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!
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.
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!
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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- 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
- Preheat oven to 375º.
- On a piece of parchment paper, roll pizza dough out to a rectangle approximately 12 x 16 inches.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 500 Total Fat: 32g Saturated Fat: 14g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 16g Cholesterol: 127mg Sodium: 2243mg Carbohydrates: 9g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 4g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 41g