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Ultimate Stromboli Recipe

4.96 from 146 votes

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Do you know how to make Stromboli? With this step-by-step Stromboli recipe, you’ll be an expert on making this pizza-inspired appetizer!

But First, What is Stromboli?

Now, do you know what Stromboli is? I was first introduced to this magnificent appetizer when I worked as a server at Boston Pizza. They had these on the menu {along with these} and I became obsessed with them. SO yummy and one of the most popular items on the menu.

In a nutshell, stromboli is basically a pizza roll. You roll the pizza dough out into a rectangle, cover with sauce, top with meat and cheese, roll up, cut in some slats, bake and serve. Super simple and totally do-able for the home cook! When you make these, people will think you’re a rock star because they are so good.

Honestly, this is just a different way to eat pizza. People go nuts over this because it’s something they don’t see every day. Pizza is just plain ol’ pizza. But stromboli! Well, you just became 16 times cooler because you served this instead of pizza at your Superbowl party. Shall we make some? Okay!

Stromboli Recipe Ingredients

For this stromboli recipe, I used a more traditional set of ingredients. Salami, ham, mozzarella, and parmesan!

However, just like pizza, you can customize it to your liking. Spinach, artichoke, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, chicken, pepperoni, and sausage are all different ingredients you can experiment with!

How to Make Stromboli

With these step-by-step photos, this recipe is super easy to make. So for full details, including increments, on how to make this stromboli recipe, see the recipe card down below!

  1. Start out by spreading your pizza dough out into a rectangle on a baking sheet. I used my Fail-Proof Pizza Dough Recipe because it is in fact fail-proof. And  I also used parchment paper because I didn’t want to have to clean my baking sheet after this hot mess was done baking. Lazy Mom’s unite! Feel free to use the straight-up pan.
pizza dough on a parchment lined baking sheet
  1. Spread pizza sauce over most of the dough, leaving a 3-inch border. I use Prego marinara because it’s way cheaper than a teeny tiny bottle of actual pizza sauce.
Pizza sauce on half of the rolled out pizza dough
  1. Grate some cheese, please! And sprinkle half over the top of the sauce. Keep that plain, sauce-less dough alone! No touchy!
sprinkling cheese on top of pizza sauce on rolled out pizza dough
  1. Now fish around your fridge for some meat. I used my pepperoni up without realizing it so I used salami. Lay those slices out over the cheese.
salami slices on top of cheese on top of sauce all over rolled out pizza dough
  1. And because you can, lay some ham over that wham bam slam…..ma’am. Jam. I can’t stop.
ham slices topping all the other toppings on rolled out stromboli dough
  1. Sprinkle the last of the cheese over top of the meat and that’s the filling!
sprinkling on more cheese onto the unbaked stromboli
  1. Crack an egg into a bowl and whisk it up. Now brush that edge with it.
brushing egg onto dough
  1. Fold up the two shorter sides about an inch and brush these little flaps with egg too.
folding dough to seal the edges of the stromboli
  1. Now roll that baby up as tight as you can! You want to end up with that strip of plain dough on the bottom of this whole stromboli.
rolling up stromboli dough
  1. Brush this fat baby with an egg.
brushing unbaked stromboli roll with egg wash
  1. Then cut slats in the top, and sprinkle with cheese and parsley.
stromboli dough rolled up with slats and herbs on top
  1. Bake this bad boy 8-10 minutes or until it looks golden and bubbly. Hello lover.
baked stromboli

How to Serve

Wait a few minutes before you slice and serve. And beware of all that raging ooey-gooey cheese. Right out of the oven it’s hotter than the fires of hell. So, watch yourself.

Serve this stromboli recipe with extra sauce if you feel so inclined. It’s about at this time people start worshiping the ground you walk on because these are so doggone good.

stromboli sliced on a plate with a saucer of pizza sauce

If You Liked This Stromboli Recipe, Try These!

So there you have it, folks! A perfect snack, meal, or appetizer. Try this stromboli recipe today!

The printable recipe card is dowl below, enjoy! πŸ™‚

4.96 from 146 votes

Easy Stromboli Recipe

Do you know how to make Stromboli? With this step-by-step Stromboli recipe, you'll be an expert on making this pizza-inspired appetizer!
servings 4 servings
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins


  • 1/2 lb. pizza dough I used my fail-proof recipe
  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
  • 9 slices salami
  • 7 slices deli honey ham
  • 1 egg beaten
  • dried parsley optional
  • parmesan cheese optional
  • extra pizza sauce for dipping, optional


  • Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Line large rimmed cookie sheet with parchment or spray lightly with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Spread pizza dough out on baking sheet to be approximately 10×16. Spread pizza sauce over 2/3’s of the dough lengthwise, leaving a 3×16 rectangle of plain dough along one of the edges. Top sauce with half the grated cheese, salami and ham. Top with remaining cheese.
  • Brush the plain strip of dough with the egg. Fold in the sides about an inch and brush them with egg. Roll up like a jelly roll lengthwise starting along the long edge of dough topped with all the fillings and ending with the plain strip of dough on the bottom of the roll.
  • Brush the entire stromboli with egg and gently cut slats in the top of the dough every 1-2 inches. Sprinkle parsley and cheese over top and bake in the lower third of the oven for 8-10 minutes or until bubbly and golden.
  • Remove from oven, cool 5 minutes and slice into pieces. Serve with more pizza sauce.


If your stromboli burns before the inside is baked,Β  your oven may run hot! Be sure to bake stromboli in the lower half of the oven for best results.


Calories: 490kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 120mg | Sodium: 1888mg | Potassium: 365mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 475IU | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 228mg | Iron: 2.9mg
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: how to make stromboli, stromboli, stromboli recipe

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  1. Elke

    5 stars
    Lauren! Thank you for this recipe! I made it tonight and it was a huge hit with my family. I think I didn’t roll the dough out thin enough, so the inside of the roll was still raw dough at the end of the 15 mins. But I covered it in foil and baked it at 350 for another 20 mins or so and it turned out perfect!

    I am so grateful to you for your blog! I have tried the hasselback garlic cheese loaf (most delicious and dangerous thing ever invented! LOL) Thank you for being so awesome! And inspiring me to try cooking/baking more, because I thought I didn’t enjoy it, but I guess I didn’t enjoy most of the recipes I made before! And now you come along!! πŸ™‚

  2. Sara

    5 stars
    I made these tonight for dinner and they were great!! My picky 3 and 5 yr olds even loved them! I made one with prosciutto instead of ham and it was amazing and amazingly easy!!! My hubby kept saying “These are so good!” πŸ™‚ Thank you!!!

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  4. Elizabeth

    No sure what happened to mine. Baked six minutes at 500. Top was way too cooked (parmesean burned, crust too dark/hard to easily cut) but inside was doughy. Had to bake another 10 mins at 400 to get the inside to cook properly. It might be worth mentioning that this does not “sit” well before baking. I made these and left them a couple of hours before baking. They had risen further (nearly double again) and after baking they smelled yeasty (yeast went wild while waiting to be baked). Did get some rave reviews for it but I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. Will try again and bake right away and see if that makes things better. Thanks.

  5. JEN C

    5 stars
    We just finished eating and I had to come back to tell you that my hubby said this the best thing I’ve ever made. πŸ™‚

    I used Rhodes frozen bread dough (because I’m super lazy) & just the egg white (yolk allergy). It came out perfectly. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

  6. Kathy E.

    5 stars
    I just made this tonight and it is FABULOUS! I had pinned another of your recipes from Pinterest and that lead me to the stromboli recipe. I used the entire ball of dough and filled it with turkey sausage, turkey pepperoni, onions, mushrooms, peppers and mozzarella along with Barelli’s marinara. It was quite impressive to take to the table. We loved this! Thanks Lauren!

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  10. Shyla Yade

    5 stars
    I just found your website and made this stromboli and the cheesy garlic pizza too. Both were sooooooo delish and went like hot cakes. The only problem I had was getting the bottom of the stromboli to cook. Any suggestions on getting it to cook evenly? I even heated up the oven with my pizza stone in it. Either way I’ ll def be making this again!
    Thank you!

  11. Kim

    I’ve been making the same stromboli for years, except I add sauteed mushrooms and onions, and use pepperoni for some and italian sausage, or ground beef for others. Basically everyone gets what they want! Can also use frozen pizza dough or bread dough, both turn out great. Thanks for pinning this, I haven’t made it in a while.

  12. JehanP

    My heart sang when I saw this..I’ve been craving this for quite some time but won’t make it because of my strict diet. I would of course add pepperoni to mine cause I am a serious pepperoni lover.

  13. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

    Oh yum! I haven’t made stromboli in awhile, we love it here! I usually make mine with sausage though. Really going to have to try this soon!

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  15. Peggy

    I made 4 of these today to feed to the jr high teen group tonight. I have to admit I used my own dough recipe because it has never failed me, until tonight…. it tasted delicious but the dough never did rise. So next time…. (this coming weekend!) I’ll be trying your dough recipe or maybe I should check my yeast… it does have a bit of age on it! πŸ™‚

  16. Lisa

    On my way to the store to pick up ingredients for this little log of awesomeness. The Mr. and my termite of a son are in for a real treat! I better make two. Thanks for the recipe, Lauren!

    1. Lisa

      BTW, I went to the bakery counter at the grocery store and asked for two frozen loaves of french bread dough…thawed it out and used it instead of the ‘fail proof’ recipe. It may be fail proof but it’s not ‘lazy proof’. I needed a nap first because after all it IS Sunday and this momma needs to get her sleep on before the week starts. My guys LOVVVVED it! Thanks again!

  17. Kim B.

    Yummmm!! Your instructions made me LAUGH!! You are sooo funny!! I don’t have a facebook or I would’ve voted for your ADORABLE daughter, what a cutie!! Best wishes with that πŸ™‚

  18. Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)

    Oooh, you worked at Boston Pizza!!!! My favourite meal from there, that I still order whenever I go, is a perogy stromboli. It is not on the menu anymore, but they still make it for me πŸ™‚ LOVE.

  19. Chels R.

    Stopping by from Deb’s Blogger Spotlight and following you now too πŸ™‚ I love this Stromboli idea. I’ve never had it nor really knew what it was, but I think this would be a lot of fun to make. I think my kids would get a kick out of it. I’m pinning this now πŸ™‚

  20. Jennifer | Mother Thyme

    I know what I’ll be making for our Superbowl party! Simple, and delicious! ps: I just voted for your little girl too; good luck! πŸ™‚

  21. Kristy

    Found you through Deborah’s Taste and Tell Blogger Spotlight. I love stromboli. I used to make it at least monthly to eat with the kids. Somehow I’ve totally forgotten about it. Thank you for the reminder. πŸ™‚ And I’m very much looking forward to the lemon cheesecake creme brule bars you mentioned in your spotlight. Hello!!! Sounds amazing. πŸ™‚

  22. Erin

    I am really glad you posted this because somehow no matter how many times I try I have not been able to successfully make one of these at home. Definitely going to use this next time.

  23. Laurie {Simply Scratch}

    Oh lordie! I so want to curl up with this! Lauren wanna come over for lunch!? You bring the stromboli and I’ll bring the wine spiked cookies, deal?

  24. Julie @ Table for Two

    oh heck yes! this is awesome, lauren. i love strombolis. i always get them when i go to pizza pubs or italian restaurants. they’re so filling and yours looks so good. i love all the ingredients stuffed inside!! and the cheesy goodness!!

      1. Linda

        Yes, but that dough is sweeter than a pizza type dough typically is, so consider whether that is or is not acceptable to you.