Stromboli originated from Philadelphia in Italian heavy neighborhood hence it is also called an Italian American dish. This dish was named after the Italian Isle of Stromboli. Stromboli is actually a volcano in Italy; when you slice the dish, inner fillings and cheese are ready to explode from the dish hence the name. Stromboli is basically made from leftover pizza/bread dough with fillings of Veggies or Cured meat with Mozzarella cheese. This is also sometimes called up as rolled-up cousin of Pizza. This can be served during breakfast, snacks or dinner

Now this dish does require you to use Mozzarella cheese as filling which helps in minimizing moisture and helps to cook the dish from within but only substitute Mozzarella if you are lactose intolerant. I have used seasonings and additional toppings to make this more healthier. Generally egg wash is done and that’s how I do it every time I prepare this dish. Here in order to keep this entire dish Vegetarian , I have done milk wash

*You can increase/reduce the amount of cheese as desired. Also you can substitute cheese with Ricotta cheese/Cashew cheese/Tahini sauce if lactose intolerant

**I have used Cottage Cheese and Veggies, you can use Tofu or Meat or any fillings of your choice. Use Multi grain flour/Whole wheat flour to make this dish healthier

Do watch the video for better clarity in preparation and share your experience once you prepare the dish

Preparation Time: 120 mins Cook Time 20 mins Total time: 140 mins

Servings: 4


  • 1.5 cups Flour (APF/Whole wheat/Multi grain)
  • 3/4 tsp instant sctive Yeast
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • 1/2 cup lukewarm Water
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin Olive oil
  • 1/2 cup crumbled Paneer (Cottage Cheese)/Tofu
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped veggies (cherry Tomatoes, bell pepper, capsicum,Olives etc)
  • 1/3 cup Pizza sauce
  • 50 g sliced mozzarella cheese
  • 1/3 cup or more shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1-2 tbsp mix of Italian Seasoning and red chili flakes
  • 1 tbsp Sesame Seeds ( optional)
  • 1 tsp flax seed (optional)
  • 1 tbsp dried Parsley – optional
  • 1 beaten egg or 3 tbsp Olive oil/milk for wash

Steps to prepare

  • In a bowl, add flour and make 3 wells
  • Add sugar, yeast and salt in it. Gently mix well
  • Add lukewarm water and oil. Knead into soft smooth dough
  • Cover and rest in warm place for 1.5-2 hours
  • In a bowl, add veggies, crumbled paneer/tofu, pizza sauce
  • Add mix of Italian Seasoning and red chili flakes , you can add any seasonings of your choice
  • Now mix everything well and keep it aside
  • Once the dough has doubled in size, gently deflate it
  • Fold dough for 3-4 minutes
  • Dust the surface with flour and roll the dough into rectangular shape. The thickness would be like that of pizza crust. Just don’t roll it too thin else the filling would break out
  • Now place Mozzarella cheese on one end leaving a gap at edges and sides
  • Add the prepared Veg filling on top of cheese
  • Now add grated cheese on top of the veg filling
  • Gently but firmly roll the rectangular dough into a log
  • Transfer the log onto baking tray lined with parchment paper
  • Make equal slits half way through the dough, do not slice completely
  • You can do egg wash or Olive Oil wash or Milk wash on top and sides of the dough
  • Sprinkle mix of sesame seeds and flax seeds on top, this is optional step
  • Bake for 18-25 minutes until golden brown in preheated oven at 180 deg cel
  • Now allow to cool slightly, you can also sprinkle parsley on top for additional taste
  • Slice and serve warm
Posted by:Rekha Unni

Humble quirky soul embarking on beautiful journey of love called Life. Cooking is one of my favorite hobbies and I love experimenting with different types of foods. it's the love of cooking for my family which has made this hobby as one of my passions

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