Monday, March 24, 2008

Ham and Cheese Stromboli

If you are wondering what to do with your left over Easter Ham, here is a great way to serve it without a lot of work. The taste of the ham and Swiss cheese is very similar to the taste of Chicken Cordon Blue, but this dish travels a bit better.

Like our other Italian Dishes, this dish is a great crowd pleaser. You can serve it as an appetizer to company, or take it to work for lunch.
This also makes great game time munchies when you are watching your beloved Celtics or Patriots.

  • 2-4 slices of ham
  • 1 ball of pizza dough, I got mine at a local pizza joint. Allow the dough to rise before using.
  • 6-8 oz Swiss cheese, shredded
  • 1 handful of corn meal
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil

  1. Place the ham in a frying pan over medium heat.
  2. Cook for at least 3 minutes on each side, or until lightly seared. This helps get rid of some of the water, which prevents your stromboli from exploding in the oven. It also concentrates the flavor and makes it smokier.
  3. Roll out the dough, using the corn meal to prevent sticking to your board.
  4. Lay out the dough on a cookie sheet.
  5. Cut the ham into strips and spread evenly over the dough.
  6. Spread the shredded cheese over the ham.
  7. Roll up the dough around the ingredients.
  8. Press down the ends with a fork to seal, this is important so that you do not lose your cheese.
  9. Poke holes with a tooth pick all along the top. The holes should be spaced at least 1 inch apart. This is important so that your pie does not explode in the oven.
  10. Brush the surface of the dough with olive oil.
  11. Bake at 375o for 30 minutes.
  12. Let stand at room temperature for at least 10 minutes before cutting.

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