Stromboli is an utterly delicious pizza turnover made of layers of cheeses, salami and ham with a tomato marinara sauce. Traditionally stromboli is made with pizza dough but making it using shortcrust pastry makes it even easier to make and roll. Serve this delicious stromboli with some more tomato marinara sauce for dipping! This is a pushy recipe Dear Reader.
Stromboli is like a cousin of calzone or the scaccia in Sicily and was created by Italian Americans living in the Pennsylvania area. I've made stromboli using pizza dough before and it was so delicious I had to have it taken away from me because I couldn't stop eating it. If you love a really good filling to pastry or bread ratio then you will love stromboli! I had overbought salami and ham for Halloween and I also had lots of cheese from my charcuterie ouija board, green stuffed olives and black olives from decorating Halloween food so making a stromboli again was sort of a given. Mr NQN absolutely adores this and his eyes light up when I make it.
Tips for Making an Easy Stromboli
1 - You want your pastry to be a large rectangle (around 40x20cm or 15.7x8 inch) for the toppings. If you are making it in Australia it will use up 2x 20x20cm/8x8inch squares of shortcrust pastry. In America I believe your pastry comes already in 15x10inch sheets so it's ready to go.
2 - Join two squares of pastry together, pressing down on the seam (easiest when the pastry is soft). Press down on both sides.
3 - The rest is easy-just layer away! Just leave 1 inch uncovered right on one side of the shortest end so that you can seal it all when you roll it up.
While some Halloween leftovers prompted me to make this easy stromboli, it has been such a hotly requested item by Mr NQN that I've made it four times since. I love making this when I see sliced ham, salami and cheese on sale at the shops and I stock up on it because you're never far from one of the most delicious things you'll ever try. Also the ingredients aren't super perishable and can be frozen if need be. I serve a slice of this with some Sardinian minestrone to Mr NQN at lunch and he adores it.
Recently a friend asked on social media how much people spend on groceries each week. Most people are not immune to the cost of living crisis and escalating prices of goods and it was interesting to see how much people spend a week. Quite a few people were spending over $350 a week for groceries and the people spending the most were ones with tall teenage boys who are basically adults in terms of what they eat (or an adult and a half in some cases!).
For us, we spend around $150 per week on groceries for 2 people and 2 dogs. I will say that it's only on the lower side because we eat out 2-3 times a week too which obviously reduces the grocery spend and perhaps cooking from scratch also helps. And making things like this using ingredients bought when they're on sale also helps!
So tell me Dear Reader, how much do you spend a week on groceries and how many people is that for? Do you have any tips on saving money when buying groceries?