Inside: Looking for an easy dinner? This freezer stromboli kit can be made ahead of time and taste great. Make life easier and serve your family a homemade meal!
Do you ever find a meal that your whole family just loves but has you in the kitchen all afternoon? I hate when that happens.
A few years ago I found a new recipe that my family loved. Unfortunately, it was one of those recipes that take a decent amount of time to make. Despite the fact that we loved it so much, I was only making it every other month. So, I took some time and tweaked a few things in the recipe to make this freezer stromboli kit. Now I can just pull out a kit in the morning and with little work, we have a great dinner we can all enjoy.
I can make one Stromboli for dinner and three more kits. I usually buy everything I need from Aldi for around $10. This makes them only $2.50 each. You can change up whatever you like for the fillings. We love peppers, mushrooms, onions, cheese, and pepperoni. Throw together a salad and you have a great meal.
Start by mixing up the dough for the stromboli. Place 1 cup warm water in a mixing bowl with 2 packets yeast. Let sit for about 5 minutes until it is bubbly. Then add 2 1/2 cups room temperature water, 1 teaspoon salt, and 4 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Slowly add in 8 1/2 cups of flour, you may need to add more or less. The dough should not stick to your fingers when you touch it. Mix at a low-speed with a dough hook for about 5 minutes. Cover the bowl and let rise for about an hour.
While the dough is rising, you can work on the filling. I use 2 onions, a small container of mushrooms, and a small container of peppers. Wash them off and chop them up. Place them in a large skillet with a bit of olive oil and sauté them for about 5 minutes.
Once they are finished sautéing set them aside so they can cool. If you place them in a bag or container while they are still hot they will get watery. When they are cooled you can divide them into fourths. I put three in a bag and one for dinner that night.
When the dough is done then put it on a floured counter. Divide the dough into four parts. I wrapped the dough first with plastic wrap and then placed them in a large freezer bag.
The fourth part I used that day. I rolled it out to about 12 by 18 inches. It doesn't need to be perfect, just about that size.
I then added the vegetable mixture to the center of the dough. Try to keep it in the middle.
Add a heaping cup full of cheese on top of the veggies. I added a heaping cup of cheese to three other ziplock bags to go in my kit.
Finally, I added pepperoni on top of the cheese. I used a 6 oz. container of pepperoni and split it 4 ways. One part on top of my stromboli and the other three in bags to go in the kit.
Now you can braid your stromboli. It is very easy to do and comes out looking great. Start by cutting one-inch slices in the dough. You don't need to be exact, I just guesstimate.
Start at one end and fold the strips into the middle.
Fold one on top of the other until you have finished all the strips.
Now you can brush the top with water or egg whites and sprinkle some seasonings over the top. We like Italian seasonings on ours.
Pop it in the oven at 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes.When it is lightly browned on top it is done. Pull it from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes. Then slice it and serve.
While the stromboli is in the oven you can gather up all your food to put in the kits. Make sure you mark your kits with what is in it and when you made them. I like to use these bags to make sure they don't get freezer burn and I use labels that I buy on Amazon to make sure I know the date and what temperature to cook them.
Store them in the freezer. I recommend pulling them from the freezer the morning you want to use them and put the kit in the fridge. Then it only takes about 5 minutes to make up your stromboli.
Total I usually spend about 20 minutes on the dough, 20 on the veggies, and 20 minutes assembling my kits. Plus remember you have to let the dough rise for about an hour. This is so worth it to me to have an easy freezer meal that we all enjoy.
Freezer Stromboli Kit
1 cup warm water
2 envelopes Yeast
1 teaspoon Salt
2 1/2cups room temperature water
4 tbsp. Vegetable Oil
8 1/2 cups Flour
1 lb. Shredded Cheese
6 oz. Pepperoni Slices
1 bag mini peppers
1 box Mushrooms
Place 1 cup warm water in a mixing bowl with 2 packets yeast. Let sit for about 5 minutes until it is bubbly. Then add 2 1/2 cups room temperature water, 1 teaspoon salt, and 4 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Slowly add in 8 1/2 cups of flour, you may need to add more or less. The dough should not stick to your fingers when you touch it. Mix at a low speed with a dough hook for about 5 minutes. Cover the bowl and let rise for about an hour.
While dough is rising slice onions, peppers, and mushrooms. Saute for about 5 minutes and divide into fourths once cool. Divide cheese and pepperoni into four portions. When the dough is finished rising divide into 4 portions and roll out dough to approximately 12 x 18 inches. Put three other dough portions into a ziplock bag. Make sure you label them.
Add one portion of the veggies, cheese, and pepperoni to the center of the dough. Cut and braid the dough. Brush the top of the dough with water or egg and sprinkle with Italian seasonings. Bake in the oven at 350 for 15-20 or until golden. Assembly the other three kits while the stromboli is cooking.
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Kristen @ Joyfully Thriving says
Clever idea, Julie! I like it. I'll have to give this a try!
I hope you enjoy it! It's been a big time saver for me.
So smart! This looks really delicious to the point that I really want to go cook it tonight!
I hope you enjoy!
OOOH! We LOVE stromboli and this idea is brilliant! What an awesome gift to give to someone, too. Or a meal to a family in need. I love this idea!
Thanks I hope you enjoy it!
I forgot to mention that I'm stopping by from the Home Matters Linky Party! 🙂 OOPS! Thanks for sharing and hope to see you with us next week!
Gentle Joy says
What a great idea! I do the same freezer idea for other meals, but have never made this one... thank you for the great pictures and tutorial! 🙂
Cynthia L says
Love Stromboli and I love having a lot of meals in the freezer! Thanks for sharing at the This Is How We Roll Link Party! See you next week.
Lydia @ Thrifty Frugal Mom says
Very smart! I make extra pizza crust and freeze it, but never thought of making kits like this.
Stephanie R says
What a great idea! I am forever looking for more freezer meals for my family and I bet my bunch would just LOVE this!
Hope you enjoy it! Thanks for stopping by.
S.L. Payne says
I love the idea of making the kits! It seems like dinner is always when I have my hands most full between kids being hungry, tired, and trying to help with homework so I've been trying to keep it simple and this looks like it would be a huge hit! How many people do you usually feed out of one of your kits (including salad- my boys are crazy salad eaters so that would be a must to go along with it!). I might need to double it since there are six of us and each of the three boys can eat more than me 😉 ummm.... maybe triple... Thanks so much for sharing!
My son loves salads too! Such a healthy habit. I have found that it makes about 4 large portions or 6 smaller portions. You might be able to double the meat or veggies in it to kind of stretch how many it feeds. It would be great with some small Italian sausage. Hope that helps.
Brittany at Equipping Godly Women says
That looks yummy! I'm always looking for new recipes (especially ones with veggies), and I bet my family would really like this!
Question: Have you tried assembling the stromboli and then freezing it uncooked? I'm curious if I could save more prep time for a weeknight dinner.
I haven't tried it before. Let me know how it works if you try it.
I was wondering if it would be possible to make and bake the Stromboli's.? That would make it possible to have as a lunch or a really quick dinner.
If anyone tries it, let us know. If I give it a try, I'll report on my field studies.
I haven't tried that yet, but let me know if you try it. I would love to know how it works.
How long does it take to nead the dough by hand I haven't gotten a dough hook yet
5 minutes by hand should be good.