Italian sausage and prosciutto Stromboli
As strange as it may seem, it is almost magical for me to cut into my Stromboli bread-like crust, and see the wonderful rolls of different ingredients. I take great pride in how well it turns out. In case you are not aware, Stromboli is a little like pizza and calzone except that you roll the toppings and cheese up into a delightful dough and bake just like bread.
Ingredients (7 servings):
- 1 ¼ cups – water (between 110 and 115 degrees F)
- 1 0.25-ounce package – active dry yeast
- 1 tablespoon – butter, room temperature
- 2 tablespoons – dry powdered milk
- 1 teaspoon – salt
- 1 tablespoon – sugar
- 3 1/8 cups – all purpose unbleached flour
- 2 tablespoons – extra virgin olive oil
- 2 cloves – garlic, diced
- 2 14.5-ounce cans – diced tomatoes (Hunts brand preferably)
- 3 tablespoons – fresh basil, chopped
- Salt and pepper to taste
- ½ teaspoon – red pepper flakes
Ingredients in layers:
- 1 pound – mild Italian sausage, casings removed
- 3 tablespoons – extra virgin olive oil
- 2 – medium onions, chopped
- 1 pound – mozzarella cheese, grated
- 1/4 pound – prosciutto, thinly sliced
- 4 ounces – asiago cheese, grated
The dough: Stir the water and yeast together in the bread maker (you can place ingredients in bowl and kneed the dough by hand if you wish) and let the yeast dissolve, about 10 minutes. Place the butter, milk, salt, sugar, and flour into the bread maker and start bread maker allowing the dough to form into a smooth ball. Remove and place on a floured surface. Cover with a damp towel and allow to rise for 30 minutes.
The dough prior to rising
The dough after rising
The sauce: While the dough is kneading in the bread maker, place the oil into a pan and heat over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for one minute. Add the tomatoes, basil, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Allow the sauce to cook (it should boil slightly) until most of the water is gone and the sauce is thick, about 30 to 45 minutes. Stir periodically.
The sauce after it has thickened
The ingredients in layers: Add the sausage to a heavy frying pan and cook until brown, breaking the meat up into bits as it cooks. In another pan, add the oil and onions and cook until the onions are caramelized (deep brown).
The Stromboli: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Roll out the dough into a rectangular sheet on a lightly floured surface (see photo). Do not roll too thin.
Dough rolled into a rectangle
Form layers starting with mozzarella by sprinkling it evenly over the dough. Leave a border on one of the short ends of the rectangle so you can seal the dough after it is rolled up. Place the sausage on the cheese followed by the onions.
Cheese, sausage and onion in layers
Place the prosciutto slices on top of the onions. The sauce will be thick and hard to spread so simple drop dollops evenly spaced across the prosciutto.
The prosciutto and sauce added
Finally, sprinkle the asiago evenly over the surface.
The asiago cheese on top
Then roll the dough (like a jelly roll) up sealing the ends and along the seam. You should roll parallel to the longest length of the rectangle. Place the dough carefully on an oiled baking sheet (seal-side face down).
Seal side down on oiled sheet.
Cook in the oven for 30 to 35 minutes. Once the Stromboli has baked, cut into slices and serve (see photo).
Stromboli on the pan
A serving of Stromboli
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