All Photos © Christine Elise McCarthy 2012
Veggie Sausage, Mushroom & Mozzarella Stromboli
OK – this effort was born of my need to use up the odds & ends I had in my fridge. I had pizza dough (duh) and homemade arrabiatta (spicy tomato) sauce, mushrooms, onions, one ball of fresh mozzarella, fresh basil & a tomato. Tired of pizza – I decided to try a rolled pizza – or – a stromboli. This is what I did with my ingredients….COMPLETELY winging it.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
1 package of Gimme Lean veggie ground sausage (http://www.lightlife.com/Vegan-Food-Vegetarian-Diet/Gimme-Lean-Sausage) – though you could use real sausage if you wanted.
6 big mushrooms – sliced
3 TBS olive oil
1 medium brown onion – diced
1 clove (or more) garlic – chopped
1 tomato – chopped
1/2 cup to 1 cup or so of tomato sauce
1 two-inch ball fresh mozzarella – sliced
10 basil leaves – shredded
1/3 – 1/2 prepared Pizza dough recipe (https://delightfuldeliciousdelovelyblog.wordpress.com/2012/07/08/pizza-dough-5/) – or other dough of your choice
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
Heat the olive oil in a skillet. Saute the onion & garlic for a minute or two. Add the mushrooms. When the mushrooms soften – add the sausage. Saute until the sausage begins to brown a bit. Add salt & pepper to taste. Remove from heat.
Roll your dough out to about a 12 x 16 rectangle. This is NOT science. You can go bigger or smaller.
Spread the tomato sauce over this leaving a clean barrier at the edges – especially at one end.
Top this with the mushroom-sausage-onion mixture.
Add the sliced mozzarella.
Top with chopped tomatoes & the shredded basil. Grind some fresh pepper on top.
Now, start at the end opposite the clean end & begin rolling this sucker up. Some stuff might leak out the sides or squeeze toward the end. Just before you get the the clean barrier – wipe away any contents that scooted out & then roll the stromboli on top of the clean end. Let the weight of it create the pressure needed to seal it.
Take a cooking sheet & either spray it with cooking spray or wipe it with olive oil. CAREFULLY transfer your stromboli from your work surface to the cooking sheet. It will look like a beached platypus.
Brush a little olive oil over the surface of your stromboli then bake this guy in the oven for 30 minutes or so. Check after 20 minutes – and maybe spin the pan so you get an even browning. Your oven may be hotter or less hot than mine – so – cooking times are never exact. Be sure that your oven was to temperature before putting the stromboli in.
Once it looks nicely golden – remove it from the oven & transfer it to a cutting surface.
Use a serrated knife & carefully slice your stromboli & serve. This guy could have easily fed four people VERY well, probably more. You can fill these with just about anything, so, let your imagination take you where it will.