Whole Wheat Spinach Stromboli

This is my spinach Stromboli, and it is tasty. To clarify some confusion, Stromboli and calzones are not the same thing. Both Stromboli and calzones are pizza derivatives. Both use either pizza dough or Italian bread dough (which involve similar ingredients) to achieve a similar goal: a small handhold pizza roll.  The differences come from their origins, and how they are assembled and eaten. A Stromboli is named after the Italian island of Stromboli but the creation is Italian-American and believed to have originated in South Philadelphia.

A Stromboli is typically a long cylinder-like shape that has been rolled (or tri-folded, as is the case here) and is often cut up and shared.  Calzones, on the other hand, are 100% Italian deriving from Naples.  Calzones are folded in half into a crescent shape, crimped, and are ordinarily single-serving.  Calzones also never have tomato sauce inside, but are often served with a dipping sauce.

spinach stromboli

My boys love pizza, and it was no surprise that this was a hit with them too. I did not make my pizza dough, but you can. I used my favorite fresh, whole wheat dough and it worked perfectly. If you are interested in making your dough, here is a link to a recipe I like. If I have time, I do make my simple tomato sauce, but again, shortcuts are needed sometimes, a good quality store-bought sauce works just as well. If you use pre-made dough and sauce, this can be a quick meal on a busy night.  Who does not love that?

spinach stromboli

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Andrea Potischman

I am a professionally trained NYC chef turned CA mom and food blogger. I post about real food, with doable ingredient lists that are family friendly.

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