How to Make Homemade Stromboli

Fill this Homemade Stromboli with your favorite meats and/or cheeses like pepperoni, ham, prosciutto, provolone, mozzarella, and so much more. I make it from my homemade pizza dough, a simple 6 ingredient dough that stays soft on the inside and develops a wonderfully crisp crust. There’s only 1 rise needed, which gives you enough time to prep any fillings. Roll out the dough, brush with a little butter and garlic, arrange fillings on top, then roll and bake. Stromboli makes a wonderful meal, but also works as an appetizer or game day snack.

pepperoni and salami stromboli slices on white plate

Tell Me About This Homemade Stromboli

  • Flavor: This recipe is more like a guideline because you can customize it with your favorite various fillings. Stromboli is a pizzeria menu staple where I grew up in Philly and I usually make it with Genoa salami, deli pepperoni, provolone, and mozzarella cheese. I love brushing the dough with melted butter, garlic, and fresh parsley for added flavor. Garlic powder, dried herbs, or even an Italian seasoning work wonderfully on the dough too. Or spread your favorite pizza sauce on top– see recipe note below. Flavoring/filling options are endless.
  • Ease: Looking at the recipe below, you may be intimidated by its length. Don’t be nervous– I wrote the recipe in extreme detail in case you have questions along the way. I work well with visuals, so I include step-by-step photos and a video tutorial too. Overall, I’d say this is an intermediate recipe. The dough is pretty straightforward. Shaping/filling/rolling is easy, but take the time to review this post and directions before you start. No matter how your baked stromboli looks, you’re eating crust/cheese/meats/garlic/and maybe some sauce. It’ll be delicious, I promise.
  • Time: There’s no arguing that homemade dough takes time, but the results are always worth the effort. Luckily this dough only requires 1 rise and you can prep your fillings as you wait. It will take you a little less than 3 hours to complete the full recipe.

sliced pepperoni stromboli

Video Tutorial


Stromboli from Pizza Dough

You can make 1 stromboli with 1 pound of store-bought or homemade pizza dough. Even though store-bought dough is convenient, I encourage you to try this homemade dough. It requires just 6 basic ingredients and about 60-90 minutes of rise time.

2 Important Notes on my Pizza Dough:

  • My pizza dough yields about 2 lbs of dough, which is enough for 2 strombolis or 1 stromboli + a batch of cheesy breadsticks, 1 pizza, or even 8 garlic knots.
  • I don’t recommend halving this dough recipe. You can try, but for absolute best results, make the full recipe. If you only need 1 stromboli, freeze the other half of dough for another time. I promise you’ll want to make stromboli again.

It’s really handy to have 1 all-purpose dough that works in many different ways; you’ll appreciate its ease and versatility. I use this exact dough for ham & cheese pockets and pepperoni pizza rolls, too.

2 images of homemade pizza dough in a ball and rising in a glass bowl on counter


Stromboli Fillings

Options are endless. If it works as a pizza topping, it will probably work as a stromboli filling. You can’t really go wrong because if you’ve used too much filling, you won’t be able to roll the dough up.

  1. Base: Butter + garlic + parsley is a great spread for the dough before adding other fillings. Feel free to use more garlic and parsley or swap parsley for another herb or Italian seasoning. You can also use pizza sauce. See below.
  2. Meats & Cheeses: Make sure any meat you use is cooked. You can use 1/2 pound of various sliced meats per stromboli, this could be about 20 slices per stromboli but that depends on the thickness of the meat. Some meat suggestions are capicola, salami, soppressata, prosciutto, deli ham/turkey/roast beef, and/or pepperoni. Avoid using small pizza pepperoni slices. For best results (and flavor), use large pepperoni slices from the deli counter. You want about 1/2 pound of cheese per stromboli as well. If using shredded cheese, I recommend 1 and 1/2 cups per stromboli. If using sliced deli cheese, I recommend 10-12 slices per stromboli. You can also mix– I usually use 6-8 large slices provolone and 1 cup mozzarella cheese.
  3. Only Cheese: If you want a meat-free stromboli, still use the recommended amount of cheese. If you add more, it may spill out the sides or be difficult to roll and slice. Feel free to add vegetables. See next.
  4. Veggies/Herbs: Other filling ideas, instead of or in addition to meats/cheeses, are a layer of cooked mushrooms, cooked chopped broccoli, or cooked sliced peppers (blot excess moisture if you can), spinach, or basil leaves (chopped or whole). For a meatless stromboli, 2 cups of vegetables per stromboli (plus your cheese) works well.

Want to add pizza sauce? You can add pizza/marinara/tomato sauce to the filling. Feel free to skip the melted butter and garlic (or leave it on, doesn’t matter) and spread 1/2 cup of sauce onto each rolled out dough before layering on the meats and cheeses in step 6.


Step-by-Step Photos

After you punch down the dough, divide it in half to make 2 strombolis. You can freeze half for another time if desired.

2 pizza dough balls

Roll each out into a (roughly) 10×16 inch rectangle and spread with garlic butter.

dough in the shape of a rectangle with butter and garlic spread on top

Sprinkle with fresh parsley or desired herbs, then layer on meats and cheeses, leaving a 3 inch gap on top and 1 inch gap around the edges. Brush edges with egg wash, which helps keep everything sealed.

rectangle shape of dough with deli meats and cheese arranged on top

Roll up, tucking in the ends. Do this slowly and make sure the roll is tight.

rolled up log of dough

Brush with egg wash, sprinkle with coarse salt, pepper, more herbs, or a little cheese. (Toppings are optional.) Cut 3-4 slits on top for air to escape.

stromboli on baking sheet before baking

baked stromboli on baking sheet

Bake until golden brown, then cool for 5 minutes before slicing. It’s flaky and crisp when it’s warm– totally irresistible. Pizza or marinara sauce is great for dipping! If you ever need a homemade sauce to try, we really like Beth’s homemade pizza sauce.

stromboli with Genoa salami, pepperoni, provolone, and mozzarella cheese

Stromboli Vs. Calzone

And, finally, here’s a quick explanation if you’re interested. Stromboli and calzone are not the same, though they can be prepped with the same ingredients. The difference is their shape. Stromboli originated in Philadelphia by restaurant owner Nazzereno Romano and is rolled like a cinnamon roll, baked as 1 long log, then sliced. Italian calzones originated in Naples, are folded in half like a semi-circle or half moon, then baked and served individually. Both can be filled with the same ingredients, though a calzone usually includes ricotta (something a little too wet for stromboli) and both are usually brushed with an egg wash to help seal the edges and provide a golden crisp crust. Lots of love for both!


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stromboli with Genoa salami, pepperoni, provolone, and mozzarella cheese

Homemade Stromboli (Yields 2)

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes
  • Yield: two 16 inch strombolis (about 12 slices each)
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

Use this dough recipe and the filling/toppings below to create 2 Homemade Strombolis. See all recipe notes before beginning because you can save half of the dough for another time or make other dishes with it (such as pizza or breadsticks). More filling suggestions, helpful step-by-step photos, and a video tutorial are included in the post.


Ingredients

Homemade Dough for 2

  • 1 and 1/3 cups (320ml) warm water (between 100-110°F, 38-43°C)
  • 2 and 1/4 teaspoons instant or active-dry yeast (1 standard packet)
  • 1 Tablespoon (13ggranulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons (30ml) olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 and 1/2 cups (450gall-purpose flour (spoon & leveled), plus more for hands and work surface

Fillings for 2

  • 3 Tablespoons (43g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced (or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder)
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley (or 1 teaspoon dried)
  • 1 pound thinly sliced meats such as Italian cold cuts, deli ham, or large pepperoni slices*
  • 3/41 pound cheese (about 3 cups shredded or about 16-20 slices deli cheese)*

Egg Wash & Topping for 2

  • egg wash: 1 large egg beaten with 1 Tablespoon water
  • optional: a light sprinkle of chopped fresh or dried parsley, flaky/coarse sea salt, ground pepper, Italian seasoning, and/or grated or shredded parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Whisk the warm water, yeast, and granulated sugar together in the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with a dough hook or paddle attachment. Cover and allow to rest for 5 minutes. *If you don’t have a stand mixer, simply use a large mixing bowl and mix the dough with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula in the next step.
  2. Add the olive oil, salt, and flour. Beat on low speed for 2 minutes. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. With lightly floured hands, knead the dough for 3-4 minutes (for a visual, watch me do it in the video above!). The dough can be a little too heavy for a mixer to knead it, but you can certainly use the mixer on low speed instead. After kneading, the dough should still feel a little soft. Poke it with your finger – if it slowly bounces back, your dough is ready to rise. If not, keep kneading.
  3. Lightly grease a large bowl with oil or nonstick spray– just use the same bowl you used for the dough. Place the dough in the bowl, turning it to coat all sides in the oil. Cover the bowl with aluminum foil, plastic wrap, or a clean kitchen towel. Allow the dough to rise at room temperature for 60-90 minutes or until double in size. If using instant yeast, this takes about 1 hour. (Tip: For the warm environment on a particularly cold day, heat your oven to 150°F (66°C). Turn the oven off, place the dough inside, and keep the door slightly ajar. This will be a warm environment for your dough to rise. After about 30 minutes, close the oven door to trap the air inside with the rising dough. When it’s doubled in size, remove from the oven.)
  4. Preheat oven to 400°F (204°). Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  5. Shape the dough: When the dough is ready, punch it down to release the air. Divide in half. (If you aren’t making 2 strombolis, freeze the other half of dough. See freezing instructions below.) On a lightly floured work surface using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll each half of dough into a 10×16 inch rectangle. I like to use my hands to square off the edges, as shown in the video above. If the dough keeps shrinking as you try to shape it, cover it lightly and let the dough rest for 10 minutes before trying again. (The gluten just needs to settle.)
  6. Add fillings: Mix melted butter and garlic together. Spread all over each rectangle. Sprinkle each with parsley. When you start layering on meats and cheeses, leave a 1 inch border on the bottom and sides and a 3 inch border on top. (Basically you’ll have an empty 3×16 inch gap on top that only has butter/garlic on it. This is because when rolling, the fillings will be pushed forward. See photos and video above if you need a visual.) Arrange a layer sliced meats onto each dough, usually about 8-10 slices on each depending on size and thickness of slices. Add a layer of cheese. Repeat with more meat and cheese until all is used– about 1/2 pound meat and 1/2 pound cheese per stromboli. Brush all edges with egg wash, including 3 inch gap at the top. This helps the stromboli hold its rolled shape. Slowly roll each into a tight 16 inch log, folding in the two ends as you roll. See me do this in the video above. Dust your hands or the dough with flour if things become too sticky. Carefully transfer each to lined baking sheets. Pinch or tuck in ends to seal if they became unfolded.
  7. Brush each stromboli with egg wash and, if desired, optional toppings. Using a very sharp knife, cut 3-4 slits into the tops of each, which helps steam escape. At this point, you can cover shaped stromboli tightly and refrigerate for up to 8 hours.
  8. Bake for about 25 minutes or until crust is golden brown– if you have an instant read thermometer, the center of the stromboli should be at least 200ºF (93ºC). If meats are particularly greasy (like pepperoni), some grease will spill out the sides. Cheese may bubble out the sides or top slits, too. If baking both at the same time, rotate pans halfway through baking and extend bake time (if needed) by 2-3 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes before transferring to a cutting board and slicing.
  9. Serve plain or with pizza/marinara sauce for dipping.
  10. Cover and store leftover stromboli (slices or whole) in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Notes

  1. Freezing Dough: This dough recipe is the same as my pizza dough recipe. It yields 2 strombolis. After the dough rises and you divide the dough in half (step 5), you can freeze half of the dough. (If you want to freeze all of this dough, I recommend you still divide it in half and freeze separately.) Shape half or halves into a ball(s). Lightly coat all sides of the dough ball(s) with nonstick spray or olive oil. Place the dough ball(s) in a zipped-top bag and seal tightly, squeezing out all the air. Freeze for up to 3 months. To thaw, place the frozen pizza dough in the refrigerator for about 8 hours or overnight. When ready to make stromboli, remove the dough from the refrigerator and allow to rest for 30 minutes on the counter. Continue with step 5, punching down the dough to release air if needed.
  2. Overnight Dough Instructions: To prevent these notes from getting too crowded, see pizza dough post for overnight dough instructions.
  3. Refrigerate Shaped Stromboli Ahead of Time: See end of step 7.
  4. Freezing Shaped Stromboli Before Baking: Instead of freezing the dough as a whole, you can freeze the shaped stromboli before baking. Fill and roll stromboli as directed in step 6. Do not cut slits or add egg wash (step 7). Carefully place filled/rolled stromboli on a piece of plastic wrap. Sprinkle with flour to help prevent sticking. Wrap up tightly. To preserve freshness, I recommend a layer of aluminum foil over the plastic wrap as well. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw, still wrapped, in the refrigerator for 24 hours. Brush with egg wash, add optional toppings, and cut steam slits. Place stromboli on a lined baking sheet and bake as directed. Since stromboli is pretty cold going into the oven, it will take a couple extra minutes to bake.
  5. Freezing Baked Stromboli: Allow baked stromboli to cool completely. Wrap in plastic wrap or aluminum foil (or a layer of both), and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw, still wrapped, for just 1 hour at room temperature. Bake, lightly covered with aluminum foil, in a 350°F (177°C) oven for 30 minutes.
  6. Amount of Dough/1 Stromboli: My homemade pizza dough, written in this recipe above, yields about 2 lbs of dough, which is enough for 2 strombolis. If you only want 1 stromboli, freeze half of the dough as noted in step 5 or make a pizza such as extra cheese pizza, margherita pizza, or BBQ chicken pizza or a batch of cheesy breadsticks. If you’re only making 1 stromboli, make sure you halve the filling ingredients. For the egg wash/topping ingredients, it’s difficult to halve the egg, so whisk 1 egg with 1 Tbsp water, use as directed, then discard any leftover. (You’ll have leftover egg wash even if you’re making 2 strombolis.)
  7. Fillings & Vegetable Stromboli: Butter + garlic + parsley is a great spread for the dough before adding the meats/cheeses. Feel free to use more garlic and parsley or swap parsley for another herb or Italian seasoning. You can also use pizza sauce. See next note. Use 1/2 pound of various sliced deli meats per stromboli, this could be about 20 slices per stromboli but that depends on the thickness of your meat. Avoid using small pizza pepperoni slices. For best results (and flavor), use large pepperoni slices from the deli counter. You want about 1/2 pound of cheese per stromboli as well. If using shredded cheese, I recommend 1 and 1/2 cups per stromboli. If using sliced deli cheese, I recommend 10-12 slices per stromboli. You can also mix– I usually use 6-8 large slices provolone and 1 cup mozzarella cheese. For a meatless option, you can add cooked mushrooms, cooked chopped broccoli, or cooked sliced peppers (blot excess moisture if you can), spinach, or basil leaves (chopped or whole)– 2 cups of vegetables per stromboli (plus your cheese) works well. Options are endless here. You can’t really go wrong because if you’ve used too much filling, you won’t be able to roll it up.
  8. Want to add pizza sauce? You can add pizza/marinara/tomato sauce to the filling. Feel free to skip the melted butter and garlic (or leave it on, doesn’t matter) and spread 1/2 cup of sauce onto each rolled out dough before layering on the meats and cheeses in step 6. If you ever need a homemade sauce to try, we really like this homemade pizza sauce.
  9. Egg Free: Skip the egg wash if needed. You can brush each shaped stromboli with 1 Tablespoon melted butter instead.

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547 Comments

  1. Philadelphia roots and no note on making a cheesesteak version?

    1. Hi Debbie, it’s been years since I’ve made a cheesesteak stromboli but there’s plenty of recipes online you can try— provolone, cooked onions, and roughly chopped cooked steak would be great.

  2. Hi Sally,
    Do you have a favorite pizza sauce/marinara we can make with this?

    1. Hi Patti, have you tried this one? https://www.budgetbytes.com/thick-rich-pizza-sauce/
      It’s a favorite. If the link doesn’t work, copy/paste the URL in your browser. I really like Beth’s recipes. Maybe a reader can chime in with their tried-and-true favorite. I’m always looking for more to test out.

    2. Catherine Davis says:

      RAO’s tomato basil is my favorite.

    3. Debbie, our family LOVES this recipe!
      https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/17319/exquisite-pizza-sauce/

      TIP: Omit honey & anchovy paste. Add cayenne pepper based on your preferred spicy level. Omit if you don’t like spicy. I hope this helps : )

      1. Oops! Sorry — Patti : )

  3. Hi Sally,
    Happy New Year! Is it possible to substitute 1:1 Italian 00 flour for the AP flour in this recipe? During the earlier days of the COVID pandemic, and there was a run on flour, this was the only flour i could get my hands on and I have quite a bit. I believe I can but want to be sure. Thanks so much.

    1. Hi Rose, Happy New Year to you as well! Yes, you can substitute 00 flour.

  4. Yum! I love strombolis and these look amazing.

  5. I used double OO flour and filled it with Mushroom and Olive. This is so good my husband and I ate most of it just between us

  6. Sheila Calnan says:

    Just had some of this wonderful creation. Made ham w/mozzarella. Only made one and the other is in the freezer.
    Thanks for another great recipe….have always liked how good and easy your pizza dough was.
    Email has been sent. Hope it goes through, as your in box and my in box, must be on the outs with each other. Never received the notice that the challenge recipe was posted. But, thanks for trying to fix it.

  7. Hi Sally – do you have any suggestions on making a vegetarian (not vegan) stromboli? Other than just mozzarella & parmesan cheese?

    1. Hi Donna, did you see my suggestions in the notes? I especially like cooked mushrooms and cooked chopped broccoli. Both are great with provolone and/or mozzarella. 2 cups of vegetables per stromboli works well.

  8. Would a combo of AP, bread and /or wheat flour work?

    1. Hi Alexis, you can use a blend of those flours if you’d like. I also have a whole wheat pizza dough that’s heartier than this version, but it should still work here.

  9. Can you use bread flour?

    1. Hi Heidi, absolutely. Use the same amount.

  10. Sally just made this today. Was a big hit. Next time I’m going to make some Using my homemade meatballs. I have found the BEST recipe for meatballs. Then dip with a little marinara sauce. YUM Happy New Year Sally.

  11. Looks fabulous! I hadn’t even heard of stromboli until last year when we visited New York.

  12. This was delicious! I was so happy to bake something other than sweets since I made my fair share of cookies this December. I have only used yeast once before, but your step by step instructions are fool proof and mine turned out great!

  13. Made this today and it was excellent! Thank you for another awesome recipe!

  14. Simple and delicious! The dough was so easy to work. Hubby and two year old gave it two thumbs up.

  15. Any recommendations on what would work as a good substitute for the egg wash? My daughter has an egg allergy.

    1. Hi Danielle. Per Sally’s Notes section (above), #9 says you can just use butter instead of egg wash. Good luck with it! I’m just signed up for the challenge emails today and will be getting the ingredients this week to try it next weekend. How fun!

    2. You could just use olive oil or even a bit of milk.

  16. This looks delicious! Do you think it would work with your whole wheat pizza dough as well?

    1. Hi Tessa, the whole wheat pizza dough should work here.

  17. Deanna Nunley says:

    Such a fun and delicious recipe. Easier than calzones or pizza. We all loved it

  18. We just made this recipe, it was an awesome idea. Thank you Sally for giving me this idea for dinner.

  19. I made this stromboli for supper, and my whole family absolutely LOVED it! I have tried several of your recipes, and every single one turned out wonderfully! I will totally be making this recipe again! Thank you for such great recipes!!!

  20. My 9 year old daughter and I made this for dinner tonight and it was so easy and delicious. A hit with the whole family! We made only one and used the other half of dough to make your cheesy breadsticks, which were also delicious. We love all of your recipes!

  21. So easy and delicious! I made it with pepperoni and cheese. Better than takeout for sure. Can’t wait to make it again and play around with different fillings.

  22. Elaine Pacholek says:

    Terrific! Don’t care for pepperoni so used browned crumbled sweet sausage. Now I want to pull the other half of dough out of the freezer!

  23. Lindsay C Ortman says:

    Really easy to make and super good! We made one with buffalo chicken and one with ham, turkey and veggies. Thanks!

  24. Made this one for the first time tonight and let me tell you, amazing.

  25. Cleo Johnson says:

    I’ve baked and cooked so many different foods, but have never made Stromboli. I used the ingredients I had on hand; ham with Swiss and sharp cheddar, and my family loved this recipe. I baked both tonight and glad I did as we now have dinner in the frig. The dough was really easy to make. We’ll be making this again! Thanks for sharing. Happy 2021!

  26. Maryann Crawford says:

    We made this as a family to start the year off right! We had so much fun all of us together. It was absolutely delicious, my 12 year old even asked for seconds!

  27. Holly McElroy says:

    Thanks for having a wonderful challenge this month. I made two Stromboli’s and I think it will last us all week. The dough was perfect! Soft in the inside and crispy on the outside. Superb! We used pizza sauce instead of the garlic butter cause I have an addiction to pizza sauce! Ha!

  28. Excellent way to use up any random cheeses, veggies, and meats in your fridge!

  29. Great recipe! Easy to follow steps – kids absolutely loved it and decided it’s a new favorite!

  30. I’ve been making Philly-style stromboli for years. I grew up outside of Philly. Love that yours is authentic–too many online which aren’t.

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