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Quick and Easy Stromboli and the No Fuss “Sandwich” Potluck

September 13, 2013

Friday’s Finding Harmony Recipe of the Week

Our office at MennoMedia has started a fun no-fuss themed potluck once a month where no one signs up for anything specific, no one is in charge, and everyone is supposed to just pitch in with set up and clean up.

This month’s theme was “sandwiches” –supplies for building a sandwich, or condiments, or whatever you wanted to bring that would go along with sandwiches (i.e. chips, hummus, dessert).

My daughter had gotten a recipe from her mother-in-law, Sue, for homemade stromboli or what I consider Italian sandwiches (Wikipedia calls them turnovers, and a much better wrap up picture is here. Next time I’ll do better.) Sue used to make this for her bridge club, I think, or some other kind of women’s group where fancied up hors d’oeuvres were the order of the day.

I made it after seeing my daughter make it one time when we visited. As a mother, it does my heart good when I see my daughters venturing out and making new dishes.

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(Stromboli sliced into 1-2 inch pieces, under the watchful eyes of black lab Ike)

So I made half of this recipe for one long stromboli, since I knew there would be more than enough food at our mini potluck.


2 loaves frozen bread dough (comes in a bag, or make your own dough) Thaw dough on counter just until thawed, or in refrigerator overnight, but not long enough that it begins to rise.

Mix* 1 egg, ¼ c. Parmesan cheese, and 4 Tbs. Italian dressing. Set aside.
Ham, salami, pepperoni
Mozzarella, provolone and Parmesan cheeses
(No set amount-depends on how much meat and cheese you want. If not sure just start with 1 lb of meat and ½ lb of cheese–sliced or shredded cheeses).

Spread out dough with hands to fit about a 11 x 13 pan or cookie sheet

Brush “mix*” down center 1/3 of dough

Then layer with ham, salami, pepperoni, mozzarella and provolone cheeses down center

Fold another 1/3 over meat & cheeses
Brush mix* down folded over dough
Repeat with meat and cheeses, if desired (you can make it so it has one layer of meats etc. or two)

Wrap up the whole thing and pinch tightly, or as well as you can!


(Melodie note: since I have lots of sweet red bell peppers on hand right now from the garden, I added them for a nice crunch and nutritious veggie)

Bake 30 minutes at 350°
Makes 2 stromboli rolls. Check to make sure bread is done thoroughly. Stick a knife in it to make sure it isn’t still doughy. Slice into 1-2 inch pieces.

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At the office potluck, it was the only warm dish so it seemed like a welcome addition to the table, along with  Reuben’s rendition (my personal favorite) of West Coast Chicken Salad from the new Mennonite Girls Can Cook Celebrations (green dish, far right). Josh brought in a lemon and caper tuna salad and it was a great twist on the old tried and true tuna. Everyone agreed the prize for most creative went to Barbara who brought “Ice Cream Sandwiches” for dessert.


(It took me a second to get it. No one ever accused me of being swift.)

And we loved Cindy’s 7-layer dessert, which I make as “Magic Cookie Bars” and which Phyllis Pellman Good recently featured in her “Cooking with Phyllis” online cooking show, and how to bake them in a slow cooker.


Next week we start a series of guest posts leading up to Family Day Sept. 23 with nifty ideas to add new twists to your family dinner or dinners with friends, or spicing up the humdrum brown bag lunch routine!

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Next week–Learn how others inject creativity into their food lives with a:

  • Food swap – Holly Williams Nickel, Newton, Kan.
  • Supper club – Larry Guengerich, Landis Homes, Pa.
  • Marathon food prep from Guatemala markets – Jennifer Kurtz Murch, mama’s minutia blogger
  • Games and gourmet group – Michelle Sinclair, media critic over at Third Way Cafe

And if you’d like to do a guest blog post (with a photo) on what you do with food and your family, let me know and I’ll work it in! Blog posts accepted for use will receive a free copy of my book of 100 recipes and ideas, Whatever Happened to Dinner?

Also “like” the Whatever Happened To Dinner Facebook page for periodic posts on topics/recipes/meal ideas of interest.


From → Family Life, Food, Recipes

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