Sourdough Vegetable Stromboli

| 4/14/2016 10:04:00 AM

Vegetable StromboliStromboli, like its cousin the calzone, is a flexible way to combine favorite toppings and bread. I’ve been making a ham/cheese/pickle stromboli for decades now. It has become a holiday favorite. Even when the children are spending Christmas with the in-laws they request a loaf of ham stromboli. But as a vegetarian, I am always experimenting with meatless stromboli versions too.

This particular version combines favorite Italian vegetables like tomatoes, artichokes and peppers with lots of cheese. All are stuffed into a sourdough pizza dough.

What is Stromboli?

Basically, stromboli is cheeses and other ingredients like vegetables or meats, all rolled or stuffed into bread dough and then baked. Stromboli is similar to a calzone, but it is loaf shaped instead of a folded round. When sliced, each piece of stromboli looks like a spiral. Think of stromboli as a bread version of the jelly roll, while calzones are a bread version of turnovers.

What to Consider When Making Stromboli

Use your favorite pizza toppings like thinly sliced pepperoni or spinach leaves in your stromboli, but go easy on the sauce.

Sometimes I add a little tomato sauce to the filling, but often I just serve sauce on the side. Too much sauce or wet vegetables will leave your dough sticky, especially if you use a sourdough base. Sourdough adds flavor to stromboli and helps it stay fresh longer, but you can make stromboli using any pizza dough recipe.

Make Your Own Sourdough Starter

It really isn’t difficult to make your own sourdough starter. You can use the method I prefer, found on my website Make Your Own Sourdough Starter. Or follow the methods found in earlier Mother Earth News articles, including Creating Homemade Sourdough Bread From a Starter Mix, and a previous blog post, A Beginner’s Guide to Sourdough.

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