I've started two new projects lately that have entirely sucked every spare second of my life (because I had so much free time as it was...). And they are both so nerdy and awesome its got to be cool. First up - Joel and I have started doing some genealogical research into our families. For my birthday I got a DNA kit from Ancestry.com, and we figured we needed to sign up for an account to go along with it. We have been having so much fun finding out who our ancestors were; seeing their faces, learning stories about them, etc. For instance, I think its awesome that I had a cousin (5x removed) in the late 1800's who lived in Wood County, WV, seriously about an hour away from where we just lived the last three years! Who knew?!
Secondly, we've started watching a new TV show. And we could not be more obsessed about it! As soon as we get the kids to bed each night, we race downstairs to get an episode or two in! What show is this? Why, Dr. Who, of course! We decided to start on Season 5 (or Dr. #11) and we instantly fell in love with his geeky goofy ways. You should totally check it out (Netflix, people!)
Ladybug and I made this recipe together a few weeks ago, when I was just starting to feel like I was capable of cooking dinner but not quite ready for a full on homemade meal yet. This stomboli was the perfect alternative - quick and easy by utilizing some store-bought staples, and yet so delicious. Ladybug loved that she was able to help cook it (we made lots of Ladybug friendly dinners lately - pigs in a blanket, pizza, quesadillas - pretty much anything where a 4 year old can help, and she loves it!).
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Keywords: bake cheese Quick
Ingredients (4-6 servings)
- 1 tube refrigerated pizza dough
- 1/2 cup marinara sauce (plus extra for dipping)
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 1 cup provolone cheese, shredded
- 6 ounces sliced pepperoni, salami, or proscuitto, Italian sausage, or any combination of meats you like.
- 2 eggs, beaten
- Note: You could also add chopped onions, bell peppers, broccoli,
Preheat oven to 375.
In a small bowl, whisk the eggs and set aside.
On a lightly floured surface, pat the pizza dough until you get a nice sized recitinge (you don't have to roll it thin, just spread it out a little more).
Evenly spread the marinara sauce on top, leaving about 1" border around the edges.
Evenly sprinkle half the cheese on top of the sauce.
Top with the meat, and then sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.
Brush some of the eggs onto the edges of the dough.
Starting with the longest end of the rectangle dough, roll the dough into a log shape.
Transfer (carefully) to a greased baking pan.
Brush the rest of the egg whites on top.
Using a sharp knife, create 3-4 slashes on the top of the dough.
Bake for 25-35 minutes, or until golden brown.
Allow to cool for 10 minutes before slicing and serving with warm marinara sauce.
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