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Italian Sausage and Pepperoni Stromboli

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I’m not even a little bit sorry.

You know sometimes when you’re just doing your thing, like sweeping the living room floor and singing “Reflections” by the Supremes into the tip of the broom, and a random taste appears in your mouth out of nowhere, and you’re like WHAT IS THAT. WHAT. IS. THAT. And it’s not an actual taste, but it’s the memory of a taste? Like a little piece of the great nostalgic puzzle of life magically appears on your tongue, leaving you with nothing else to do but hyper focus on it and pinpoint the taste or else DAH?

It’s like the taste bud version of nostril scents! (Which I’m realizing is a horribly dumb sentence.) Like when you’re in the mall and you walk past a kiosk and you catch a tiny whiff of Cool Water cologne and it takes you back to a specific memory that’s been buried in the drawers of your cerebral cabinets for 20 years and you’re all, “OMG Jay Skinner totally wore that to the Sadie Hawkins dance at the high school gym on October 16th, 1993.”

Know what I mean?

 

Well it happened to me.

That taste . . . on my tongue . . . what is it . . . I think I have it . . .maybe it’s  . . . wait a minute . . .

 

. . . I see visions of . . . birkenstocks . . . blue mascara  . . . (IT’S LIKE MY TONGUE IS A CRYSTAL BALL, YOU GUYS) . . . raindrops on roses . . . whiskers on kittens. . . wait that’s not it . . .

 

. . . oh geez . . . oh wait I know this . . .  oh! . . . OH YEAAAAH . . . I soooo got this . . .

 

And then the memory slaps the broom right out of your grasp and you can’t even finish your #1 hit song. Pizza Hut’s Meat Lover’s Pizza, GAAAAAAH.

And then of course once you RECOGNIZE the taste, it’s all you can do not to obsess over it, sending adorable texts to your husband, “I PLACED THE TASTE! I PLACED THE TASTE!” To which he responds, “good for you.”

Well and then ya just gotta make it happen. (Ignore my janky little slits. I think my car was on fire or something.)

 

So I made a meat-a-licious stromboli with Italian chicken sausages, pepperoni, diced green bell pepper and lots of torn provolone, because I am NOT ABOUT to disobey the great signs of life that appear as a memory on my tongue. Obvs.

I wish the taste would appear on my tongue again, times 40 kabillion google infinity.

You may now kiss the bride.

Italian Sausage and Pepperoni Stromboli:

What it took for 2 10-inch loaves:

* 1 pound pizza dough, cut in half
* 3/4 cup favorite marinara
* 3 links Italian sausage, casings removed (mine were actually flavored chicken sausages, so use your fave!)
* 20 pepperonis
* 1 medium green bell pepper, diced
* 4 slices provolone cheese, torn
* 3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil, divided

Preheat oven to 425.

Brown the sausages in a large skillet, until cooked through, 6 minutes.

On a lightly floured work surface, roll out each ball of dough until it looks like a 10 to 12-inch pizza. Spoon the marinara over each crust, leaving about an half an inch around the sides. Sprinkle the sausage over the marinara, followed by the pepperoni, followed by the diced green bell pepper, and lastly the torn cheese. No need for salt or pepper. The meats have plenty of flavor.

Now, lightly brush the edges with a little bit of the oil. Carefully roll up the pizza, forming a stromboli.

Transfer the ‘bolis to a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Using a sharp knife, score 3 slits across the top of the stromboli, allowing steam to escape. I brushed a little more oil over the top, too. Makes it purty.

Bake for about 25 minutes, or until dough has browned on top and is cooked through.

Let sit for about 5 minutes, HAHAHAH RIGHT, slice and serve!

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24 Responses to Italian Sausage and Pepperoni Stromboli

  1. Cookbook Queen August 9, 2012 at 8:45 am #

    I need this in my face like, yesterday.

  2. Cathy @ Noble Pig August 9, 2012 at 8:47 am #

    Oh my word….AMAZEballs…yes that’s a word.

  3. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious August 9, 2012 at 8:59 am #

    Wow, this is like pizza on crack! Most definitely making this over the weekend!

  4. claire @ the realistic nutritionist August 9, 2012 at 9:16 am #

    It’s like a cinnamon roll FILLED WITH MEAT!! AND CHEESE! Yay!

  5. Jill August 9, 2012 at 9:18 am #

    Stromboli is sooooo good! Perfect for Fall!

  6. Heather @ Heather's Dish August 9, 2012 at 10:25 am #

    can i just say that i love that you used the word “janky”? i say that out here all the time and no one ever knows what it means.

    the end.

  7. GingerMae August 9, 2012 at 10:26 am #

    Oh man, that looks amazing! How do you get the toppings to stay in place when you roll it? Dumb question? Sorry, it’s early morning and I think I made my coffee waaay too strong!

    • Bev Weidner August 9, 2012 at 11:33 am #

      Surprisingly, the toppings just stayed put as I rolled the dough! If they start to push out a little, just stretch the dough over them and they should tuck back in. I hope you try it!

  8. Averie @ Averie Cooks August 9, 2012 at 10:30 am #

    this would be my hub’s idea of a great present! that cute little package of meat & cheese!

  9. Annamaria August 9, 2012 at 11:02 am #

    Stromboli is delicious and this recipe looks great!

  10. Debbie August 9, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

    I’m lovin’ it!

  11. Lisa | With Style and Grace August 9, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

    I WANT. I WANT!

  12. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious August 9, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

    I love that you made this happen!

  13. Lori August 9, 2012 at 3:03 pm #

    Awww man…I gotta make this fo sho.
    I’m loving the other comments, especially the one about a present with meat & cheese! LOL!!

  14. Katie @ Blonde Ambition August 9, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

    Welp, looks like my mouth is gonna taste like pepperoni all day!

  15. Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out August 9, 2012 at 8:21 pm #

    Aw $#@!, now I can’t stop thinking about pizza and calzones and strombolis and that’s gonna have to happen this weekend.

  16. Julie @ Table for Two August 9, 2012 at 9:27 pm #

    omg, you killed my diet

  17. Taylor August 12, 2012 at 12:08 am #

    OMG this was the BEST school lunch at my high school. They only made it two or three times a year and I ALWAYS forgot LUNCH MONEY. Okay done with capslock. This looks seriously delicious, I must make this. You’re the Queen of Savory!

  18. Cecilia October 30, 2012 at 7:28 pm #

    Can’t wait to try this I know my hubs would love me even more!
    Question is this freezable? I would love to make extras and freeze to have on hand for a quick lunch or dinner fix!

  19. Amy January 5, 2013 at 6:33 pm #

    Cooking this for dinner, I can’t wait. Thanks for the recipe.

  20. Katherine Isham April 16, 2013 at 8:12 am #

    This recipe looks great. I think I’ll try it with the KAF braiding method instead of the method you’ve used here.

    FYI, it’s not really clear to me exactly how you put these together based on the instructions… there’s like… a stromboli in a stromboli? I DON’T GET IT. Maybe break down the instructions a bit better on assembly X)

    • Bev Weidner April 16, 2013 at 8:26 am #

      Hi, Katherine! Oh, it’s so easy. There’s not a stromboli inside a stromboli. The recipe makes 2 separate strombolis. You just make what looks like it’s going to be a pizza, and simply roll it up! That’s it. Hopefully the photos helped demonstrate how it’s put together. Just rolled up and baked. Voila!

  21. Sindy August 25, 2013 at 6:29 pm #

    Made this today and it came out great!! Surprisingly it was super easy untill I had to roll out the dough.lol

    Very tasty!!

  22. Sarah April 8, 2014 at 8:33 am #

    Are you using the frozen bread dough for this recipe?

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