3.24.2009

Fast Stromboli

Tidbit:Having a large family dinner, and you're watching your weight? Here are some tricks to try:
  • Eating with a small group when you can. One study found that dining with 6 or more people can cause you to eat 76% more, most likely because the meal can last that long. At a big sit-down dinner, be the last one to start eating and the second one to stop.
  • Sit next to a fellow healthy eater, or a slow eater so his pace can slow yours.
  • Wait for all the food to be on the table before making your selections. People who make their choices all at once eat about 14% less than do those who keep refilling when each plate is passed.
Stromboli from Rachel Ray
1 tube refrigerated pizza dough (recommended: Pillsbury brand)
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour or corn meal
1/4 pound sliced pepperoni, about 24 slices
6 slices provolone, deli sliced
6 slices Italian hot ham
8 slices Genoa salami
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning blend
2 tablespoons grated Parmigiano or Romano
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Break open the tube of dough and remove it from container. Dust your hands and lightly coat the dough with flour or cornmeal the roll out onto work surface. Stretch out dough, gently spreading out the rectangle shape it has been formed into already. Cut the thin rectangular dough into 4 equal pieces, working across the dough: cut it in half and cut each half in half again. Cover each piece of dough with: 6 slices pepperoni, 1 1/2 slices cheese, 1 1/2 slices hot ham and 2 slices Genoa salami. Roll each piece on an angle from corner to corner making a long roll that is thicker in the middle and thinner on each end. Brush rolls with extra-virgin olive oil then mix sesame seeds, cheese and seasonings in a small cup, sprinkle and pat the mixture into the dough. Bake until evenly golden, 12 to 14 minutes then serve. Can make this into one long piece too.

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