This easy stromboli recipe is basically rolled up pizza. The classic ingredients include mozzarella, ham, and salami. It’s so good dipped in marinara! A perfect quick dinner (that kids love) or appetizer for football-watching. I will show you just how to make it! Originally posted September 5, 2017.

homemade stromboli sandwich sliced on a plate shot closeup.

How was your Labor Day weekend?? Today Eric and I were doing yard work (okay, mostly Eric. I was making Stromboli ☝) and he said he was about to take down the 4th of July bunting that I put up way back in June. Then he remembered it was Labor Day and decided to leave it up in the name of patriotism. He also pointed out that September 11 is coming up, as well as Veteran’s Day in November, so really we HAVE to keep it.

I’m the worst at taking down decorations. We still have a string of homemade snowflakes hanging up high in our living room from Christmas. IT’S SEPTEMBER GUYS. May as well just leave it up til December I guess. (Yes, I realize this is how old ladies who leave their Christmas villages up all year are born. Send help.)

There were some killer sales this weekend, was anyone else doing some shopping? I love that shopping these days consists of me sitting on my couch googling promo codes. We’re so spoiled.

My task is to find a desk chair that is ergonomic and somehow not hideous. Anyone have any suggestions? The two requirements seem to be mutually exclusive.

Manicured hand dipping stromboli slice in marinara sauce.

I need a decent desk because right now I’m typing this on my couch, and my lower back is crying real tears. Did you know it takes me several hours to write a blog post? (way too much time on the couch!) I know food blogging is this weird new industry that’s a little misunderstood. (“oh, you have a blog? That’s so cute!”)

Anyway, that’s why I need a desk space with a decent chair that is designed to be used for hours at a time. Also I need a physical therapist probably, but I can’t buy that online in my pajamas, so it will have to wait. I’ll find one right after I take down my 4th of July bunting and Christmas snowflakes.

On to the recipe! Raise your hand if you’ve had stromboli?? No, not the bad guy on Pinocchio (remember him?), I’m talking about dinner. It’s so good.

Freshly baked stromboli sandwich out of the oven with nicely browned cheese and fresh parsley on top.

What is Stromboli?

Stromboli is basically pizza that’s rolled up like a cinnamon roll. Minus cinnamon and sugar, plus pepperoni, cheese and marinara sauce. Pizza dough is layered with all your favorite toppings, rolled up, baked until golden, then sliced into rounds. It makes a delicious lunch, dinner, or appetizer served with marinara sauce for dipping. Yes please.

My kids loved this stuff. It makes a great quick dinner or would be an awesome appetizer for football watching this fall. If you make it for a meal it would serve about 4 (with a couple sides, I’m thinking broccoli and a big salad) or if you make it as an appetizer then it serves 6-8, depending on how hungry your guests are.

Homemade Stromboli Ingredients

Here’s a quick shopping list, full instructions can be found in the recipe card below!

  • Pizza dough
  • Butter
  • Garlic
  • Mozzarella
  • Ham
  • Pepper jack cheese
  • Salami slices
  • Pepperoni
  • Parsley
  • Egg
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Black pepper
  • Chopped Parsley
  • Marinara sauce

How to make Stromboli

It’s so easy. Here’s the basic idea, but I have photos and the full recipe below.

  1. Roll out pizza dough, store bought or homemade.
  2. Add all the toppings
  3. Rolls it up and seal the edges
  4. Bake for a half hour, EAT!
sliced stromboli sandwich with meat, cheese, and fresh parsley next to marinara sauce.

How to roll a Stromboli Sandwich

Don’t worry guys. If I can do this, so can you.

I love my recipe for Homemade Pizza Dough, but if you want to buy pre made dough at the store, that will work great too!

homemade pizza dough rolled out to make a stromboli sandwich with meat and cheese toppings.

Make sure that when you layer everything onto the pizza dough that you leave a 1-2 inch border around one of the long edges and the two short ends. Brush the egg wash onto the three exposed edges. Next, roll the stromboli up starting with the long edge that didn’t get egg wash. Make sure you roll it up nice and tight so it doesn’t unravel. You can be too gentle, but it’s hard to do it too tightly.

Rolling up homemade stromboli.

Seal the stromboli up by wetting your fingers and sealing the end of the dough. Then roll over the stromboli so that the seam is facing down. Seal the ends of the stromboli with wet fingers, folding the dough underneath if there is extra. 

Rolled up stromboli topped with cheese and fresh parsley, sliced diagonally.

That’s it. Now you can bake it! Remember, it will taste incredible, no matter how it looks. 

Stromboli Filling Ideas

The fillings for stromboli are as limitless as pizza toppings. You could literally put anything in. BBQ chicken and red onions, Hawaiian with pineapple, sky is the limit. Next time I think I’m going to try a combination style one: green peppers, sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, olives. Yum!

How to store Italian Stromboli

Finished stromboli will last in the fridge for up to 3 days. Or seal it well and toss in the freezer for up to 3 months. 

To reheat, thaw overnight in the fridge if frozen, then warm in the oven until heated all the way through. You can pop individual slices in the microwave, but they won’t be as crispy on the edges (just like pizza!)

Sliced stromboli sandwich filled with meat and cheese topped with fresh parsley.

Easy Stromboli Recipe FAQ

Stromboli vs Calzone

While stromboli and calzones are both variations on classic pizza, they are slightly different. 

A calzone is a circle of dough that’s filled with pizza toppings, then folded over to form a crescent of dough. A stromboli is a rectangular piece of dough that’s layered with pizza toppings, then rolled up lengthwise to create a long loaf.

Do Stromboli have sauce in them?

Usually not! Instead the final slices are dipped in warm marinara sauce when it is served. This ensures a perfectly cooked stromboli and plenty of delicious sauce in every bite–since you’re scooping it up yourself, you can choose the amount you want. And of course, you want allll the sauce.

Is a stromboli baked or fried?

Baked! And it’s so good that way. Baking the stromboli heats everything up perfectly but still gives the exterior its golden color and slightly crisped texture. But seriously if someone tried frying this goodness, invite me over for dinner.

Is Stromboli considered a sandwich?

This is a lot like that “is a hot dog a sandwich?” debate. While stromboli is technically more of a rolled-up turnover, it is also known as a stromboli sandwich. Call it what you like. It’s pizza-y goodness and it’s a party in your mouth. 

Sliced meat and cheese filled stromboli sandwich dipped in marinara sauce.

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Easy Stromboli Recipe

4.89 from 17 votes
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 35 mins
Servings: 4 for dinner, 8 for appetizers
Stromboli is basically pizza that's been rolled up like a cinnamon roll. The classic ingredients include mozzarella, ham, and salami. I threw in some pepperoni and pepper jack cheese just for fun. It's so good dipped in marinara! Perfect quick dinner (that kids love) or appetizer for football-watching. 

Ingredients

  • 1 pizza dough
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella, shredded (I like to shred fresh mozz.)
  • 12 thin slices ham
  • 4 ounces Pepper Jack cheese, sliced
  • 15-17 salami slices
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 15 slices pepperoni
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup parsley, chopped fine
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheee
  • cracked black pepper, to taste
  • more chopped parsley, to garnish
  • marinara sauce, for dipping

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. 
  • Lightly flour a work surface or a square of parchment paper. Roll your pizza dough into a rectangle about 12 by 14 inches. I prefer to roll out my pizza dough on parchment paper, because you can just put the paper straight into the oven without trying to transfer it. 
  • Brush the top of the dough with melted butter. 
  • Sprinkle garlic over the top. You can either use fresh garlic or the kind in the jar. 
  • Sprinkle the top with 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese. Leave a 1-2 inch border around 1 long edge and the two short ends. 
  • Top with 12 slices of ham.
  • Layer slices of Pepper jack cheese on top of the ham.
  • Layer salami on top of the Pepper jack. 
  • Add another 1/2 cup mozzarella.
  • Layer on the pepperoni.
  • Sprinkle the last 1/2 cup mozzarella on top, then sprinkle with parsley.
  • In a small bowl, beat the egg with a fork. Add 1 tablespoon water. Use a brush to coat the 3 exposed edges of your stromboli (short, short, and 1 long edge) with egg wash. 
  • Carefully roll up the long edge of your stromboli, starting with the one edge that didn’t get the egg wash. Roll it tightly so that it stays together. 
  • Seal the seam with wet fingertips, then roll over the stromboli so that the seam is facing down. Seal the ends with wet fingers, folding the dough underneath if there is extra. 
  • Transfer the stromboli to a baking sheet or pizza stone.
  • Brush with melted butter or the extra egg wash. Whatever is most handy. I actually used a little of both.
  • Sprinkle the stromboli with Parmesan cheese, then sprinkle with black pepper. Use a sharp serrated knife to make shallow diagonal cuts on top of the stromboli.
  • Bake at 375 for 25-30 minutes, until the top is brown. If you are nervous that it’s not done, lift an edge with a spatula and make sure the bottom is brown. 
  • Let sit for a few minutes so you don’t burn your fingers off. Use a sharp serrated knife to chop into 8-10 slices. 
  • Sprinkle with fresh parsley and dip in warm marinara sauce to serve. 

Notes

*This links to a pizza crust that will make TWO 10-12 ounce pizza doughs. So clearly the answer is to double this recipe and make 2 Strombolis :)
**You will need a total of 1 and 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella for the whole recipe. 
One more thing, I don’t think this recipe is overly spicy with the pepper jack cheese, but if you are very sensitive then just use all shredded mozzarella. 

Nutrition

Calories: 1145kcal | Carbohydrates: 96g | Protein: 61g | Fat: 58g | Saturated Fat: 25g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 20g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 195mg | Sodium: 3806mg | Potassium: 485mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 984IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 478mg | Iron: 7mg
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Calories: 1145
Keyword: classic, easy dinner, quick appeitzer, stromboli
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Comments

    1. Hi Adela! Yes, I think that would work. Cover it with plastic wrap that you have sprayed with nonstick spray. I wouldn’t leave it in the fridge more than about 4 hours. Enjoy!

  1. 5 stars
    I have read the comments. I love this recipe! My son wants it for his birthday. Can I make it. Roll it in parchment and foil freeze. Then thaw and bake the day of the birthday. I am feeding 14.

    1. Hi Valerie! I think that’s a great idea! I think it will work fine. I would be concerned about lots of veggies in your stromboli, as they will release more moisture as they thaw. Maybe stick to just meat and cheese as the recipe indicates. Also, when you thaw in the fridge, I would brace the wrapped stromboli against something to help it maintain its shape as it thaws, if that makes sense. Let me know how it goes!

    1. Hi Deborah! I haven’t tried it but I think it would be fine. It won’t be quite as crispy and delicious the second time around. I would freeze, then thaw in the fridge, then heat in the oven at 350 until warmed through. Enjoy!

  2. You had me with the picture. I have never ever seen a Stromboli rolled. This is going to be amazing. Rolling it has to be a taste game changer. So excited to try this.

  3. Howdy, Karen!

    I am in love with your recipes! Thank you for the clear instructions. The details that you give help this inspiring “chef” out.
    Question: I am wanting to make this for my church. (We have dinners on Sunday night and the next one is “Italian” themed.) I know that I will need to make several of these, but I was wanting your thoughts on the best way to prepare so that they are still warm and fresh when it’s time to eat. Do you think it’s best to make the dough the day before, assemble them right before I leave my house, and then bake during church? Or do you think it’s possible to already have them baked BEFORE leaving my house and keeping them warm somehow for a couple of hours? Is it even possible? Am I crazy? Wait! Don’t answer that. ;) Anyway… thoughts?

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Brittany! So happy you are enjoying the recipes, thanks for telling me! I think you can totally do this stromboli ahead of time. Personally, it sounds like a nightmare to transfer several raw strombolis. I would bake ahead of time at home on Sunday, bring them to the church and keep them on warm in the oven, covered so they don’t dry out. You can definitely try baking them at church but I feel like it would be a little stressful! Hope this helps! Also, it’s important to remember that stromboli is actually delicious at room temp. So even if it cools while serving, don’t stress about it. Still tasty.

      1. Oh, no. It DEFINITLY sounds like a nightmare! But that’s my life. My tombstone will probably say “she always bit off more than she can chew”. Awesome! I have never made it before so I wasn’t sure what sitting in the oven on warm would do; whether it would dry it out or make it hard. I really appreciate your thoughts! Thank you!

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