Friday, September 21, 2012

Mortadella Stromboli

Stromboli are like calzones but are oblong and sliced before serving

Mortadella Stromboli

1 1/2 C coarsely grated swiss or gruyere cheese (6 oz.)
1 C thinly sliced string cheese (4 oz.)
Extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing
1 (13.8 oz.) package refrigerated pizza dough
10 fresh basil leaves
3/4 C pitted green or black olives, roughly chopped
1/2 C tomato saucve
1/4 lb. sliced mortadella, cut into 1/2" wide ribbons

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Mix 1 cup of the swiss cheese with the string cheese. 

Lightly brush a baking sheet with olive oil.  Unroll the dough, cut in half to make two 6 x 9 inch pieces and place on the prepared pan.

Spread half of the mised cheese along one long side of each rectangle, leaving an inch border between the cheese and dough edge.  Top each mound of cheese with half of the basil, a quarter of the olives, 1/4 c tomato sauce and a third of the mortadella.  Fold the dough over the filling lengthwise, pressing the edges to seal.  Make slits in the top of the dough to allow steam to escape during baking.

Bake the stromboli until brown, about 15 minutes; remove from the oven.  Brush each with olive oil, then scatter the remaining olives, mortadella and cheese on top.  Return to the oven and bake until the cheese melts and the crust is golden.  Rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

Serves 4.

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