Posted by Brette in Food

The April issue of Martha Stewart Everyday Food has a recipe for Broccoli, Tomato and Mozarella Stromboli. In this neck of the woods, we call these pizza pods, which are made at a local restaurant called Pizza Plant. We like to go there because you can custom order your own pod. I usually order one with a spinach dough and spinach and mushrooms inside. Mr. MarthaandMe likes his with anchovies. The kids have always liked it there too because they bring some fresh dough to the table for kids to play with.

stromboliSo, I was happy to give Martha’s stromboli a try. I bought wheat pizza dough at the grocery store and reserved 1/4 of it for Mini-Martha, who wanted to make a small pizza instead of a stromboli. I rolled the other 3 pieces of dough out, but it was difficult to get them to the right size.

Next, I piled on the ingredients. Mine had broccoli (and can I say this recipe calls for frozen broccoli which I have never in my life bought before – I was brave and bought it), spinach, salami, mushroom, cheese and sauce. Mr. MarthaandMe’s had mushrooms, broccoli, salami, cheese, sauce and anchovy paste (blech!).

strombolo2Rolling them up was a bit of a challenge because, as you can see,  I may have overstuffed them a teeny bit!

Now we come to the part where things got a little hairy. I rolled them up and put them on the baking sheet, seam side down. The recipe says to line the baking sheet with foil. I was a bit surprised by this since Martha seems to have a paranoia about foil touching food and all of her recipes tell you to put parchment between the foil and the food. Not so in this recipe. It says to put the strombolis on the foil. So I did, then I baked them.

stromboli3They turned out gorgeously brown and puffy with some filling oozing out. Then I tried to get them off the baking sheet. Right. Not happening. The foil stuck to the bottoms and would not peel off. It was a huge mess. I may have lost my temper and had a few choice words for Martha. Sometimes I get so tired of spending all this time and effort and having things not turn out.

I may have thrown down my spatula in disgust and walked away. Mr. MarthaAndMe valiantly stepped in. He ended up cutting the foil between them, flipping them over and peeling off tiny pieces of foil one at a time. Very frustrating and ridiculous.

I was so upset I forgot to take a photo of the inside, so you’ll just have to use your imagination. They tasted good and I enjoyed the salami, which is not something I would normally have added.  Would I make this again? I don’t know – I think I would rather just have a pizza. Same ingredients and less mess.

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6 Responses

  • aww, sorry about it turning out as good as you wanted it, but at least it tasted good! and it looks so delicious, before it disintegrated anyway. I’m with Mr. Marthandme! I’d put anchovy paste in mine too, if only I had some!

  • I get tired of working so hard to make things and having them not look or taste as good as I wanted! But this did taste good, even if it was a mess! I am not an anchovy fan! Isn’t it funny how different people’s tastes really are?

  • Hi! I saw this on Martha’s TV show today and she used parchment paper on her cookie sheet, so maybe she did not give the recipe the once over before it went into the magazine? I’m still happy that it came out delicious. I’m thinking about asparagus tips in mine in lieu of broccoli. Going to try it out tomorrow.

  • Parchment would definitely be better, but even that could stick and rip. Asparagus sounds good.

  • Maria says:

    I say spray grease all the way. I have made these from other recipes and you have to have something between the dough and the pan. Even pizza goes into an oven with cornmeal between the dough and oven floor. I have an olive oil sprayer and its a godsend for stuff like this. I think you will love the result if you put something on the pan to prevent sticking next time. This is also very good with ham, swiss cheese and pineapple for a filling. Yummy!

  • I made these without any problems. I have a silpat liner on my baking sheet – no mess. I used broccoli and pork and they were delicious. Tonight we’ll be using salami instead of pork.