There are some things that are just man food. Wings, steak, and just about anything wrapped in bacon and served with a pint of beer. That's not to say some ladies out there don't like these things too. And sometimes, I like to take manly food and inject a bit of this girl into it. For example, when I came across this stromboli recipe the other day I knew I could adapt it to make it vegetarian for me.
The ingredients for two stromboli are:
Two loaves of frozen bread
1 package of proscuitto
1 package of real pepperoni
1 cup of baby bella mushrooms
1/2 a package of frozen chopped spinach
1/2 package of fake pepperoni
garlic powder, salt, pepper, and olive oil
basil and oregano
1 package of provolone
1 package of mozzarella
3 tblsp of melted butter
corn meal for dusting
Start the night before by transferring the loaves of bread to the refrigerator to defrost. Spray two baking sheets with cooking oil. Spread out the dough and begin the layering process. Only the manly meat one, start with the prosciutto. Then add the real pepperoni. Next dust the basil and oregano. Add on a generous portion of each of the cheeses. Close the bread and flip it so the seam is down. Then repeat the process for the veggie one. Begin with the fake pepperoni. Saute the spinach and mushroom in a bit of olive oil with garlic powder and salt and pepper. Add it on as the next layer. Then more basil, oregano, and cheese. Close and flip as before. Dust with corn meal. Bake the breads for about 22 minutes at 375 degrees.
I loved mine. The carnivore devoured his too, of course, he did suggest one adjustment - more meat. In his words he needed a better meat to bread ratio. Well, since we had more dough and more filling, a week later we tried this again. This time the carnivore started by cooking some mild italian sausages. He sliced two links up and added them to the original recipe. He also too the extra step of actually rolling out the dough. I too made a small tweak. I placed some of the seasoning and parm on the outside of the dough along with the corn meal.
I think the second attempts were even better. (See the final pic below.) And now that we have the basic technique down I can foresee many new combos in the future. These would be great at a party. (say, a super bowl party...) Served alongside some red sauce for dipping - um yum! What combos would you like to try? Let me know below.