Pizza Stromboli

Pizza Stromboli

This is one recipe that all the kids agree on, they love it.   If you like pizza, then you’ll love this recipe too! I’m always met with smiles whenever the kids find out Pizza Stromboli is on the menu.

What is a stromboli? Well I’m glad you asked 😉

Stromboli is a type of turnover filled with various cheeses (typically mozzarella) and Italian meats or vegetables. The dough used is either Italian bread dough or pizza dough.

Stromboli was invented in the United States in the 1950s. It was named after the Italian film Stromboli.

A stromboli is somewhat similar to a calzone. A calzone is a baked turnover stuffed with pizza ingredients. A stromboli is usually made by rolling up dough that has been topped with pizza ingredients and then baking it. A calzone is crescent-shaped, and a stromboli is usually shaped like a long rectangle. A calzone is served with tomato sauce on top of it or on the side, while a stromboli generally has the tomato sauce inside it. The question is complicated by the fact that there is some variation in what constitutes a stromboli.     Source: Wikipedia

So you see there’s even discrepancies in the stromboli world!!


I don’t even remember where I found this recipe,  but I’m glad I did and the kids are too. I’m still not 100 % convinced this is an authentic stromboli because it’s not rolled.  But what else are you gonna call it? A braided pizza bread maybe? Either one, it’s sure to become a favorite at your house too.

After I started making this recipe I stopped making calzones.  This feeds the kids more because of the shape and they love helping with the dough.

This recipe starts with my Artisan Pizza Dough.  You could easily use your own recipe or store bought crust. Trust me folks, pizza dough is one item that is sooo easy and cheap to make.  In fact, the kids make it all on their own! Once you start making your own crust, you won’t ever go back to the sad store bought pizza crusts ever again!

I took step by step photos of the little kids making it. I thought it would’ve been handy to see a visual.  But my stupid camera messed up and it ate the pictures?? Don’t ask me how that happened. It’s the same way the computer does weird stuff that it’s not supposed to. LittleChefsDad calls it something strange, user error,  I call it stupid technology. Yes, I’m aware I used the word stupid, twice. Technology irritates me….



Give this recipe a try. It’s super fun for the kids to do. My kids just love playing with dough.  This would also make a great mummy, a centipede, snake, or something else that’s wrapped .


Pizza Stromboli

Serves: 2 strombolis

Fill dough with your favorite pizza toppings. Heated pizza sauce served on the side makes a great dip!
  • 1 cup pizza sauce, divided
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, divided
  • toppings of your choice
  • 4 TBLS butter, melted, divided
  • Italian seasoning
  • garlic powder
  • Parmesan cheese
  1. Make Artisan Pizza Dough
  2. -divide in half
  3. -roll out to fit baking sheet (use parchment paper)
  4. -use ½ cup pizza sauce, put in the middle all the way down, do not spread to the edge
  5. -add toppings and cheese on top of pizza sauce in the middle
  6. -cut 1" diagonal strips up to the filling only, on each side
  7. -alternate laying strips of dough on each other
  8. -melt 2 TBLS butter, add Italian seasoning and garlic powder.
  9. -brush over Stromboli dough, sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese.
  10. -Bake 375° for 20 minutes


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