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!

This Easy Stromboli Recipe can be tweaked to use your favorite meats and cheeses. You can go the simple route and simply roll up your stromboli or make it extra fun with an easy braided topping.

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

Why You Must Make

  • I whipped up this braided stromboli for a game-day lunch. It’s perfect for couch noshing, if you’re so inclined, and your nerves permit.
  • You can tweak it with your favorite fillings. Shake up your meat and cheese selections.
  • Use your favorite pizza fillings as a guide. The options are endless.

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.

Ingredient Notes

  • Kitchen Staples – Olive Oil, Egg White
  • Pizza Dough (enough for one pizza) – Homemade or store-bought. I’ve linked the recipe I used below.
  • Mustard Mayonnaise Sauce or favorite Mustard – I used Durkee’s Spread
  • Genoa Salami – 8 slices
  • Deli roasted turkey – 8 slices
  • Prosciutto – 8 slices
  • Provolone cheese – 6 slices
  • Mozzarella cheese – 6 slices
  • Fresh Chopped Basil or Dried Basil – I used a couple of teaspoons of fresh basil
  • Parmesan Cheese – Use freshly grated, never the green can on the grocer’s shelves.
  • Marinara – For serving, optional
Braided Stromboli on a white serving tray.

How to Make

A braided stromboli is so easy and I guarantee there will be NO leftovers.

  1. To make it super easy, start with store-bought pizza dough. Homemade dough is a tasty option if you have the time.
  2. Roll it into a rectangle and smear it with mustard.
  3. Then layer with your favorite deli meats and cheeses. Note that Mozzarella is traditional.
  4. It’s easiest to roll it up jellyroll style. Make sure to seal the seams to minimize the cheese leaking out as it melts. But “braiding” makes a beautiful presentation if you’d like to try my version!
  5. Glaze with an egg wash to give the crust a nice sheen.
  6. Bake, let cool, slice, and enjoy with a side of marinara for dipping.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Difference Between a Stromboli and a 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 are cut into strips, then alternately folded over the filling, creating a version of a roll. 

Is a Stromboli Italian?

The stromboli is a specialty of Philidelphia. This Italian-American dish is traditionally made of pepperoni or other meats and mozzarella wrapped in pizza dough. The name “stromboli” came from a volcano off of Sicily and is a Greek word meaning round.

Overhead view of a braided stromboli on a white platter.

I used my recipe for pizza dough to make this 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 Recipe

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

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


  • 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 the pizza dough out to a rectangle approximately 12 x 16 inches.
  3. If braiding, spread mustard sauce over the center of the dough lengthwise.
  4. 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.
  5. Cut strips from edge to filling at about ¾-1 inch intervals on both sides of the filling.
  6. 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.
  7. Whisk the egg white with water and brush over top of the braid.
  8. Slide loaf and parchment onto a baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes till puffed and browned.
  9. Cool for 5-10 minutes before slicing.
  10. Serve with marinara, if desired


I used this Pizza Dough Recipe.

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 a baking sheet. Cut a few slashes across the top of the roll. Brush with egg wash and bake as directed above.

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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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