Friday, September 30, 2016

Foodie Friday: Stromboli (That's Not Really Stromboli)

My kids have a couple favorite meals.  The first is, hands down, chicken wrapped in bacon (with homemade Chickfila sauce for dipping.)  Second place, though, is what they call "Stromboli."  Italians, please don't attack me.  I know this isn't actual Stromboli.  I don't know why we even started calling it that in the first place but that's what we call it.  They LOVE it.  We normally try to keep our weekday meals at least somewhat healthy: a meat entrĂ©e and a couple of veggies.  But some days just call for busting out a kid favorite.
 
This isn't so much a recipe as a method.  But I thought I'd share anyway just in case someone else's kids would be as crazy about it as mine are!
 
I made two different kinds on this particular day -- ham and cheese (always a crowd favorite) and Ranch chicken and cheese.  Here's what you need for those:
 
For the ham and cheese: one can of Crescent roll dough sheets, laughing cow cheese, sliced ham, shredded cheese, melted butter, corn meal
For the chicken: one can of crescent roll dough sheets, Ranch dressing, laughing cow cheese, shredded or cubed chicken (I obvs went the easy way out this particular day), shredded cheese, melted butter, corn meal

Start by rolling out your crescent roll dough.  For the ham and cheese, spread laughing cow over the entire dough sheet.  Place ham over half and sprinkle with shredded cheese.  Fold your dough over and seal with a fork.  Pour melted butter over the top and sprinkle with corn meal (I also usually sprinkle with garlic salt, Italian seasoning, things like that)
 

For the chicken, spread laughing cow and ranch dressing over the entire dough sheet.  Place chicken over half and sprinkle with shredded cheese.  This kind is also SO GOOD with jalapenos thrown in if your kids aren't jerks about "hot pickles."  Fold your dough over and seal with a fork.  Pour the melted butter and sprinkle with corn meal just as with the ham and cheese.
 
Bake at 375 for about 15 minutes, until they're golden brown.
 

I use a pizza cutter to slice them up and serve them.  My kids love these SO MUCH!
 

Again, it's just a super easy method for a food that kids love, love, love.  It's also easy to modify.  We've made them pizza style (with marinara sauce, pepperoni, mozza cheese), cheeseburger style (beef, cheese, mustard, ketchup), taco style (taco meat and cheese), and club sammy style (ham, turkey, bacon, and cheese.) 

Mix it up and enjoy!

(P.S. I totally get the irony in posting this kind of "recipe" on a post titled "foodie" but I'm a sucker for alliteration!  ;) )