Saturday, September 8, 2012

Cheese burger Stromboli

I am not what I call a "Food" blogger (and my cheesy phone photos prove it), though I do enjoy cooking for my family, and I adore sharing recipes that may bring your family joy!  This is one of those recipes that is a family pleaser, and can be adjusted with whatever fillings that may bring your family joy at the table!

                                                              Cheeseburger Stromboli

1 package Active Dry Yeast
1 cup warm water (NOT too hot, but warmer then tap)
1 TBS Sugar
1 TSP salt
3 TBS Oil
2 1/2 - 3 cups flour (all purpose is fine)
1 lb ground beef browned and seasoned to taste
2 cups shredded cheese
1- 2 onions caramelized (cooked in butter w/ salt and pepper until wilted and browned)
1/2 stick butter/margarine melted
Garlic Salt

Preheat oven to 400*. In a large bowl mix together 1 cup warm water, yeast, salt, sugar, oil and 1 cup of flour until mixed well. Add in remaining flour until dough forms a ball and begins to pull away from the bowl. Dump and knead for 5 minutes and place in an oiled bowl to rest and (Semi) rise for about twenty minutes.

Divide dough into two balls. Roll out 1 ball of dough into a rectangle. In the middle, add 1/2 of meat and cheese, and 1/2 of caramelized onions if desired. Fold the dough over each way, and tuck in ends. Place on foil lined cookie sheet, leaving room for other loaf. Repeat steps until both Stromboli rolls are complete and tucked safely on the cookie sheets. With a sharp knife, cut a few slits along the top so that the dough can breath and steam can be released and not cause your Stromboli to be soggy inside. Top with melted butter and sprinkle liberally with garlic salt. IF you only put the onions in one of the loafs, it is recommended (to remember which is which) to top the one WITH onions with a few of the onions placed on top.

Bake in oven for about 25 to 30 minutes until both loaves are nicely browned. Cut  into several slices ~ and serve with chips, fries, salad, roasted veggies, or whatever will compliment your personalized Stromboli. I like to serve this with a side of Thousand Island for dipping!

Other things I  have used or recommend besides burger meat :
Ham chunks w/ cheddar
Turkey and Swiss
Barbecue Pork w/ Provolone w/ a side of BBQ sauce to dip
Meatballs w/ mozzarella and marinara to dip

P.S.~ the dough recipe I shared is my favorite pizza crust recipe!


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