Monday, August 13, 2007

Stromboli

Baking, the before and after photos:


Yummy-ness on a plate and a delicious bite:


How I've lived my life this long and not made and enjoyed this cheap, easy and yummy recipe until today is absolutely beyond me. I've never met Jenn, but Jenn's Stromboli is to die for, and I think Tom is in love (with either me or her, not sure which).

I had a little trouble getting the dough stretched out without tearing holes, but I'm a complete novice and not always as patient as I could be (me? nah...). Next time I'll press more and pull less. Still, it was easy to close the holes back up so that no yummy cheese could escape. And that whole frozen bread dough concept rocks - overnight in the fridge, and it's good to go. Plus it's really cheap in the 5 loaf pack and keeps forever frozen.

Beyond the 1/4 lb of ham and 1/4 lb of salami, of course I had to add 1/4 lb of pepperoni because that's how we do things here at the house of goodness. Besides, not even buying a full pound of meat and shopping at the cheap place, it was affordable. Using 1 cup of Italian blend shredded cheese worked just perfectly, as did the regular Italian seasoning I have (plus extra basil, always extra basil). The cornmeal is a must (in fact, I'm finding it useful for anything along the lines of calzones or pockets, etc. because it helps prevent sogginess and adds nice texture)!

Tummy stuffed full of Jenn's Stromboli, I'm now working on the Healthy Meatloaf & Meatballs with Gravy to make ahead, but mine won't be as healthy because I went with lean ground beef instead of half ground turkey. The meatloaf is in the fridge for dinner 2 nights from now, and the meatballs will be headed into the freezer once done baking (smelling so good!). Any recipe that looks you cook one and freeze one for later is a good thing. I'm not quite sure about this concept of flat meatloaf, but considering that Tom has never liked any traditional meatloaf he's had and does like similar meatball recipes I've made, maybe this will be the one.

If I'm still feeling productive, I'll be making ahead to freeze one of my favorite recipes Indian Butter Chicken. Once you have all of those yummy spices already on hand, this is fairly easy, even for me, and my entire home smells like heaven on naan bread. It's almost like being someone who actually knows how to cook (except that everything takes me 3 x's as long and sometimes looks funny). The one spice I'm missing is the cardamom pods because they are way beyond my current budget. Still tastes good every time. I'm crazy, but since I'm not a huge chicken fan, last time I made a little portion for me with firm tofu instead (I love all that is tofu - blame it on Japan, didn't know until then). I've read that if you freeze tofu, the consistency one thawed is even more meat-like. We'll see if that's true when I freeze this.

Now, I doubt I'll get quite this ambitious today, but if I still have energy, then I will have to try this Coconut Cake recipe that fellow Chantix quitter Bay posted the other day that made me drool since I've been trying to think of what to do with the bag of coconut that I have.

Timer went off, so the meatballs are ready to freeze.

I don't really care either way today whether I'm smoking or not. This is better than yesterday, by far! More busy to keep. Gotta go!

5 comments:

  1. Wow that all looks yummy. We just did leftovers. :(

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  2. I'm glad you're feeling better! When can we come over for dinner? :)

    Thank you for continuing to share with us, Maggie. It seems like this blog has been a significant element of your quit, but you are certainly paying it forward.

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  3. Tasina, if you mean the leftovers of the yummy recipe from yesterday, I bet it was still awesome. You and Ellie are welcome to come here for dinner anytime ;)

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  4. Maggie.....Ur starving me to death. That looked so yummy.
    I made these hobo dinner things with chicken tonight. My family loves it and its healthy!!!
    Tomorrow we are having Lasagna!!! ummm one of my favorites!!!

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