Homemade Italian Stromboli
This stromboli was such a success. It almost burnt the house down! LITERALLY!
Funny Story Behind This Blog Post:
If you’ve been following my IG account – you know that I’ve recently finished my maternity leave and gone back to work. It’s been a rough couple of weeks for me.
To magnify my endless to-do list and boatload of things on my mind – we woke up to an ant invasion in the kitchen this week. Do the joys ever end?!
We did our best to eradicate the little buggers as best we could before heading off to work at 6:00 a.m. My mother so kindly put all of the perishable items from our counter – like the bread and our homemade donuts from earlier this week – into the oven for safe keeping.
When I arrived home from work, the ants had had a great day partying. In between taking care of three children, I spent an hour cleaning the counters! When I finally realized the time – I knew I had to start dinner. (Dinner? Ok. Actually… I was going to make Stromboli for the blog… AND THEN dinner. But dinner was on the agenda.) I preheated the oven and finished what I was working on.
No sooner than 2 minutes and the smoke detectors start BLARING! Oh. My. God. THE FOOD!!! I had completely forgotten that there was bread and tupperware containers in the oven! As a family who NEVER leaves trays or bakeware in the oven – it had completely slipped my mind! God only knows HOW I forgot… considering there was a note on the cabinet that said… BREAD IN OVEN!
WHAT AN IDIOT!!!!
I ran to open all of the windows and turn on the fans while smoke billowed out of the oven. All the while, my oldest son sat there playing his tablet. I started screaming – GET OFF YOUR TABLET!!!! I NEED HELP! (What the hell is wrong with kids and those damn tablets these days? I want to chuck them on the garbage I swear!) Hesitantly, he got up and started fanning the air near the kitchen smoke detector.
Cue baby screaming for a bottle. QUICK! You feed the baby while I clean the stove. Call me when the bottle is done!
The smell of the toxic burning plastic was unimaginable. It was awful. The melted plastic was everywhere… it had even seeped down into the bottom burners.
It was a MESS! The biggest mess my kitchen has EVER seen to-date!
My middle son slept through the whole ordeal – which has me REALLY worried. He probably thought to himself – Oh, Moms just cooking again– and didn’t even flinch!!!
Luckily, we got the entire meltdown of 17’ cleaned up. My step-father came over to help me while my husband was still at work. He took the entire oven apart and helped me to clean it. He even took the oven racks home and used a blow-torch to get off all of the adhered plastic.
Thankfully – the oven was salvaged – the house didn’t catch on fire – and I have no excuse not to make dinner this week.
Was the stromboli worth all of this hassle? Absolutely! Check out the recipe and baking directions below.
1/4 lb. American Cheese
1/4 lb. Domestic Ham
1/4 lb. Genoa Salami
1/4 lb. Hard Pepperoni
1 lb. Bread Dough
- Roll out the dough to 1/4-inch thickness.
- Layer the cheese and meat around the dough evenly.
- Tuck in the edges of the dough to prevent the juices and cheese from spilling out while cooking.
- Roll up the dough tightly into a log-shape and place on a parchment-lined baking tray.
- Beat the egg in a dish & add a small amount of water to create an egg wash. I use my hands to completely cover the stromboli with the wash.
390 degrees for 30-40 minutes until golden brown.