesome giveaway.

Laura E January 26, 2010 at 6:31 PM

When I was checking out their website I saw that they had Bora Bora bars–I’ve been really wanting to try the Almond Coconut flavor. Then I’d have money leftover to get something else!

Larissa January 26, 2010 at 6:48 PM

Oh i hope i win! the stromboli looks awesome i love to work with dough!

Larissa January 26, 2010 at 6:49 PM

i also linked back to my blog :)
.-= Larissa´s last blog ..Camera..and oats! =-.

Larissa January 26, 2010 at 6:51 PM

also i am dying to try some new lara bar flavors since i had my first taste last week.
.-= Larissa´s last blog ..Camera..and oats! =-.

Ashlei January 26, 2010 at 7:06 PM

Linked your giveaway on my blog:
.-= Ashlei´s last blog ..Whose Line =-.

Karla January 26, 2010 at 7:15 PM

I would love to try Goji berries! I hear they’re tasty and healthy!
.-= Karla´s last blog ..100! =-.

Heather @ Side of Sneakers January 26, 2010 at 7:29 PM

Linked to you too!
.-= Heather @ Side of Sneakers´s last blog ..My Big Fat Greek Yogurt =-.

FoodCents January 26, 2010 at 7:37 PM

Um, looks friggin’ wonderful – might have to whip a batch of those babies up.

I like the new look, very inviting!!!! It might just be me and my sensitive eyes, but the lines on the side make it a tiny bit difficult to focus.
.-= FoodCents´s last blog ..THE CHICKEN GOT ME DOWN… =-.

FoodCents January 26, 2010 at 7:37 PM

I announced this to the whole world via Twitter:)

FoodCents January 26, 2010 at 7:43 PM

I would like to try the Fit & Fresh, Fresh Start Breakfast Chiller with Removable Spoon & Ice Pack………. why didn’t I think of that???? :)
.-= FoodCents´s last blog ..THE CHICKEN GOT ME DOWN… =-.

Evan Thomas January 26, 2010 at 8:17 PM

I would love love love to win this!
.-= Evan Thomas´s last blog ..Let’s Try This Again =-.

Evan Thomas January 26, 2010 at 8:17 PM

I am dying to try Navita’s goji berries–yum!
.-= Evan Thomas´s last blog ..Let’s Try This Again =-.

emily January 26, 2010 at 9:04 PM

i want to try all of the dried seaweeds they offer!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) January 27, 2010 at 1:41 AM

enter me, this is a great contest Mara!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) January 27, 2010 at 1:42 AM

2nd entry from tweeting it (and i am following you now too)

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) January 27, 2010 at 1:42 AM

3rd entry would be that I would like to eliminate all trips to WF’s. If i buy my supplements from iherb, I could do that :)

claudia January 27, 2010 at 6:17 AM

Love iHerb! :-)

claudia January 27, 2010 at 6:18 AM

I think my top pick would be the vega :-)

Evan Thomas January 27, 2010 at 10:36 AM
Tricia Z January 27, 2010 at 11:04 AM

Thanks so much for this generous giveaway! Great post :-)

Meghann January 27, 2010 at 11:10 AM

Great giveaway! I would love to win!

Eliza January 27, 2010 at 11:29 AM

I’d love to try maca powder!

Jenny January 27, 2010 at 12:59 PM

I’d love to try either the goji berries, or else the Amazing Grass powder, since I’m going to finally start making smoothies again…
.-= Jenny´s last blog ..The Yogi Within and Colorhungry Cinema =-.

Mary Poppins in Heels January 27, 2010 at 1:24 PM

I’m in! And don’t you just love your mixer? I have that one and find recipes to make just so I can us it!

Morgan January 27, 2010 at 2:24 PM

So many yummy looking dried fruits, and the hemp protein! Plus cocoa butter for my dry skin. Amazing giveaway!

Morgan January 27, 2010 at 2:24 PM

Plus I tweeted!
.-= Morgan´s last blog ..Bake Sale for Haiti =-.

Annie January 27, 2010 at 3:43 PM

Id love trying some chia seeds!

Emily January 27, 2010 at 6:35 PM

I’d LOVE to win! I like to add protein powder to a lot of my recipes, and I’d definitely love to buy some new brands!

Kelsey January 27, 2010 at 8:37 PM

amazing grass!

Kelsey January 27, 2010 at 8:38 PM

tweet! @carrothead

carolinebee January 27, 2010 at 9:33 PM

Mara why must you and your delicious treats live so far away from me!? :D
Hmmmm i am interested in chia seeds too, although the few blogs i’ve seen them on lately all say they’re kinda gross!? Haha
.-= carolinebee´s last blog ..A (late) Happy Birthday Wish! =-.

Madeleine @ Notes On A Page January 27, 2010 at 9:36 PM

I’d love to try chia seeds, I’ve heard so much about them. But Amazing Grass is pretty high on my list, too!
.-= Madeleine @ Notes On A Page´s last blog ..Lunch Break =-.

Deanna G. January 27, 2010 at 10:04 PM

I would love to win! :)

Deanna G. January 27, 2010 at 10:05 PM

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