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Family Time – Stromboli


Stromboli is an Italian dish, similar to a calzone, but instead of folded pizza dough over the ingredients, it is rolled.  Our good friends Kristan and her husband made this amazing dish for us at a Christmas party we had in December.  It was definitely one of the most delicious dished I’ve ever had.  My husband has been wanting it for weeks now, so when the opportunity arose a few weeks ago while making marinara with Lisa, I tried Kristan’s Amazing Stromboli.

A few days later, I was getting ready to head out with little guy to visit my parents and decided to try making this stromboli again, but with some modifications.  Even though, I love sausage, pepperoni and lots of cheese;  I know it is not necessarily the most healthy or budget friendly.

I did a cost comparison of ingredients to make this dish, for me, it totaled $17.48 for one meal of stromboli.  I know that might not sound too high for some, but for me its more then I like to spend per meal.  So here are 3 things I did to lower the price of this meal and keep you fitting in your current jean size! :)

1. Make your own dough

It takes roughly 5 minutes to make and 2 hours to let it rise.  Planning ahead, you can make the dough in the morning and it will be ready in the evening for you to make your stromboli.   Typically, if you have yeast, flour and water on hand, you have all the necessary items to make your pizza dough and  saving you some “dough.”   The health benefit  here is there are no preservatives or additives, just simple wholesome ingredients you have in your pantry or refrigerator. I use a recipe from Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day .

2. Use Less

If a recipe calls for large amounts of cheese, use one quarter to one half less then the recipe amount.  Using less makes its budget friendly and waist friendly. Who doesn’t like that idea?!

3.  Add Veggies

What a great way to add more vegetables to your diet by adding them in this stromboli.  I know they are  not classic ingredients, but using red or green bell pepper are perfect in this recipe, plus they are a great source of Vitamin C.  Although, I have seen the average price (not on sale) for red bell pepper is about 75 cents to 1 dollar each.  Which is a lot for such a small vegetable item.  Buy them when they  go on sale (usually 25 to 50 cents each) stock up on as little as 2 dollars worth, diced them up, and store them in the freezer.  I do this all the time; any time a future recipe calls for diced bell peppers, you already have them on hand.

How much did this meal makeover cost? Here is the breakdown: bell pepper $0.33, onion $0.50, cheese $1.00, homemade pizza dough $1.00: final cost $2.83.  I bought all of these items on sale at our local health food store.  My parents gave us some ground venison, that is why I didn’t add it into the cost.  If I had used 1 pound of chicken my cost would have been $3.83 or ground beef $5.83.

Venison and Red Bell Pepper Stromboli

After I cooked the ground venison and sautéed an onion.  I liberally placed flour on my large cutting board.   I rolled out pizza dough 1/4 inch thick. Place cheese first, then meat, and then add the bell pepper.

Then starting at the furthest side, I rolled the dough towards me like this.

I continued rolling it until it was in the shape of a log.  I closed off the sides of the dough and brushed with 1 tablespoon of melted butter and placed the stromboli on to a baking sheet lined with a silpat.  You could use parchement paper if you do not have a silpat.  Then I placed in the oven for 45 minutes.  ( I had a made a portion of the dough a little thin which resulted in a  small tear in the dough.   I added some dough over it.)

And there you have it, a delicious waist and budget friendly stromboli!   My family absolutely loved this recipe and I hope yours will too!!

Thank You Kristan for your inspiration! :)

What meal have you made recently that your family is raving about? 


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  1. Awesome post! What a great way to make this yummy recipe a little bit more healthy and a little more budget friendly! Great job, Tabitha!

    • Thanks Deanna!

  2. I am gonna try this! Thanks so much for sharing, Tabitha :)

  3. Come back and let me know what you thought and any tips you came up with when making it! I hope you enjoy it!