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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776 Comments

  1. Really very nice

  2. This recipe was awesome! I’d been craving it ever since I saw it. I made it with ham, deli pepperoni, and provolone. Made some marinara for the dipping sauce! I appreciated Sally’s video to show how much space to leave. The filling does, indeed, shift a bit as you roll!

  3. I really enjoyed making this recipe and eating it too! It’s simple, visually pleasing, and crispy deliciousness!
    My 2.5 played with some of the dough for hours!!! It was sweet.

  4. This recipe was great! Made two absolutely delicious strombolis. I used Sally’s whole wheat pizza crust dough rather than the regular pizza dough recipe, and it turned out great and still very flavorful!

  5. Leslie Perkins says:

    My husband and I absolutely loved this recipe! We made a pepperoni, black olive, mushroom, provolone, and mozzarella stromboli and it was delicious. Can’t wait to use my second dough ball!

  6. So happy to try this recipe. These turned out so good. I froze one for a meal later in the month. My husband loved the ham and cheese one. The one I froze is turkey, cheese and broccoli. Can’t wait to try that one. The cheese I used in both is provel. A staple from my hometown of St. Louis. I am just so happy that they sell it here in KC.

  7. My boyfriend said it was the best thing I had ever made! I used mozzarella cheese and made it vegetarian by subbing the meat for spinach and mushroom sautéed with olive oil, salt, and crushed red pepper

  8. I made one with pepperoni, salami, provolone, and mozzarella in the quantities Sally recommended. The other was just the cheeses. I topped with Parmesan and Italian seasoning and we dipped in pizza sauce. They were delicious and the recipe was very detailed. My only issue was that the fillings exploded out the side. I recommend really making sure you have a good seal of the dough on that last roll.

  9. This was delicious! I missed the line in the recipe about not using small pepperoni slices, and that’s all I bought when I went shopping for ingredients. But I was careful not to use too many and was extra careful rolling it up, and it still worked out. So, it worked in a pinch and didn’t ruin the recipe. Thanks for another great recipe Sally!

  10. I love Stromboli and your pizza dough recipe is the perfect dough! I made one with ham and cheese for my 10 year old and the other one had ham, sautéed mushrooms, fresh spinach, and cheese. The egg wash is a nice touch, i will definitely top all future Stromboli’s

  11. My family all loved this recipe, including my three children who are all a little picky. I also love this makes two so I can put one in the freezer for another day.

  12. This came out so good I was really pleased with myself :). The dough was amazing and I managed to copycat fillings from a pizza place I used to love that I no longer live near. I think mine even turned out better than what I remember that pizza place tasted like! Thanks for sharing such a yummy recipe.

  13. Jennifer Sparkman says:

    YUM!!!! Your sandwich bread recipe is my all-time favorite so I knew this would be delicious!! And I was right, incredible!! Thank you so much!! We LOVED it!!

  14. Being from Australia I had no idea what a Stromboli was but it was delicious! My sauce was pasta sauce with fresh herbs, my filling was mild salami, cooked onion and capsicum (red and yellow peppers) and grated cheese. I put my egg wash into the same bowl that my sauce and herbs had been in to get a little bit of extra flavour into the crust. My husband loved it and I will be making it again, we are already discussing flavour combinations.

  15. Loved making this. At first was intimidated but after I made the first one, the second was a breeze.

  16. Kevin Raftery says:

    Great recipe I forgot to split it in half and make two, instead I made one giant one but it still worked great, just had to bake it longer

  17. Laura Horton says:

    Delicious! The dough worked up really nice. Sally’s instructions, video and recipe were great!

  18. The Stromboli’s were very tasty and a hit with our kids who can be picky eaters (pepperoni & cheese in theirs). My husband and I did pepperonis, mushrooms, cheese and banana peppers and marinara for dipping so tasty!!!

    Tip: Make sure to use floured hands when rolling, it helps with the stickiness and rolling it tight.

    Can’t wait to try a ham and Swiss cheese version next time. The possibilities are endless!

  19. Jamie Rodriguez says:

    Delicious! I was worried that this would be labor intensive and it really isn’t that bad! We did pepperoni, fresh mozzarella, italian seasoning inside, and a side of homemade marina sauce for dipping! So good! I did have some leakage from the cheese because I forgot to cut the vents on top but it held its shape. The dough was so good! My teenage son said it was his favorite part of the recipe!

  20. Leanna Armstrong says:

    I was nervous but excited about making this Stromboli. I read the recipe a few times and watched the video provided. When I finally made my Stromboli, I was amazed how easy it was. I was even more amazed how great it came out and how wonderful it tasted.
    I used pepperoni, mushrooms, red peppers, and of course mozzarella cheese.
    I appreciated the tips given with the recipe explaining the need to cook the vegetables.
    This recipe is definitely a keeper.

  21. WOW! What a surprisingly easy recipe to make! I was very intimidated by the length and detail of the recipe at first, but soon realized how perfectly written the directions were! Very simple to follow! SO DELICIOUS! Highly recommended for any party or get together!

  22. Tara Hammond says:

    This recipe turned out so tasty! We did one with pepperoni, canadian bacon, and cheese and another with ham, turkey, and cheese. They both turned out great. Such a fun addition to the dinner rotation.

  23. Dough recipe is great.
    We made a Stromboli and a pizza and they were both fabulous.

  24. So happy I got over my fear of making dough, this was easy. I did have side blowout but I researched it and came to the conclusion that it was because of under proofing. Should have used the oven as advised. Still came out great and I’m placing into my summer patio party cookbook.

  25. I followed the directions exactly and was so grateful for the video about how to roll it. They turned out beautiful and I don’t know the last time my husband raved about dinner as much as he did about this. Thanks for a great recipe! #challengereview

  26. Absolutely delicious! The recipe is really easy to follow

  27. This recipe helped me learn how to make a really great pizza dough, and to use what I had on hand for the fillings.

    When Sally says you can fill these with just about anything, she is completely right! I’m amazed at the diversity possible. I did cold cuts and cheese, and I’m excited to try it again with some veggies next time!

  28. This was incredible and so much fun to make! Perfect wintertime bake. I froze half the dough and am looking forward to when I make my next Stromboli.

  29. Another win of a recipe! Clear instructions, and the video was helpful for understanding how to roll it up. Turned out beautifully. If you’re using only cured meats (salami and pepperoni, like us), you might dial it back a little from the 1/2 lb rec, to cut down on grease. Happy to have the other half of the dough already ready for next weekend!

  30. This is the perfect Sunday family meal. Fun to make, kid friendly, and so darn good. I love that it makes two for double the deliciousness. Tastes just like, or even better than, the ones we get at our favorite pizza shop. Love when you include savory meal ideas, Sally! You’re a double threat by mastering the sweet AND savory!

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