Monday, August 13, 2012

The Truth About Stromboli

Have you ever read a book by Sarah Dessen? If you're a female within a few years of my age, I hope you say yes. If you're not, I pretty much expect you to say no. But let me warn you now, this will not be the only time I'll post about one of her books.

Essentially, her books are teenager chick flicks. They're perfect for reading on the beach or on a lazy afternoon when you need a bit of an emotional catharsis, but nothing too thought-provoking. Most of her books tend to be similar, with one exception (and that book happens to be my favorite and is called This Lullaby). 

Right now, though, I'm writing about another of her books, The Truth About Forever. It really captures the "getting to know you" stage of a relationship, and it's also about… (drumroll) a catering company! One of their dishes involves ham and biscuits, hence today's recipe.

I made stromboli for Boyf's birthday dinner last week, and today is my brother's birthday.
So happy birthday, gentlemen! Here is a plate.

I think it would be fun to work with an active catering company, but my experience with that world is pretty much limited to this book, and I promise that don't have any unrealistic illusions about the real world (Okay, maybe I have a few).

This book is not a literary masterpiece, and I'm the first to admit that. But as a lover of books, I find that I don't want to discriminate. I can enjoy an easy-to-read young adult novel just as much as a well-established classic and I can enjoy a fast food cheeseburger just as much as a gourmet steak.

This week's recipe is straight from my childhood, a wonderful contribution by my lovely momma. She used to make this for us pretty regularly, and that still wasn't enough. Her stromboli is full of delicious, thin, salty layers and thick, soft, bready bits, and is the perfect consistency for dipping into spaghetti sauce. And the best part? I have recently learned that it is ridiculously easy to make. Sorry to spoil the secret, momma! You still always make it better than I do.


1 package refrigerated pizza dough or French bread
Slices of meat! I used salami, ham and pepperoni slices
Mozzarella cheese (grated)
Parmesan cheese (grated)
Pizza or spaghetti sauce
Optional: mushrooms, onions, sausage, olives, etc. Get crazy!

1. Preheat oven according to bread package.  

2. Unroll the bread and place on lightly greased cookie sheet.  

3. In the center of the bread, layer the meats and top with a generous amount of mozzarella cheese. If you're adding other ingredients, throw them in now, too (In my most recent batch, I threw in some sauteed onions and mushrooms).

4. Roll up the bread and seal the sides so it doesn't leak out.  Place it seam side down on the cookie sheet. 

5. Spread butter on the top and sprinkle with the parmesan cheese.  Bake for about 15-20 minutes (the bread and the cheese on top will just barely start to brown).  

6. Let it cool for a few minutes and slice it up!  Serve with spaghetti sauce.

We usually make double batches, for two reasons. 1) It goes quickly and 2) it makes fantastic leftovers.

This meal is best served with your favorite wine, for in vino veritas... and a good book.


  1. You guys requested this for dinner almost weekly. I would always secretly cheer because it is so easy to make. I'm glad that boyf likes it :)

  2. i remember your mommy's stromboli. yum,yum, yum. i have a question, have you tried Scott Conant's stromboli (like the one at Scarpetta)yet? let me know when you do. keep up the great work, honey. look forward to your blogs. i love you.:)by the way, what does url mean? the only thing i could come up with is "united rural landowners". well that's it.

    1. I haven't made his stromboli yet, but I'll let you know if I do!