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Family Dinner: Family-Friendly Stromboli

From the kitchen of local chef Renae Briggs
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As a dietary aide at Allegan General Hospital, Renae Briggs uses her culinary background to plan, design and create healthful and nourishing food for patients.

When she’s not working, Briggs, the mother of a 9-year-old Hamilton Elementary student, focuses on more immediate concerns: cooking easy-to-cook and convenient family dinners her daughter loves to gobble down.

Don’t worry, she’s not keeping all her secrets to herself — Briggs was happy to lend us a savory family dinner recipe. The fact that this stromboli is delicious is only part of the deal, says Briggs.

“This recipe is easy to make with the kiddo,” she says. “My daughter helped make this and she loved eating it. Super easy and quick!”

Ingredients

1 can Pillsbury pizza crust

1 jar of your favorite pizza or marinara sauce

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

1 6-ounce package of pepperoni

Favorite toppings of your choice

1 egg and 1 tablespoon milk (optional), whisked together

How to

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, cooking spray or grease.

3. Roll out the crust, stretch or press to about 1/4 inch thickness.

4. Spread desired amount of sauce on half of the dough, leaving about 1 inch space around edges.

5. Add in desired toppings and cheese.

6. Carefully fold crust over filling, pinch or roll crust closed to form traditional stromboli.

7. Mix egg and milk together.

8. Brush crust with egg and milk mixture for golden brown crust.

9. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

Hints

For wet ingredients like olives or banana peppers, drain the toppings and dry them thoroughly before cooking to reduce excess moisture.



Try filling with roast beef, provolone cheese and grilled peppers and onions for a Philly steak stromboli.

Try filling with chili and Frito chips on a cold winter’s day.

Try ham and cheese or even scrambled eggs, bacon bits and shredded cheddar for a hearty start to 
the day.

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Kid-Friendly Mini Stromboli

Ingredients

1 can Pillsbury biscuits
1 jar of your favorite pizza or marinara sauce
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 6-ounce package of pepperoni
Favorite toppings of your choice (Tip: For wet ingredients such as olives or banana peppers, drain and dry thoroughly.)
1 egg (add 1 optional tablespoon of milk), whisked

How To

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper, cooking spray or grease.
3. Separate biscuits.
4. Slice biscuits in half, almost completely through (like a clamshell; also called "butterflying").
5. Lay out flat. Press each side out to about 1/4 inch thickness.
6. Place small amount of sauce, cheese and toppings on one side of "clamshell."
7. Fold top side over. Press edges together with fork.
8. Place on cookie sheet.
9. Brush with egg and milk mixture for golden brown crust, if desired.
10. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until golden.

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