Its that time of the year, no not the holidays, football time! And with football comes football parties and with football parties comes party food. What do guys love to eat? Chicken wings, chips, cheesy dip, and pizza with pepperoni. Adam and I always struggle when we order pizza. He loves pepperoni and I hate it. I always win. But in honor of the football season I decided to let him win for once. I came across a recipe for Stromboli on the blog Liv Life and I decided I had to give it a try - for Adam - and the possibility of it being a great quick and easy party food.
So that is how I came to make something with pepperoni in it. I followed the recipe pretty much exactly. It calls for ham, pepperoni, cheese, and bread - a winning combo (except for the pepperoni). The thing I did differently was instead of using a frozen loaf of bread like the recipe suggests, I used a Pillsbury french loaf. I was unsure how it was going to work, but it turns out it was really easy to unroll the Pillsbury french loaf at the seam and lay it flat. So easy, and that way you don't have to worry about defrosting frozen dough.
It was so easy and came out beautifully. Adam loved it and it would be great party food.
I even liked it, despite the pepperoni, in fact it was a good way to get me to consider liking pepperoni. But really, do I need to like pepperoni? I like almost everything else that is bad for you, I don't think I need to add another to the list.
I can't wait to try other combos. Next time I think I'm going to do turkey, roasted red peppers, and cheese.
Recipe for Stromboli modified very slightly from Liv Life - check out her blog for step by step pictures.
*Using a Pillsbury French Loaf yields a smaller Stromboli than the original recipe, so I modified the amounts*
Serves 2 as a meal or 4-6 as an appetizer - depending on how big you make the slices
1 Pillsbury French Loaf
6-8 slices deli ham
appx 15 - 20 slices of pepperoni - I used Hormel low fat pepperoni and used about 1/3 of the bag
1/2 Teaspoon dried oregano and 1/2 Teaspoon dried basil OR 1 teaspoon pizza seasoning
1/4 Teaspoon garlic powder
6 slices provolone cheese
3/4 cup mozzarella cheese
1 Tablespoon butter
- Take the Pillsbury French Loaf out of the can set on baking sheet. Find the seam and carefully unroll into a flat sheet.
- Layer ham leaving room at the ends to fold the dough over. Layer pepperoni. Sprinkle with seasonings. Layer cheese.
- Fold the long sides together to meet in the middle and press the seam together. Fold the ends over this seam. Flip so seams are facing down on baking sheet.
- Brush top of loaf with butter.
- Bake according to Pillsbury French Loaf instructions.
- Serve hot with warm marinara for dipping.
peace, love, pepperoni?, and happiness!