Oh, my gosh, I love strombolis! Not the island in the Lipari Islands of Italy but the food! When I make it for dinner I feel like I’m cheating and having a treat instead of a sensible meal. Then I think of the ingredients; sausage, peppers, onions, cheese, and the crust, and I realize it really is a sensible meal! If you want a meal to make your whole family think you’re spoiling them I suggest Italian Sausage Strombolis!
I really wish I had made two of these since I could have eaten it for lunch, too! Italian Sausage Strombolis are so tasty that Mr. Comfortable and I could both polish off an entire loaf each in 24 hours! They take some prep but they are definitely worth it.
First I diced up 1/4 cup each of onion, and yellow, green, and red peppers. They add a little crunch, color, and vitamins to the strombolis. Score a point for sensible meal! I set the vegetables aside while I browned some Italian sausage in two teaspoons of olive oil in a large skillet.
You can use whatever type of Italian sausage you prefer. Hot, mild, or sweet it’s up to you! I browned the sausage and then removed it from the skillet with a slotted spoon into a bowl. I didn’t drain it because I want that oil left in the skillet to cook the onions and peppers.
Next I sautéed the onions and peppers over medium high heat, seasoning with salt and pepper, until they were just slightly softened. It takes just about 4 minutes to get them tender crisp but if you want them softer just sauté them a bit longer.
The Italian sausage went back into the skillet with the onions and peppers and I sprinkled 1/4 teaspoon each of garlic powder, dried oregano, and dried basil over it all. I stirred the mixture to distribute the herbs and then put the sausage mixture into a bowl to cool off.
While the sausage was cooling I unrolled a loaf of refrigerated bread. It was in in the refrigerator sneaking up on its expiration date and I wasn’t up to making my own dough and it works just fine for my Italian Sausage Strombolis. You can make your own dough if you prefer.
I lightly floured my wooden cutting board and spread the dough out. I rolled it, attempting to get a rectangle shape but I fell short. It doesn’t matter if you have trouble getting a perfect rectangle. This is about taste and the strombolis will still look nice!
While the sausage still needed to cool a bit I preheated my oven to 400 degrees and sprayed a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
When the sausage had cooled enough to touch I spread about 1/2 of it (I kept the other half for the next Italian Sausage Strombolis night) on the dough. Then I sprinkled about a cup of shredded mozzarella cheese over the sausage mixture. Put the sausage and cheese right down the middle of the dough because you’re going to fold 1/2 the dough over it then stretch the other half of the dough over that.
I mixed two eggs (use only one if you’re making one loaf – I forgot and used the amount for two loaves) with two tablespoons of water. I brushed some of the egg wash along the edge of the dough that I had folded over the filling.
Then I folded the other half of the dough over and carefully placed the stromboli on the baking sheet. I brushed the entire stromboli with the egg wash and put it in the oven. Depending on how hot your oven runs it should take between 15 – 18 minutes to get the dough a nice, golden brown.
One note: I usually sprinkle some grated Parmesan cheese (the kind that comes in the bottle with the green top) over the strombolis after I use the egg wash. I planned to do that last night but when I went to get it I discovered I was out! I really need to get back to keeping up my refrigerator inventory! And for tips on organizing your refrigerator and freezer by temperature zones check out Organization Part 2 — Organizing your refrigerator & freezer
I serve Italian Sausage Strombolis with marinara sauce. We love to dip our stromboli pieces! That hot, gooey cheese and those slightly crisp vegetables make me want to sing! And With a salad this is a complete meal! And a sensible one at that!
Italian Sausage Strombolis
Italian Sausage Strombolis are a delicious meal your family will ask for again and again!