Tuesday, July 22, 2008

My husband's favorite meal


Before we married, I had never even heard of stromboli, but my yankee husband grew up eating it and absolutely loves it. Nothing about it is healthy at all, its many ingredients are expensive, and it takes a while to prepare, so we rarely make it. However, Sunday we did. The way he traditionally makes it is with layered ham, pepperoni, hard salami, american cheese, mozzarella cheese, and parmesan cheese wrapped up in white pizza crust. It's truly a hearty man's meal (yes, even hearty men who used to be in the bell choir)! This time we decided to be adventurous.

First, we used the KitchenAid to make a hearty whole grain dough (with whole wheat pastry flour, which, despite the fact people say it does not work for yeast doughs, always works just fine for me). Instead of spreading a bit of mayo onto the inside of the pocket (which to be honest, I always found a little disturbing!) we spread pesto. Then came the layered meats, which we kept the same, and cheeses (substituting monterey jack for the mozzarella). My hubby was super meticulous with the seams, making sure they were perfect. I sprinkled some sea salt and oregano on the top to make it all purdy.

The verdict is in. Best stromboli, ever.

Dip in marinara sauce, and you're in pizza pocket heaven. My husband was on cloud 9. In fact, I think he sort of still is. Good thing we made extra for the freezer.

11 comments:

Thursday's Child said...

Oh, that just looks so yummy! I'm going to have to remember that when I have a hankerin' for Italian.

Jessica Morris said...

Oh yum!
I am going to try this soon! Looks so good!

Jessica Morris said...

you need to post the dough recipe you used. please.
:)

Nicole said...

Lorne loves these! I should send him over to your place for dinner :P

Heidi @ GGIP said...

I love stromboli, in fact, I was thinking about making it soon. If only good cold cuts weren't so expensive!!! At least I can make the dough....

Jeanie said...

Does it taste like chicken?

Dustin said...

At the risk of sounding like Homer Simpson...

Mmmmmmmmmmmm Stromboli...

Seriously...awesome stuff. And the pesto was a great add! And yes, Jeanie, it does - surprisingly - taste like chicken! (if you put chicken in it instead of the heart clogging ingredients we put in it!)

I want to break into the freezer and have another stromboli!

Erin said...

That looks yummy!

I just wanted to tell you that I woke up this morning and HAD to run to your blog...last night I dreamt about you...I checked your blog and you posted that you had gotten a baby! It was a girl. So this morning I couldn't wait to come see if it was "prophetic"...haha!

Shannon said...

Stromboli is one of my favorite meals too. I was already craving it too!

Jeanie said...

Diddy,

Hey, can we have conversations now via Crystal's comments? Ha! Beating the system -- take that Hotmail!

Your stromboli looks fabulous, D, and I expect the chicken flavored one next time I'm down there, K?

(Hi, Crys!)

Jeanie

Rachel said...

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! YUM! That looks so good. And purty!