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Mom’s Stromboli

★★★★★

  • 1 recipe Homemade Pizza Dough, or 2 store bought frozen bread dough, thawed
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • ½ lb. hot Italian sausage, casings removed and broken up
  • 1 can pizza sauce
  • 2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 4 ounces pepperoni
Make pizza dough according to directions or thaw bread dough.
Brown ground beef and sausage. Drain. Mix in enough pizza sauce to moisten (it shouldnʼt be soupy).
Roll out ½ of the pizza dough (or 1 loaf bread dough) into a rectangle about 11×7-inches. Put pepperoni in a single layer on several pieces of paper towel and cover with more paper towels and cook in microwave 1 minute on high to remove some of the grease and crisp slightly.
Line 12 to 14 pepperonis down middle of dough lengthwise. Top with ½ cup of cheese, then ½ of the meat mixture.
Add another layer of ½ cup of cheese, then 12 to 14 more pepperonis.
Dampen edges of dough with water. Bring the long edge closest to you, up and over filling. Press down just on the other side of filling. Bring long edge of the other side toward you and tuck under stromboli. Press ends to seal and tuck under. Place on greased baking sheet and cut 3 diagonal slits across top.
Repeat with other half of dough (2nd loaf of frozen bread dough).
Bake at 350ºF for 20 to 30 minutes until lightly browned. They can be wrapped in foil and frozen when cool for another time. and leave wrapped in foil. Bake until heated through.

I was practically raised on this! Admittedly I cannot make it as well as Mom can. I don’t know what I do different, it’s not a hard recipe, but it never taste the same. One of my biggest problems is remembering to let the bread dough thaw! I ended up making mine with Pillsbury’s Thick Crust Pizza Dough. Instead of 2 loaves we got 1. The other half of the meat mixture went into the freezer for another night.

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