Needless to say, it's been a little challenging in past weeks to get my cooking mojo back. You may have noticed that there have been more baking recipes, more simple "throw-together" type meals... and that's for good reason. I think my creative button is broken.
Never fear, it will be back. But, in the mean time, we've still gotta eat! A few weeks ago, I was talking with my friend Amy, and she told me about this recipe she'd made that was SO GOOD. She said I just HAD TO try it.
I asked her to send me the recipe, and she did. The subject of the email?
"Stromboli for a Happy Mara"
So today, on a gloomy (albeit warmer) day, I decided to make this stromboli.
What, you don't know what a stromboli is?
From the most reliable of sources, wikipedia:
Ok then. So I went with my go-to pizza dough recipe instead of Italian bread because it's a quicker recipe. Then I followed the fillings guidelines for the Happy Stromboli recipe from Amy, which she got on AllRecipes.. Which is what I'm calling this... The Happy Stromboli
The Happy Stromboli
- one batch 10-10-10 pizza dough
- 1/4 lb. thinly sliced provolone cheese
- 1/4 lb. thinly sliced hard salami (I used Volpi)
- 1/4 lb. thinly sliced deli ham (I used locally raised and store-made)
- 1/4 lb. thinly sliced pepperoni (I used Boar's Head)
- 1/3 c. shredded Romano cheese
- 1 Tb. oregano
- 1 Tb. basil
- tomato sauce for dipping
Pre-heat the oven to 375*F. Roll the pizza dough into a large rectangle. Sprinkle on basil and oregano. Layer on one layer of cheese, then salami, ham, and pepperoni. Top with a few more pieces of cheese, a bit of Romano, and a bit more basil and oregano. Roll on the longer side forming a long roll. Seal the edge and ends, sprinkle with Romano cheese, then bake for about 35 minutes, or until lightly browned like so:
Allow to rest about 5 minutes before slicing and serving. Then I dare you. Eat it and try NOT to be happy. Well, unless of course you're a vegetarian or vegan...then you could make this with veggies and Daiya shreds and pretend, because the dough rocks. Thank you, Amy, for an amazing recipe!
In other news:I've submitted my POM Wonderful Cupcakes to their first cupcake contest! I'd truly appreciate your vote! There's no signing up, just a click on the "vote" button, so please CLICK HERE and then click VOTE! You can vote once per day per computer. So, vote today, then tomorrow...all the way through the 28th!