Diana Kostigen, a local food blogger and Smart Shopper reader, brings us a new weekly recipe including ingredients that are on sale that week! This week she shares her ooey, gooey, cheesy recipe for BBQ Chicken Meatball Strombolis!
Diana has been cooking professionally for many years and she has already shared multiple recipes here on the blog in the What's for Dinner posts. Her website, A Spoonful of Luxe, includes many more recipes. My thanks to Diana for her willingness to share her gift. My family will most certainly benefit from her creative and fun approach to cooking!
BBQ Chicken Meatball Strombolis
Sometimes food is so pretty, and so delicious, that it simply speaks for itself. Which is the case with this stromboli. The ultimate in ooey, gooey, cheesy comfort food... kicked up a bit, with some fun new flavors.
I'd never made a stromboli, let alone even tasted one. But, I love pizza. And I love calzones. And how much different could a stromboli be, anyways? Not much, except that it's long log-like shape is often braided, which ranks high in my book, for presentation. And it's great name... appealing to movie buffs, like me, since it was named after the 1949 movie Stromboli, starring Ingrid Bergman.
So, I set out to create the perfect stromboli, using some of my favorite ingredients like ground chicken, BBQ sauce, caramelized onions, corn, and cilantro. And thanks to this week's sale ingredients I was able to get pizza dough for a dollar, and a tomato and green onions for less than that. And the rest, I found in my freezer, fridge and pantry from past sales. A good reminder to stock up when you see sale item that you use regularly, making meals even more cost-effective in the future.
BBQ Chicken Meatball Strombolis
1 pizza dough ball
1 pound ground chicken
1/2 large onion, sliced
3/4 c. barbecue sauce
1 c. frozen corn, defrosted
1/4 c. cilantro, rough chopped
2 green onions, chopped
2 cups mozzarella cheese
1 tomato, sliced thin
Salt and pepper
First, roll the ground chicken (that has been salted) into small meatballs. Fry in a skillet with olive oil over medium-high heat until just cooked through, browning on all sides. Set aside in a bowl, and when cool, mix in the BBQ sauce to coat. Then to the skillet add the sliced onion and more oil as needed. Cook on medium-high heat until translucent, then turn down the heat to low and cook until caramelized, for about 10-15 minutes, adding salt to taste.
While the onions are cooking, cut the dough ball in half and on a floured surface, roll and stretch out the dough into two long ovals. Place on a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with non stick spray.
To each stromboli, layer on the meatballs (adding extra sauce on the bottom if desired). Top with the cheese, corn, cilantro and green onions- keeping all the ingredients in a line down the center. Then fold over the ends of the dough to seal, and next cut strips about 1 inch deep on the diagonal, down each side of the dough. Alternating from the right to the left, place the strips of dough over the center to cover the filling and create a braid- making sure not to allow too large of gaps in between the strips. Then top with tomato slices, and more corn and green onions, if desired and salt and pepper. Spray with some olive oil spray, to add a nice shine. And bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes, or until the dough is cooked through, especially checking the top center.
Makes 2 Strombolis and serves 4
$1.86 per serving
*Note: all costs are approximate due to regional sale prices, amounts needed just for this specific recipe, and ingredients on hand. This recipe was created to utilize sale ingredients listed for the current week in Raleigh, NC stores.