Saturday, October 23, 2010

Simple Red and White Strombolis

Hey Kids!

So today, I decided to get off my staycation butt and put together one of Jon and I's favorites, a stromboli. Jon and I first fell in love with the stromboli at this place in Attleboro, MA, La Strada. Friends that I worked with at the Emerald Square mall introduced me. It was love at first bite. (insert cheesy chuckle)

I always ordered the buffalo chicken stromboli, which is just to die for. Jon does not like buffalo anything so he usually got something like chicken parm or meat lovers.

This stromboli is made up of both whole wheat and all purpose flour to try to save on some calories. I also used my Marinara Sauce which is filled with veggies and not too much sugar.

The wheat dough recipe makes 2 strombolis, 1 thick crust pizza or 2 thin crust pizzas. So, you could just take the dough recipe and make a pizza or continue on to the stromboli construction.

The beauty of a stromboli, just like a pizza, is you can get really creative with your ingredients. You could make a Chicken Caesar, Buffalo Chicken, Italian BMT, Ham & Bacon, possibilities are limitless. I bet it would be so much fun to get the kids in the kitchen to help add the toppings or fillings also. I made two strombolis today, one red, one white. Very simple with the sauce, chicken, and lots of cheese.

Pizza Dough

1 1/4 cups warm water
1 tsp granulated sugar
1 packet active dry yeast
3/4 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup all purpose flour

In Kitchen Aid mixing bowl, mix warm water with sugar until dissolved. Top water mixture with yeast packet and set aside until yeast is foamy, 8-10 minutes. Add olive oil and salt. Using dough hook on mixer, add in flour in 1/2 cup increments until both wheat and all purpose flours are fully incorporated.

Knead dough for about 3-5 minutes, until smooth. Cover with more olive oil and set in mixing bowl on side. Cover with towel and allow to rise for about an hour. Once dough is about double in size, separate into two pieces. Knead each ball again until smooth and set aside to rise for another 45 minutes.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Once both pieces have risen, flour work surface. Using a rolling pin, stretch dough into rectangular shape about the length of the rolling pin. Repeat with second piece of dough. Add desired toppings or fillings and bake for 20 minutes.

Red Stromboli
6 servings- 176 calories each

1/2 cup Marinara Sauce
1/4 cup grated Romano cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
1 cup shredded chicken

White Stromboli
6 servings- 276 calories each

1/2 cup Alfredo sauce
1/2 cup Ravioli filling
1/4 cup grated Romano cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
1 cup shredded chicken

Layer ingredients on top of pizza dough. Here are some pictures on how to form the stromboli. First tuck in the sides. Next, pull dough from top over and pinch sides to create pocket. Then, pull dough from bottom over and pinch sides and top to seal. Make 4-5 slits in stromboli. Sprinkle top of dough with house seasoning or salt and pepper. Bake for about 20 minutes, until outside is crispy.



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