For Happiness

by Mara @ What's For Dinner? on February 15, 2011

in Baking, friends, Italian, pork

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:

Stromboli is a type of turnover filled with various cheeses, Italian meats such as salami, capicola and bresaola or vegetables. The dough is Italian bread dough.

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!



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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one } February 15, 2011 at 10:17 PM

that looks so awesome! i am definitely making that soon!


Christin@purplebirdblog February 15, 2011 at 10:27 PM

I voted! And so long as you remind me everyday, I will continue to vote! (My memory is not so much!) :)
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Christina February 15, 2011 at 10:29 PM

Yummy, this looks delicious! I especially love the cheese drizzles on top – beautiful touch! :)
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Amy Johnson February 15, 2011 at 10:56 PM

I’M FAMOUS!! I’M FAMOUS!! :) I’m so glad you made my happy Stromboli! :) And I’m glad it made you happy, babe :) Love you!
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Marianne February 16, 2011 at 12:18 AM

I just hit up a local Italian deli – wish I’d seen this before then, because I would have tailored my purchases to make something like this. Looks delicious!
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Lauren February 16, 2011 at 5:31 AM

My dad is famous for his stromboli. In fact, he usually makes it a few times a year and goes a little overboard. It’s fantastic though!
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brandi February 16, 2011 at 8:00 AM

Oh man, I haven’t had stromboli in so long! My friend’s dad used to make it all the time and it was amazing.


Crystal February 16, 2011 at 11:59 AM

So funny that you’ve posted this today, we just had stromboli at a dinner party last night. Your version looks very similar to the one we had and boy, was it yummy! I’ll have to try this out at home one night, yum!
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mary (what's cookin' with mary) February 16, 2011 at 3:50 PM

Holy moley ! This sounds so freakin amazing Mara. I’ve def got to try this one. I know the mister will love it !! Thanks for the recipe. -mary
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Roz February 16, 2011 at 3:56 PM

Oh my YUM!!! That looks SOOOOO good!!! I MUST try this soon. Have a great day!!!
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Lisa (Dishes of Mrs. Fish) February 16, 2011 at 7:17 PM

This looks great! I love when my husband makes Stromboli!
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Hangry Pants February 17, 2011 at 9:05 PM

I am very emotionally connected to cooking. Sometimes it Makes me feel better when I’m sad, but sometimes it just doesn’t. You will get your Mojo back! And besides this looks amazing!


Mara @ What's For Dinner? February 17, 2011 at 9:13 PM

Thanks heather :) you’re right, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t… Glad I’m not alone in that!


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