Stromboli is a wonderful Italian-American appetizer that’s full of great flavor.  Pizza dough is rolled up with ham, pepperoni, and provolone cheese and baked until golden.  Sliced and served with a marinara sauce for dipping, stromboli is a simple but impressive addition to any appetizer spread.

Hands dipping stromboli in marinara sauce.

Stromboli is a wonderful Italian-American appetizer that hails from Philadephia.  

It’s essentially a turnover made with pizza dough, a touch of marinara sauce, and Italian cold cuts and cheese.


We serve stromboli with marinara dipping sauce at gatherings alongside some other favorite appetizers like arancinifried artichoke hearts and eggplant caponata

While we do provide our pizza dough recipe below and encourage you to use it, you can make it easier by using store-bought dough.

Ingredients shown: pizza dough, Pecorino, sesame seeds, 1 egg, marinara sauce, provolone, ham, and pepperoni.

How to make it

Each number corresponds to the numbered written steps below.

Note: If starting at step 1 below this assumes you have marinara sauce and pizza dough ready to go.  For your convenience, our marinara sauce and pizza dough recipe instructions have been provided in the printable recipe card down below.

  1. About 2 hours prior to starting your stromboli, remove the 24-ounce dough ball from the refrigerator and allow it to come to room temperature.  Preheat the oven to 425 f and set the rack to the middle level.  Using a floured rolling pin and floured hands, begin to roll out the dough on top of parchment paper for easier rolling.
  2. Roll out the dough to a rectangle shape of about 16 by 12 inches.  You can grab and pull the dough to help form the rectangle more easily.

Stromboli recipe process shot collage group number one.

  1. Place a thin layer of marinara sauce (about 3/4 cup) onto the dough leaving 3 inches open along the perimeter.
  2. Layer 1/3 of a pound of thinly sliced ham, then 1/3 of a pound of thinly sliced pepperoni so they lightly overlap.
  3. Layer 1/3 of a pound of sliced provolone and top with 2 tablespoons of grated Pecorino Romano cheese and Sicilian oregano, to taste. 
  4. Fold the stromboli over a third of the way.

Recipe process shot collage group number two.

  1. Tuck in the sides and continue to roll. 
  2. With a wet pastry brush or wet fingers, brush the seam and roll with the parchment paper to form a log shape. 
  3. Pinch the seam to ensure it’s closed and then place the stromboli seam side down and center it on an oiled baking pan or on top of a parchment paper-lined pan.
  4. Beat 1 large egg and add a tablespoon of water to thin it out.  Brush the egg onto the top of the stromboli. 

Recipe process shot collage group number three.

  1. Cut slits approximately 1 inch apart into the top of the stromboli with a sharp knife.  Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds and 2 tablespoons of grated Pecorino Romano cheese on top. 
  2. Bake the stromboli for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.  Let the cooked stromboli sit for at least 10 minutes to firm up and allow for easier cutting.  Serve with more marinara sauce for dipping.  Enjoy!

Overhead shot of stromboli cut into pieces.

Top tips for standout stromboli

  • The cold cuts. We love the combination of ham, pepperoni, and provolone for stromboli but encourage you to use whichever cold cuts you like. Sliced mozzarella could be subbed for provolone and you could definitely use salami, capicola, or soppressata in place of the pepperoni.  One thing to note when you order at the deli counter, order the meats thinly sliced for the best possible texture.
  • The dough.  We used our pizza dough (24 ounces) for this recipe which is the same amount that’s used for our grandma pizza recipe. If you prefer to use store-bought or pizzeria dough, you can certainly do that to cut down the prep time.  Whichever dough you use, be sure to allow the dough to sit at room temperature for 2 hours before rolling it out.  
  • The eggwash. Using the eggwash will ensure the golden color on the crust of the stromboli.  It’s a simple step so don’t skip this one.
  • Let it sit.  Be sure to allow the stromboli to sit after baking for a good 15 minutes.  This will allow for easier slicing and prevent the cheese from oozing out.
  • The extras.  We used Sicilian oregano inside our stromboli but you can skip this if you’re not a fan.  We also love the texture that sesame seeds add to the top of the stromboli, but these are also optional.  You can either omit seeds entirely or change things up by using poppy seeds on the crust.  
  • Making ahead.  If you plan to serve stromboli at a gathering, making it ahead of time is a great idea!  Cooked stromboli will be good in the fridge for up to 3 days and can be reheated in the oven at 350f until hot.  Stromboli does freeze well so you can make it and freeze it for up to 3 months. 

Closeup shot of 1 slice of stromboli.

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5 from 5 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 55 minutes
Cold fermenting time: 1 day
Total: 1 day 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 12 pieces
Stromboli is a wonderful Italian-American appetizer made with pizza dough and marinara sauce rolled up with ham, pepperoni, and provolone cheese and baked until golden.  Stromboli is served with marinara sauce on the side for dipping!


For one 24-ounce pizza dough ball

  • 406 grams bread flour or 3 1/4 cups
  • 2 grams instant yeast or half teaspoon
  • 8 grams fine sea salt or 1 1/2 teaspoons
  • 4 grams sugar or 1 teaspoon
  • 260 grams cold water 9 ounces
  • 14 grams olive oil or 1 tablespoon

For the marinara sauce

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 28-ounce can crushed plum tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon Sicilian oregano
  • 1 salt and pepper

For the stromboli

  • 1 24-ounce pizza dough ball from above or use store bought dough
  • 3/4 cup marinara sauce from recipe above
  • 1/3 pound ham thin-sliced
  • 1/3 pound pepperoni thin-sliced
  • 1/3 pound provolone sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sicilian oregano
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 4 tablespoons Pecorino Romano grated, divided
  • 1 tablespoon Sesame or poppy seeds


For the pizza dough

  • Place water in a bowl large enough to hold both the water and all the dry ingredients and still have room to spare. Mix together dry ingredients in another bowl.
  • Add dry ingredients to water a bit at a time and mix thoroughly to form a dry rough mass.
  • Pour the oil over the dough, mix again to scrape off any dough residue stuck to side of the bowl, and place the rough shaggy dough onto a work surface.
  • Knead the dough for 5-7 minutes.  If the dough is too sticky, place a clean bowl inverted over the dough and wait 30 minutes before resuming.  Return to kneading (just make sure to knead for at least a total of 5 minutes).
  • Place the bowl over the dough once more and let sit for 30-40 minutes to warm up before forming the dough ball.
  • After 40 minutes pull the dough towards its end repeatedly to form a smooth ball.  Pinch the seam side and place the dough ball seam side down into an oiled bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap.  Refrigerate for at least 12 but ideally 24 hours before using. 

For the marinara sauce

  • In a saucepot, saute the garlic in olive oil over medium-low heat until golden (about 2-3 minutes).
  • Add the hot red pepper flakes and cook for 30 seconds more. Add the plum tomatoes and bring sauce to a simmer. Simmer for 5-7 minutes then season with oregano and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Set the sauce aside to cool. To work faster take 3/4 cup of the sauce, place into a bowl and freeze for 10-15 minutes to cool it down more quickly. The sauce shouldn't be hot when moving on to assembling the stromboli below.

For the stromboli

  • Remove dough ball from fridge 2 hours prior to using.
  • Preheat oven to 425f and set the rack to the middle level. Roll out dough to a rectangle shape of roughly 16 by 12-inches. Place parchment paper under the dough for easy rolling.
  • Begin by placing a thin layer of sauce (about 3/4 cup only) onto the dough, leaving 3” open on all sides. Layer the ham, then pepperoni, and finally the provolone cheese onto the dough. Leave about 2-inches of space on all sides. Sprinkle half the grated Pecorino and the oregano on top.
  • Fold the stromboli over one time then tuck in the sides. With a wet pastry brush, brush the seam and roll with the parchment paper to form a log shape. Place the seam side down and center the stromboli on an oiled baking pan or on top of a parchment paper-lined pan.
  • Beat the egg and add a tablespoon of water to thin. Brush the eggwash onto the top of the stromboli. Cut slits approximately 1” apart into the top of the stromboli with a sharp knife.
  • Sprinkle the sesame seeds and the remaining grated Pecorino on top. Bake the stromboli for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Let the cooked stromboli sit for at least 10 minutes to solidify and make cutting easier. Serve with marinara dipping sauce. Enjoy!


  • Any pizza dough can be used.  For this recipe, we used 24 ounces of our standard pizza dough.
  • Use your own premade marinara or store-bought to skip the sauce preparation step.
  • Mozzarella can be subbed for the provolone.  Salami, soppressata, capicola and other meats can be added.
  • Leftovers can be saved for up to 3 days and should be reheated in the oven at 350f until hot.


Calories: 415kcal | Carbohydrates: 26.6g | Protein: 12.9g | Fat: 28.4g | Saturated Fat: 9.2g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 842mg | Potassium: 127mg | Fiber: 2.3g | Sugar: 0.7g | Calcium: 135mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Ryan says:

    HiI! So does this recipe make 2 strombolis? If so, do you recommend bulk fermenting approximately 12oz of dough in separate containers or as one large dough ball and dividing before rolling out.

    Love all your stuff! Making garlic knots tomorrow with my niece and nephews.

    1. Tara says:

      Hi Ryan, the recipe here on the website makes 1 stromboli. Jim made more dough to make 2 for the video.

  2. George says:

    5 stars
    Hi Jim,

    This stromboli recipe turned out great! Looked like it came from our local pizzeria. We are making it again for the big game day. Have made many of your recipes and watch your videos regularly. Everything always turns out delicious. Thank you for taking the time and effort and for sharing.

    1. Tara says:

      Hi George, thanks for the comment and so we’re so happy you enjoyed the stromboli!

  3. Francesca says:

    5 stars
    My mouth is watering as I read this recipe. Gonna do this for game day. Thanks!!

  4. Margie N. says:

    Hi on your baked calzone recipe you used a steel tray, do you need to season it before using? Also how long does it need to be preheated in oven before using. Thanks so much, love your recipes. Margie N.

    1. Tara says:

      Hi Margie, are you asking this question in reference to the calzone or the stromboli? I’m asking because your question was posted to the stromboli post which doesn’t use the steel. The calzone instructions are all within the calzone post, including the preheated instructions (see step 1 in the process shots for full preheating instructions).

  5. Al Naclerio says:

    Hello, I’m about to perform this acrobatic act but am confused by the wording of one instruction: “After 40 minutes pull the dough towards its end repeatedly to form a smooth ball.” I’m not sure how that action looks in real life. Can you reword it or provide an image? Thanks. I’m sure I’ll have faked it by the time you respond but, I’d still like to know how that’s done.

    1. Tara says:

      Hi Al, Jim uses his pizza dough to make the stromboli so I’d recommend watching his pizza video to get a visual representation of what shaping the dough ball is like. Here’s the link to the pizza recipe and the video is within the recipe card.
      Hope that helps!

      1. Al Eugene says:

        I watched the video, as you suggested, and it was clearer. The recipe is quite flexible, even if you make a mistake. Hard to do that, though. Excellent results at my house.

        1. Tara says:

          Hi Al, that’s great to hear! So happy you enjoyed!

    2. Al Eugene says:

      No problem, after all. This turned out better than instructed. Crisp, a little more brown than the photo, and, as stated, no need for the extra marinara at the end. Even the little trick suggested if the dough gets too sticky, worked as it implied. This is a keeper and I’m sad that I haven’t had this since the family matriarch died years ago. The printed recipe, using provolone instead of mozzarella, most likely has more flavor, so I’m sticking with provolone. Adhere to the recipe instructions and you’ll be amazed at the outcome.

  6. Baker says:

    Is the rise time longer for both rises if I use Active Dry Yeast? Thank you

    1. Tara says:

      Hi Baker, the active dry yeast doesn’t affect the rise time but the active dry yeast needs to be dissolved in warm water first rather than mixed right in.