Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Bacon Cheeseburger Stromboli

Isn't this a special post - pictures and video. Don't get used to it :-)


1 5lb bag of flour
2 tablespoons salt
1 teaspoon sugar
5 teaspoons yeast
10 cups of water

2 big mixing bowls

3 lbs grated cheddar cheese
3.5 lbs ground beef (80/20 or leaner)
1 lb bacon
2 large chopped onions (optional)


Dough (need to do this first)

1. In a large bowl, dry mix 4 lbs of flour and the 2 tablespoons of salt. (Keep 1 lb of flour in reserve)
2. In another large bowl or small pot, put in 10 cups of tepid water (not too cold, not too hot, but leaning on the warm side). Mix in 5 teaspoons of yeast and 1 teaspoon of sugar until it is dissolved.
3. Start to mix the yeast/water mixture into the dry mix. Use your hand to mix it all around (clean them first!) - TIP: Put flour on your hands before mixing to prevent sticky fingers.
4. Mix dough until it mixes well. If the mixture is too sticky, add more flour. If it is too dry, add a little more water (better to be dry).
5. Leave the dough for 2 hours to rise. (Keep the room on the warm side).
6. After 2 hours, separate dough into smaller balls (this mixture should yield 8-10 1 lb balls of dough). Allow the dough to rest for another hour.


1. Add a splash of olive oil to a frying pan and start to cook the bacon (make sure you place the bacon on paper towels to absorb excess grease). As the grease accumulates, put in in a large pot set at medium-low heat.

2. When you have about a half-cup of grease, add the chopped onions. Stir and cover. As you get more grease, add (about 1 cup total).
3. When the onions looks translucent, add the ground beef. Cover the pot. Increase to medium-high heat.

4. When the beef is cooked (about 15-20 minutes), crumble the bacon and add in pot. Drop heat to simmer and allow to blend for 5-10 minutes. Mix well.

5. Grab a dough ball and flour a large clean flat surface. Start to spread out the dough. Momz Lombardi said you don't need a roller, but I used one. When the dough is nice and flat, splash some olive oil and cover the whole dough surface.
6. Throw down the cheese and meat mixture all over. Roll the stromboli. Splash a little more olive oil on the top. Repeat for as many as you are making.

7. Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees and grease a large flat pizza pan.
8. Add the stromboli to the oven and allow to cook for 40 minutes (Until the top has a nice golden brown color).