Stromboli stuffed with Italian sausage, garlic, red peppers, cheese and tomato sauce is a great alternative to pizza.
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Everyone likes pizza. Isn't that a statement of fact? Sometimes, though, it's good to switch things up. That's where stromboli comes into play. Containing all the same ingredients in a different package, it's a customizable crowd-pleaser that can be prepared many ways. Ours is stuffed with sausage, garlic, and red peppers.
Stromboli can be a somewhat contentious term, and depending on who you ask, definitions vary somewhat drastically. We know what it's not—but while stromboli is neither calzone nor submarine sandwich, it's also not terribly distinct. So, what is it? Making stromboli begins with a dough—sometimes pizza, sometimes bread—that's stuffed with various cheeses and Italian cured meats. The fillings are encased in the dough—sometimes braided, sometimes rolled—then baked, and finally sliced to serve.
A Stromboli is made of bread or pizza dough, stuffed with various cheeses and Italian cured meats that is then rolled or braided to encase the filling before baking.
Editor's note: Philly food writers Joy Manning and Tara Mataraza Desmond drop by each week with Meat Lite, which celebrates meat in moderation. Meat Lite was inspired by their book, Almost Meatless. Like so many of my favorite "Italian" foods,...