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Braided Stromboli Recipe

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This Braided Stromboli Recipe filled with meats and cheese is an easy, yet elegant treat to bring to a tailgate, game day party or casual dinner! Use store-bought pizza dough to shorten your prep time!

Braided Stromboli on a square white plate with a sprig of basil

Stromboli Recipe

I whipped up this braided stromboli for a game day lunch. Perfect for couch noshing, if you’re so inclined, and your nerves permit.

My football-loving family is so thrilled that their favorite teams are in action once again. I get daily updates on who is on injured reserve and love hearing the chatter extolling the talented moves of their favorite players. But I’m the one family member who is more interested in making the perfect meal or snacks on game day than actually watching the game.

Dinner definitely cannot be served until halftime. And on those uber-important playoff days, we often have to wait till the game is over before digging in. Nervous stomachs are their excuse for the delays. Sigh.

Braided Stromboli on a white serving tray

What is the Difference Between a Stromboli and Calzone?

There are similarities, of course, but stromboli and calzone are two different foods made with pizza dough and cheese.

According to Bon Appetit, think of a calzone as a taco and stromboli as a burrito. Tacos are folded and burritos are rolled. Note that the formation of my stromboli is a variation of rolling. Instead of laying half the ingredients on one side of the dough and folding the top over, two sides of the dough is folded over the filling, creating a roll. 

A braided stromboli is so easy and I guarantee there will be NO leftovers. Take your favorite pizza dough, either store-bought or homemade, smear it with mustard, then layer with deli meats and cheeses. It’s easiest to just roll it up jellyroll style, but if you want to get fancy, give a plaited version a try!

Overhead view of a braided stromboli on a white platter

I used this recipe for pizza dough to make my stromboli. You will only need half the dough for one stromboli. Or buy your favorite store-bought or pizzeria dough for a shortcut!

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Braided Stromboli on a square white plate with a sprig of basil

Braided Stromboli

A braided bread filled with meats and cheeses! Perfect for game day!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Yield 4-6 servings


  • Pizza dough (enough for one pizza), homemade or store-bought. I've linked the recipe I used below.
  • 2 tablespoons mustard mayonnaise sauce or favorite mustard, I used Durkee's Spread
  • 8- slices Genoa salami
  • 8 slices deli roasted turkey
  • 8 slices prosciutto
  • 6 slices Provolone cheese
  • 6 slices Mozzarella cheese
  • Fresh chopped basil or dried basil (I used a couple of teaspoons of fresh basil)
  • Olive oil
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Egg white mixed with a teaspoon of water
  • Marinara, for serving, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 375º.
  2. On a piece of parchment paper, roll pizza dough out to a rectangle approximately 12 x 16 inches.
  3. If braiding, spread mustard sauce over center of dough lengthwise. Layer on meats, cheeses, basil then a sprinkle of Parmesan leaving an inch without toppings at both short ends and about 3-4 inches without toppings along both long sides. Drizzle with olive oil if desired.
  4. Cut strips from edge to filling at about ¾-1 inch intervals on both sides of filling. Then flip the untopped dough at both short ends over the filling, and start alternating strips starting at one end and folding over the filling, first from one side, then from the other, stretching a bit if needed to cover the filling.
  5. Whisk the egg white with water and brush over top of the braid. Slide loaf and parchment onto a baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes till puffed and browned. Cool 5-10 minutes before slicing.
  6. Serve with marinara, if desired


If you'd prefer a more traditional stromboli, spread toppings over all but the perimeter of the dough and roll up from one long side to the other. Place seam side down on baking sheet. Cut a few slashes across top of roll. Brush with egg wash and bake as directed above.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 500Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 127mgSodium: 2243mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 41g


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52 comments on “Braided Stromboli Recipe”

  1. Wow, you outdid yourself here!! That braid looks sooo perfect, couldn’t tell it from the pre-made kind from the store! Can only imagine how buttery and delicious it is. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I have been waiting for this recipe since your teaser on instagram. It looks so delicious.

  3. Wow, that would be one great football party with all the listed goodies! Love the melty pic of your stromboli Liz-Happy Game Day:@)

  4. I love stromboli. Your recipe looks amazing, and would be great for tailgating.

  5. Seriously Liz, you are a master at braiding dough. I aspire to be as good as you at it one day.

  6. What a beautiful way to present a stormboli. My husband loves wine.. we would definitely enjoy the meal and the wine pairing. I love how cute the little bottles are. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. This is one beautiful stromboli, Liz!! My mouth is watering just thinking about this on our home tailgating menu ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. The Aussie football season is coming to the end with grand finals (our Superbowl) coming up in all the footy codes. We support a Melbourne team that rarely wins a game so we’ll be backing someone else through the finals. I’m going to try your stromboli for next week’s game!

  9. OK, I haven’t had my coffee yet this morning, but I am assuming I would still need just half of your Margherita Pizza dough recipe. Right?

  10. Wow! Liz that braid is beautiful! and the picture with the oozing cheese has me drooling. This is the perfect game day food. I know my fam will love it for sure! Thanks for sharing this gorgeous recipe!

  11. Oh wow, I so love the criss-crossing in that bread. And the ham and cheese sticking like a tease!

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  12. Liz this is beautiful. What a great dish to serve on game day or even for a fun gathering like on Halloween. So pretty. I will definitely try your version. Perfectly done.

  13. It’s as easy as that? I wanted to make this last night but did something different which was good but it wasn’t this! I will be making this very soon!

  14. My dear Mom used to make a ham braid that was TDF and this post took me right back. How clever to use pizza dough, when I first looked at it I immediately thought of your laminated pastry.
    I love the laguiole knives you have in the photo. I bought our olive wood set from a lovely woman in Laguiole on ebay ( in those days they were not common at all).

  15. Oh Liz, I LOVE the cheese pouring out of this stromboli! And I totally hear you on waiting till halftime to eat. That’s what happens here!

  16. It has been a while since I have had Stromboli. My family would love this for game day. It looks delicious.

  17. This looks amazing Liz!! I’m putting it on my list to make for my husband and I’s next date night in!! Happy Sunday!

  18. Oh my! Your stromboli is gorgeous! Perfect for the big game or having any night of the week!

  19. Yes! I love it! Looks fantastic! Braid looks so perfect!

  20. I’ll take all the stromboli. Just pass the whole thing my way.

  21. Love love LOVE this recipe Liz! Look at that yummy cheese melting…..YUM!!

  22. My family is so happy it’s football season also. Your stromboli will be perfect for game time. Thanks!

  23. Oh my gosh, the braiding on this is gorgeous. And that cheese oozing out!?! I’d make a cheese-only version of this and be in total heaven.

  24. Yep. I can relate to waiting until a game break to eat but this might get me to break that habit.

  25. Liz, this is absolutely gorgeous. I can’t wait to try it for my family!

  26. Oh my oh my – this is almost too pretty to eat! I love the braided top, and I can definitely see why there wouldn’t be leftovers after putting this out for a party!

  27. I don’t like football but I could Watch any match with this food ! Looks amazing!

  28. Lizzy,
    I can’t resist this wonderful Italian recipe. My mouth is watering.

  29. Your stromboli looks like such a crowd pleaser, who could resist that gooey cheese?!

  30. I love Pinot Grigio and this stromboli would last all of 10 minutes if all of my boys were home.

  31. My nervous and excited tummy comes from thinking about trying to replicate your gorgeous Stromboli, LIz. But, I’m getting my nerve up to make this Stromboli..Question: I slather with mustard sauce, Parmesan and olive oil. And then flip over for meats and cheese, yes?

  32. Liz, gorgeous Stromboli! Perfect for tailgating or Pops in the Park events! Brilliant, well done!

  33. Whoa. I love this! Even though I have never actually tried stromboli before.. Looks amazing!

  34. I must bake this soon! It looks really tasty and tempting!

  35. If there’s an important game on, we always have to eat in front of the TV. Are you sure this stromboli is easy? It looks so professional and beautifully plaited. A perfect half-time snack as long as the nerves are in check to be sure xx

  36. Fantastic recipe Liz! Perfect for branch and a great alternative to pizza. Thank you for sharing it with all of us!:) We can’t wait to try it!

  37. I adore Stromboli! Your version look so good, all cheesy and gooey!

  38. Wonderful recipe!! my family would love it!

  39. Yum! A braided stromboli is the perfect tailgating recipe!

  40. I love stromboli and I plan on doing a post on it one day! My son decided one year to make them and sell them up at Red Rocks. He and a friend bought a 50 lb bag of flour from Costco along with everything else they needed and stayed up all night baking them-from scratch. You won’t believe the scene that greeted me when I woke up. Just imagine a 50 lb bag of flour in the hands of two college kids. My black counters were not to be found and that is all I’ll say! I did love making these, similar to the way you did here, and bringing them to school for the kids sports dinners! Yes, those were the days!

  41. Liz! That braid on top plus the oozing cheese. Now I want stromboli. This totally beats any pizza place.

  42. I love all of that cheese oozing out of there. This sounds wonderful, Liz!

  43. Oh my goodness, just like everyone said… The braid is perfection and wow this looks delicious.

  44. Your stromboli is absolutely gorgeous, Liz! My dad used to make stromboli when I was a kid and I haven’t had it in years…I would love to try your beautiful recipe!

  45. What a GORGEOUS stomboli, looks delicious!

  46. Stromboli is an often requested meal at my house, this looks wonderful! Love all that melty cheese!

  47. Making this for my family soon! They will go crazy for it!

  48. I love a delicious easy recipe that looks amazing!!!! Melty cheese gets me every time!!

  49. This looks fabulous, Lizzy! My mouth is watering…How I would love a slice of this ^_^

    I’m not too much into sports…I’m more about the food too ;D


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