When I was a kid, Scomboli was quite possibly my all time favorite meal. We didn’t have it very often, so when I saw the two loaves of frozen bread rising on the counter in the morning, I knew we were in for some delicious dinner. I remember one time my mom made a batch with plans to take one of the loaves to someone for dinner. I was devastated. That meant we had to shrink our serving sizes since our whole family only had one loaf. I could seriously pound this food down.
Now that I’m a grown up, I could still probably pound it down, if I wanted to add some pounds. Which I don’t, so I have to limit myself. If it were fat and calorie free, I’m sure I could eat an entire loaf myself. With my growing family of 2 1/2 eaters, I like to cook one loaf for dinner and freeze the second. It works perfectly for us.
This is one of those recipes that is easier to explain with visual aids, so I’ll let the pictures do the talking:
Roll the dough out, spread the egg mixture on top, layer the pepperoni, sausage, ham, and cheese. The order of layering is important. I don’t understand the details of why, but I do know that the order it’s layered in helps the flavors meld correctly.
As for pinching it all together, here’s some help:
Don’t worry, the first couple times I made this, I had to draw diagrams on my recipe so I could remember. It’s pretty simple. Pinch together the long sides like you’re folding up a hot dog. Then tuck and seal the short ends. Count to three and flip the whole loaf upside down so the seal is on the bottom, touching the cookie sheet.
Pop it in the oven and let your mouth water while you smell it cooking. Meaty, cheesy, Italian goodness.
*If it looks done but you cut it open and it’s still too doughy, cover the open end with some foil and pop it back in the oven for 5-10 minutes. It won’t hurt anything.
- 2 loaves frozen bread dough (Rhodes)
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- ½ cup olive or vegetable oil
- ½ tsp. oregano
- ½ tsp. garlic powder
- 3-4 oz. sliced pepperoni
- 12 oz. sausage, cooked
- 5-6 oz. diced ham
- 8 oz. mozzarella cheese, shredded
- Remove dough from freezer in the morning, place on a greased cookie sheet, cover with greased plastic wrap, and let it rise for 4-6 hours, or according to package directions.
- When ready to bake, roll dough out on a floured surface to 10 inches by 12 inches. Whisk the eggs, oil, oregano, and garlic powder in a small bowl, then spread on the loaves, dividing between both loaves (you can reserve a small amount to brush on top as well).
- Layer the following toppings, in order, dividing them between the two loaves: pepperoni, sausage, ham, and cheese.
- Bring sides up the long way, like a jelly roll (or hot dog bun), and pinch together. Tuck in ends and press together, sealing all edges. Flip over and place seam side down on greased cookie sheet. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 25-35 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through.