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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Meatball Stromboli

Welcome to Day 4 of my Superbowl appetizers week. Today is a recipe that is so good and simple to make. The best thing about this recipe is that you can make it two ways. The "semi-homemade" way or the "from-scratch" way. 

The "from-scratch" way is to make your own dough, mix and brown your own meatballs, use homemade sauce and shred your own cheese. Though this way is good, it isn't a time saver. 

The "semi-homemade" way is to use frozen or fresh pizza dough from your local supermarket or pizzeria, frozen pre-made meatballs, jar sauce and already shredded cheese. This is what I call the "Oh crap, I've decided to have a last minute get together and have nothing to serve as an appetizer" way because it's THAT easy and quick to make!  

I realized I hadn't made a meatball stromboli before on the blog and thought it would make a fun appetizer for the Superbowl theme this week. So I used a combination of both methods. Frozen pizza dough (which I always have in the freezer), some of those frozen pre-made meatballs (after Rachael's birthday party, the restaurant sent us home with some of the leftover food), homemade sauce (again, I always have some in the freezer) and already shredded mozzarella cheese. Yes, they are a little messy, especially when first coming out of the oven. So allow it to rest for a few minutes before slicing into it. 

Meatball Stromboli
1 lb. Pizza Dough
5 oz. Italian Meatballs, sliced
1/4 c. Marinara Sauce
1/2 c. Mozzarella Cheese, shredded (I used part skim)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. 
2. Put a little oil on your hands (make sure they're clean!) and spread out the dough on a lightly greased flat surface into a rectangle about ¼” thick.
3. Spread the sauce on top of the dough, leaving a 1/4" border around all sides, then top with the sliced meatballs and cheese. 
4. Gently roll from left to right, sealing the ends by pinching the dough together; then place seam side down on lightly greased baking sheet. 
5. Brush top the top of the loaf with oil and bake for 15-20 minutes or until brown. Let rest 5 minutes before slicing into 1" thick slices. Serves 14.  

*Nutritional Information per Serving: Calories 108, Carbs 16.1g, Fat 2.3g, Protein 5.4g, Fiber .7g
*Calculations based on ingredients entered into CalorieCount and may not be 100% accurate. 


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