Monday Musings + Pepperoni Stromboli

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Christina Ross
Christina Ross
I'm a human being on planet earth. I've lived hundreds of lifetimes. In this incarnation I'm here to advance medicine.

another edition of Monday Musings, where we combine the joy of culinary exploration with a touch of food for thought. Today, we’re diving into the delightful world of Pepperoni Stromboli. This Italian-inspired dish is the perfect way to kickstart your week with a burst of flavor. So, roll up your sleeves, put on your chef’s hat, and let’s get cooking!

NameMonday Musings + Pepperoni Stromboli
Prep Time25 minutes
Cooking Time30 minutes
Total Time1 hour and 55 minutes (including dough rising time)
Servings6 servings


  • 1 ½ cups warm water (110°F)
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup sliced pepperoni
  • Olive oil for brushing
  • Marinara sauce for dipping


1. Prepare the Dough:

  • In a small bowl, combine warm water, sugar, and active dry yeast. Let it sit for about 5 minutes until it becomes frothy.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine flour and salt. Make a well in the center and pour in the yeast mixture and olive oil.
  • Mix until the dough comes together. Knead the dough on a floured surface for about 5 minutes until it’s smooth and elastic.
  • Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover it with a clean kitchen towel, and let it rise for about 1 hour, or until it has doubled in size.

2. Assemble the Stromboli:

  • Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  • Punch down the risen dough and roll it out on a floured surface into a large rectangle.
  • Spread pizza sauce evenly over the dough, leaving a small border around the edges.
  • Sprinkle half of the shredded mozzarella cheese over the sauce.
  • Layer the pepperoni, olives, bell pepper, red onion, and mushrooms on top of the cheese.
  • Sprinkle with dried oregano, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes (if desired).
  • Top with the remaining mozzarella cheese.

3. Roll and Bake:

  • Carefully roll up the stromboli, starting from one long edge, tucking in the sides as you go.
  • Place the stromboli seam-side down on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Brush the top with olive oil.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for about 25-30 minutes, or until it’s golden brown and the cheese is bubbly and slightly browned.

4. Serve and Enjoy:

  • Let the stromboli cool for a few minutes, then slice it into portions.
  • Serve with marinara sauce for dipping.
  • Enjoy your Monday Musings with a slice of Pepperoni Stromboli!

As you savor each bite of this Pepperoni Stromboli, let’s remember that Mondays are a canvas for new beginnings. Use them as a platform to explore new recipes, gather with loved ones, and infuse positivity into your week. Food, like life, is meant to be enjoyed to the fullest, and this Stromboli is the perfect way to start your week on a delicious note. So, here’s to Mondays and to culinary adventures that make them brighter!

Estimated Nutrition Per Serving:

  • Calories: 390 calories
  • Total Fat: 20g
  • Saturated Fat: 8g
  • Cholesterol: 45mg
  • Sodium: 1000mg
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Total Carbohydrates: 36g
  • Servings: 2
  • Dietary Fiber: 2g
  • Sugars: 2g
  • Protein: 15g

1. My friend, Cara, has organized a once-weekly month-long event celebrating heart-healthy recipes for the duration of February.

Cara, Nicole, Amy, and I will be posting heart-healthy recipes for breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner, and dessert on the 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th (respectively) of this month.

For more details on this fantastic event, including link-up instructions and giveaway prizes – check out this page on Cara’s blog!

2. I have been listening to this song on repeat.

And then Ellen featured this band with their rendition of the song, and I honestly can’t decide which version I like better!

3. This week on The Back Burner (which just got a makeover – check out the new site!) is all about football-watching fare.

Monday Musings + Pepperoni Stromboli

Be sure not to miss my recipe for Pepperoni Stromboli!

You certainly don’t need to be watching football to enjoy these chewy, cheesy, and delicious pizza slices… but they would definitely make an excellent addition to your Super Bowl party.

They’re definitely going on our menu for next Sunday.

Monday Musings + Pepperoni Stromboli

4. There are 2 weeks left to vote for my 

 in the Nutty About Yogurt recipe contest! If you haven’t already voted, you may do so by clicking here. I greatly appreciate your support!

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