Great American Cookbook Competition

By Central PA Live

Published 05/15 2014 06:49PM

Updated 05/16 2014 05:56PM

From the Rachael Ray kitchen to the Central PA Live kitchen, finalist Lauren Kudlawiec shares her recipe for Mrs. K’s Sicilian Strombolli!
Lauren Kudlawiec, known to her students at Penn Cambria as Mrs. K, is one of only two people left in Rachael Ray’s Great American Cookbook Competition. You can see Mrs. K compete in the finals on Monday, May 19 at 9:00 am on WTAJ, but first she shares her Stromboli recipe with our audience.
Mrs. K's Sicilian Stromboli
Who loves stromboli??? The students I teach at my school sure do! I use this recipe to show my class how to use whole wheat flour and low fat protein in their meals without sacrificing flavor. After tasting it, they all love this dish and even head home to make it for their families!
Prep Time: 25 minutes       Cook Time: 20 minutes 
Servings: 6 servings         Cost: $8.49
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
8 ounces turkey sausage
1 lb whole wheat pizza dough (you can buy this at the store for about $1 or make your own)
1 teaspoon parsley flakes, dried
1 teaspoon basil, dried
1 1/2 cups of Italian cheese, grated (mozzarella or Italian blend)
½ cup of parmesan cheese, grated
4 large slices of deli ham
30 slices turkey pepperoni
Tomato sauce for serving, if desired
*See note at the bottom for variations
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a large rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray. 
Preheat large skillet to medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, onions and garlic and sauté for 3-4 minutes, until onions are translucent. Add turkey sausage and cook until browned and no longer pink. Be sure to break up chunks of sausage to get bite-size pieces of sausage.  Remove from heat to cool.
Roll out the pizza dough to fit the length of the baking sheet, about 14 inches by 10 inches. Sprinkle the surface of the dough with parsley and basil. Lay the ham down the middle of the dough. Sprinkle the parmesan cheese over the ham evenly. Next, layer on the turkey sausage mixture, Italian cheese and turkey pepperoni. Once the fillings are added, take one long side of the dough and gently pull it over the filling. Repeat with the other side. It should look like a giant burrito. Fold up the ends of the dough and seal edges by pressing lightly. Cut three small vent holes in the top of the stromboli to allow for steam to escape. 
Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes until the top crust is golden brown. Let rest it for 5 minutes before serving. Slice with a chef's knife or pizza cutter and serve with warm tomato sauce on the side. A side salad of romaine, tomatoes and cucumbers is a great pairing.
Nutritional Information
Calories: 400  Total Fat: 18.9g  Sodium: 1,213mg  Carbohydrates: 35g
Fiber: 5.8mg  Sugar 0.8g  Protein 27.5g
Spice it Up! You can make all of the various below with the recipe above! All you need is a type of cheese and the pizza dough; just make sure all of your ingredients are fully cooked before you fill the stromboli.
Buffalo Chicken: Sautéed onions, garlic and celery with grilled chicken, hot sauce, and blue cheese.
Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, cooked bacon, scallions and cheddar
BBQ Chicken: Grilled chicken tossed in BBQ sauce, sautéed red onions and cheddar
Philly Steak and Cheese: Grilled steak, mozzarella or provolone cheese, sautéed green peppers, mushrooms and onions.

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