Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Vegan Cheesesteak Stromboli

A few years ago, I had a little recipe exchange with a friend I had met online. She saw a picture from my bridal shower and saw that we had the same recipe basket, so we exchanged a few cards. I know she got my family's Blueberry Buckle recipe, and one of the recipes I got from her was for stromboli. I took note, because it was one of my husband's favorite things to order, but never got around to making it.

Now, of course, we are vegan, and I have recently made it a goal of mine to convert as many of those recipes that were given to me at my bridal shower into vegan recipes. A few weeks ago I thought I would try and veganize the stromboli. Easy and very unhealthy with Pillsbury canned pizza crust (I already said unhealthy, remember?), I bought Yves pepperoni, vegan cheese, veggies, and it never got made.

A few weeks ago I saw this product:

at the new Whole Foods I talked about earlier this week. By the way, I was very happy to hear that I was not the only one who was super excited about agave being on tap!!

Anyway, I was determined to make the picture on the front of the box. The caveat? I never buy bread like that. I just...don't. So that never got made either.

Today with my mind running wild due to the crazy weather that had been keeping us indoors, they came together and made a super delicious lunch that took less time than it would take you to wait in line at Pat's or Gino's for a cholesterol laden mess.

Vegan Cheesesteak Stromboli
1 can Pillsbury pizza crust
4 slices vegan cheese
1 package Protein Wise seitan, or another thinly sliced seitan or mock beef product
1 onion, sliced
cornmeal, for dusting
salt-free seasoning

This is as simple to make as that list of ingredients is:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Sautee an onion in a pan with non-stick spray. When golden and soft, add the seitan.
While the onion is cooking, sprinkle some cornmeal on a clean dry surface, and roll out the pizza dough, then cut into four rectangles.
Break up the cheese into slices and lay on dough, then mound the seitan and onion mixture in the middle of the dough.
Roll up, being sure to seal the ends, and transfer to a lightly oiled baking sheet.
Lightly spray the tops of the stromboli with cooking spray, then sprinkle with salt-free seasoning (we used Mrs. Dash Chipotle seasoning).
Bake for 10-15 minutes until golden brown.
We suggest dipping in ketchup.

Seriously, this is so good. Warm and familiar, cheesey and satisfying. You could clearly make it healthier by making your own whole wheat pizza dough, but then, if you're like me, you'll probably never get around to doing it.

We have had a TON of snow here, and its still going. I didn't have work today and we're already cancelled for tomorrow. Nick now has off until next week because of the holiday weekend. We're at our wits end a little, but I have had plenty of time to do some cooking and that I do love. What do you do when you're forced to stay home, for snow or for other reasons?


  1. yum. i've just started branching into homemade calzones and stromboli this makes dinner more fun. i've also discovered recently that the no knead bread recipe works just as well for pizza as for bread, so i recommend it if you want to try a super easy homemade dough sometime.

  2. I have been toying around with making stomboli lately too. I am a huge pizza girl! I just bought 4 balls of pizza dough shipped outta Chicago at of all places wal-mart for about $1.28 each...I know, strange right! How was the seitan beef. was it great or just ok? This weekend, I am going to throw down some calzones too, come see what you think! I am going to make ours all veggies I think...unless I can perfect my italian sausage I have been tinkering with!!

  3. Bolis and cheesesteaks are right up my alley. Looks yummy! Loving the snow! I had to go to work, though...

  4. This looks SO good! I am going to try this!

  5. AMAZING. This is EXACTLY the kind of thing that I love to eat. I've never thought of making stromboli before, I can't wait to give it a try. Thanks!

  6. Wow, that looks and sounds fantastic! My hubby would really enjoy this as stromboli is one of this favs too! Thanks!

  7. You my friend are one master in the kitchen this looks incredible! Stay warm :)

  8. How interesting, I haven't seen this unique meat sub before! It makes me think of vegan cheese steaks... Mmm... Now you've got me craving all things cheesy, bready, and faux-meaty!

  9. Well that looks delicious. Anything wrapped in crust is a good thing, in my opinion, but especially if it's full of delicious vegan cheese and goodness :)

  10. I think I will use this idea today! My sister and I are going to make "heart shaped pizza" from scratch, maybe we will edit it to heart shaped strombolis? because this looks awesome! Thanks for posting the instructions :)

  11. woah woah, craziness! I never tried a stromboli as an omni, but I heard of it's deliciousness recently and this one looks so makeable! worth getting cheese for. ^.^

  12. Gauri Radha गौरी राधाDecember 17, 2010 at 4:00 PM

    Looks very appetizing :-)