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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. 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) 1x
  • 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

Scale

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 (438gall-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: sprinkle of chopped fresh or dried parsley, sea salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, and/or 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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Reader Questions and Reviews

  1. This was an easy and delicious recipe to make. I really liked the addition of the butter and garlic on the dough. I had lots of cheese and meats leftover from an event I had at my house and I was getting tired of making sandwiches. So I was able to use them all up in this Stromboli recipe. I have ideas for future ones so I am looking forward to making this again.

  2. Super yummy! I loved the pizza dough so much. It was a bit hard for me to decide on what to use as a filling, since there are so many options out there… In the end, I decided to put some turkey deli meat, mozzarella & gouda in one loaf (brushed with butter and garlic, as you suggested), and the other one had sundried tomato paste, Black Forest ham, and mozzarella in it. I sprinkled both with some grated Parmesan, dried oregano, and coarse sea salt. I didn’t have any issues with rolling up the dough or the filling falling out etc. It was really delicious, and I’ll definitely be making this again! Thanks! 🙂

  3. Great recipe! I made the cheese bread and the Stromboli. I was a little disappointed that my bread was undercooked in the middle but perfect on outside. I ended up slicing my Stromboli and cooking it a little more on its side. Any tips?

    1. Hi Mike, We are glad you enjoyed this recipe and found a way to make it work for you! If you try it again and happen to have an instant read thermometer, the center of the Stromboli should be at least 200ºF (93ºC). If you find the outside has browned before the center is finished you can loosely cover it with aluminum foil while the center finishes baking.

  4. Very good instructions and excellent recipe. Great looking result esp. w/ the suggestion of herbs on the crust – would not have thought of that. This will become a favorite in our family.

  5. Wish I could post my photo here…this Stromboli was such a beautiful tribute to my father-in-law for the ofrendas on this, Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Thank you for sharing the recipe. Definitely a keeper.

    1. Thank you so much for giving this a try and for reporting back, Netha. If you’d like, feel free to send us your photo at sally@sallysbakingaddiction.com — we’d love to see it!

  6. This recipe was amazing! We have tradition of making Stromboli every Friday night and your recipe is perfect!
    I have to triple this recipe to make enough for our big family and it works very well! Thank you for another great recipe Sally!

    1. Like all of Sally’s recipes, this is another winner with the easiest instructions to follow. We made one meat Stromboli and veggie for me as I am a non-meat eater. My veggie Stromboli had a bit of an explosion, though. As I type this, I think I figured out what I did wrong. I put all two cups of sautéed veggies in one Stromboli. I should have only done one cup, huh? While I have you…is that 2 cups of veggies raw or sautéed? Thanks!

  7. I’ve made them with Boursin cheese & Black Forest Ham. Another was made with sautéed broccoli Rabe & sausage meat. Still another with roasted red peppers, mozzarella & basil or mozz & sun dried tomatoes in oil. It’s a great way to use up those antipasto ingredients. They were a big hit at a party & so easy if you buy the dough already made. Delish!

  8. I’ve made the pizza stromboli and now will try an apple cinnamon one.
    This is such a fantastic recipe, Sally. Thank you for posting. Your recipes and website are one of the few I go to.

  9. Sooooooooo, I made deep dish pizza AND calzones, yesterday.
    I mixed up the doughs and did the extra butter rub and roll() on this dough recipe.
    Let me tell ya- it turned out absolutely amazing.
    Super crisp and extra flaky, yet it was still tender and crunchy.
    It really checked all the boxes for this guy!
    Thank you so much for your recipes. Whenever i need a recipe, I now add “Sally’s” to the search bar.
    Ttfn

  10. Tried your Stromboli recipe today for the first time. Taste great simple recipe with easy to follow instructions. However both of the Stromboli’s I made split down the length of the Stromboli. Have you ever experienced that if so what would have caused it. I don’t believe I rolled them too tight or put too mush ingredients in them.

    Thanks

  11. I’m always a bit skeptical of internet recipes, but Sally hasn’t let me down yet. The garlic butter takes this over the top. Thanks.

  12. This recipe is amazing! My family really enjoyed eating it and I will definitely make this again!

  13. We have recipes that are “Keepers” and this was definitely one of them. My almost 13 year old’s immediate reaction was, “Mom, this is awesome!”, then she went back for seconds. I made one stromboli and put the other half of the dough in the freezer. I used melted butter and garlic powder, and my toppings were pepperoni, sauteed onion, bell pepper and mushrooms, shredded cheese. Took a bit of time to make but worth it!

  14. Sally I just love this recipe!! Like always, YOU NAILED IT!! I would like to share a little “hint” that I do, sometimes the deli pepperoni can be a little greasy…what I do is line a microwave safe dish with the large pepperoni rounds and microwave them for about 15 seconds, then I take paper towel and pat the grease out of them… I’m telling you since doing that, it is a game changer!! Love you and love your recipes…can I come and bake with you some day!! lol…Maria in NJ <3

    1. So glad you love this recipe, Maria! Thanks for your tip 🙂

  15. This recipe was a great find. I’m a decent scratch baker, so I found this recipe to be super easy to follow and the product was super tasty.

  16. Great Recipe!! I was using my pizza dough recipe that seemed too thick. This recipe is the perfect thickness and gets nice and crispy even without the egg wash. Made one with diced ham and cheese, the other with black bean burgers chopped up and cheese, added sauteed mushrooms and onions to both. Big Hit with my family. Will be making on a regular basis.

  17. I used the instructions on overnight dough and have it in the fridge. I’m hoping that a 14-hour rise isn’t too long? New baker. Timing is really an issue for me! I like to prep a lot in advance and baking just does that ‘zen’ slow down for me. Thank Sally!

    1. Hi Cheryl, Up to 12 hours is really best for this dough. But if it needs to be in the refrigerator for longer, use cooler water in the dough which will slow the dough’s rise and allow for more time.

  18. Turned out fantastic! I used both the butter and homemade marinara sauce and it tasted like it came right out of a pizza parlor!

  19. I just made this, and it was phenomenal! Easy to make with clear instructions, and the result was the best stromboli I’ve ever had in my life

  20. This Stromboli recipe was so delicious! I did the recipe for the dough plus I did half the amount to make 3 stromboli’s to accommodate my family’s size. 2 were made with the meats (large pepperoni slices, ham and ground sausage) with mozzarella cheese. The third I made the same way but added vegetables (freshly sliced bell peppers, onions and mushrooms) and it was amazing!
    I will definitely be making this recipe again!

  21. Delicious. I had never worked with yeast before, it was a nice experience given all the instructions/explanations on the site. 5 stars, my work area was cleaned before thet came out of the oven. I wish I could have added a photo, they are beautiful….and so tasty.

  22. Tried this recipe tonight. Very easy and was a major hit with my husband and me. Thanks!

  23. Sounds WONDERFUL. Did I miss what baking temp should be? I saw 25min until internal temp is 200.

    1. The oven should be at 400°F (204°C). Hope you enjoy the recipe!

  24. My boyfriend didn’t have high expectations, but two bites in, he said “Is this the kinda recipe that freezes well, I feel like we should fill our freezer with this, it’s so good!”. And that is exactly one of the reasons why I love this recipe as well; with half of the dough in the freezer, it’ll be a super easy dinner in the future. Furthermore, it’s easy to make (thanks to Sally’s great instructions) and it’s delicious! I made half with pesto and pine nuts and half with tomato sauce and salami.

  25. Looks great! Question. I have 3 dough balls about 280g each. Could I bake 3 stromboli on a baking stone using the same time and temperature?

    1. Hi Adam, Each of our stromboli use about 1 pound of dough (our dough recipe makes 2 pounds). Your’s will be smaller so you can use the same temperature but the bake time will be less.

  26. If I’m using store bought pizza dough .. how long should I let it sit out before I roll it?! Nervous but excited to try your recipe!

    1. Hi Lauren! If the dough is ready to go, you’ll just want to let it come to room temperature. Hope you love this Stromboli recipe!

  27. This was the first time I ever made my own pizza dough and I was a little nervous about it. Your directions were so detailed and clear that it took that fear away and the results were amazing!! I have made similar stromboli in the past but with store-bought dough and without all the added suggestions such as the butter/garlic spread and the seasonings on top. Even you giving the info on the 200 degree internal temperature was such a help because I’ve had the experience of having them underdone in the middle. Everything turned out perfectly and this will definitely be an added recipe in our house! Thank you for the time you put in to making things so easy to do. I echo many of the others’ comments that when I see your name on a recipe, it’s one of the first I go to. You have had so many great ones!!

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