Lunchtime Review : Stromboli

In which I roll up bread and meat and cheese and create food heaven.

Stromboli on a chopping board

The Menu.

Ingredients: Bread and Meat

Preparation: Roll it up and bake it

Cost:Several pigs


I love my traditional English Easter dinner, other than Christmas it is a chance to have a large family dinner with a pile of food. A great part about being married to an American-Italian-German is that food is an important part of Easter.

When we have partaken in dinner in NY I have been sent on epic quests just to locate a piece of meat. If I’d asked someone back home in England to drive 30 miles just to purchase a piece of meat they would call me crazy…however that meat, it tasted good. I mean real good. Even when my body started screaming at me that I’d eaten more pork than I should, I still needed to keep eating.

It wasn’t like I went into dinner on an empty stomach, beforehand I’d eaten some slices of Stromboli. If you’re sitting there with no idea what this is, as I didn’t before meeting my wife, it is possibly classified as humanity’s greatest gastronomical invention (along with garlic bread or pigs in blankets).


I imagine conversations around Stromboli’s creation happened something like this:

Frank: John, I love Swiss rolls.
John: They taste so good don’t they?
Frank: I love sponge with jelly rolled in, that’s a brilliant idea.
John: Oh, what about those chocolate ones with cream inside.
Frank: Then with chocolate coating?
John: Yeah…
Frank: Know what would be better than jelly or cream?
John: Could anything be better?
Frank: Meat!
John. Exactly! What Swiss Rolls need is more meat, that would make it so awesome.
Frank: We should do this, right away.


Thus Stromboli came into being, because a couple of guys realised that sticking cold meats into a rolled up piece of bread, then baking it, would be a clear indication of mankind’s difference from animals. No otter, chimp or bird could think of creating such a brilliant piece of cookery.


Is there anything we could do to make Stromboli even better, I realise that this is like trying to paint a larger smile on Mona Lisa’s face, is to do something about eating so much bread. It is quite filling. Perhaps replace it with sausage meat?

Then, just like a chocolate covered treat, what you’d need is little extra ingredient to keep it bound together. What could that be, is there a food item that could make “amazing” awesome?

Of course there is.



Source: Grain

Author: geekergosum

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4 thoughts on “Lunchtime Review : Stromboli”

  1. I should know this dish, but did not. I asked Mr. Swiss if he knew what Stromboli was and he replied “a river in Italy” so even the Swiss don’t know the advantages of this tasty dish. I once visited a factory in London when I was a school where they made the Swiss rolls (think it way Lyons). Did you know they rolled them by hand at that time – yes, I never ate one since.


  2. Having read your post a few times, I feel stupid for not noticing any three letter words-for surely, it is impossible to write without any three letter words? Congratulations on not only that, but for writing an entertaining post as well.


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