Hey there, fellow football fans! As a dad of four, a lifelong Steelers enthusiast, and someone who played football in high school and college, plus coached our son’s football team… you can say that football runs deep in my veins. Being from the great state of Pennsylvania, the love for the game is practically a birthright.
Do you know what makes football season even better? The football snacks & appetizers that accompany it, and my personal favorite has to be these mini strombolis.
Why Mini Strombolis?
Now, you might wonder why I’m so passionate about mini strombolis, aside from being from Pennsylvania and loving all things football. Well, here’s the deal – they’re the perfect dinner or appetizer food to have during the football season, and I’ll tell you why.
Perfect Appetizer Or Game-Food
When the game’s on, the last thing you want is to be stuck in the kitchen. Mini strombolis are portable and easy to munch on while you cheer for your favorite team. No need for plates or utensils— just grab one and enjoy.
Mini strombolis are the perfect food for a big family because you can customize them to suit your taste using your favorite football season flavors. Whether you’re into classic pepperoni and cheese or want to get creative with various toppings, they’re incredibly versatile.
As a proud Steeler fan (Becky & I were born & raised in Pennsylvania), I have to say that mini strombolis capture the essence of our state’s love for good food and football. Plus- they’re a nod to Becky’s Italian heritage, bringing together flavors that make us feel right at home.
The Winning Recipe
Now, let’s get down to business and whip up some mini strombolis that will have your family and friends doing their own touchdown dance. Here’s what you’ll need:
Ingredients for Mini Strombolis:
- 1 can of refrigerated pizza dough
- 1/2 cup pizza sauce
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup sliced pepperoni (or your preferred filling)
- 1/4 cup diced bell peppers (optional)
- 1/4 cup diced onions (optional)
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- Pepperoni (optional)
- Sausage (optional)
- ANY PIZZA “TOPPING” THAT YOU LIKE!
- Olive oil (for brushing)
- Marinara sauce (for dipping, optional)
Instructions to make mini strombolis:
- Preheat Your Oven: Preheat your oven according to the instructions on the pizza dough can (usually around 375°F).
- Prepare the Dough: Roll out the pizza dough into a rectangle, approximately 12×8 inches.
- Add Sauce and Toppings: Spread pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, and your preferred fillings evenly over the dough.
- Fold: Fold your dough over, so it has become a pocket holding your fillings
- Seal: Seal the dough using a fork, pressing the underside of the fork down to seal up the dough
- Season and Roll: Sprinkle dried oregano and garlic powder.
- Place on Baking Sheet: Place them on a baking sheet, seam side down.
- Brush with Olive Oil: Brush the tops with olive oil.
- Bake: Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden brown.
- Serve: Serve with marinara sauce for dipping.
So there you have it, folks – the perfect Mini Strombolis for football season! Whether you’re tailgating at the stadium or hosting a game-day gathering at home, these tasty treats are sure to be a hit. They’re easy to make, delightful to eat, and capture the spirit of football culture. Enjoy the game and the food, and may your team score many touchdowns this season!