Paladini Potpie

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What’s a Stromboli?

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What is Stromboli?

  1. The villain from Pinocchio.
  2. An Island off the coast of Sicily.
  3. A movie starring Ingrid Bergman.
  4. An Italian stuffed sandwich.
  5. All of the above.

And the answer, please…..drumroll….

All of the above!

Lighthouse of the  MediterraneanThe island of Stromboli has a population of about 600 people, and an active volcano which has erupted many times. In fact it has been nicknamed “the lighthouse of the Mediterranean” because the frequent eruptions cause the peak of the volcano to glow 3,000 feet above sea level.

In 1950 Roberto Rossellini directed, Strombolia movie about Karen, a young Lithuanian woman who married an Italian fisherman and went to live with him in the shadow of the volcano on Stromboli.

And after seeing the movie, the owner of Romano’s Italian Restaurant, in Essington PA, (near Philadelphia) came up with a unique new idea for an Italian sandwich, and named it after the movie.

Over the last 60 years since the Stromboli first appeared at Romano’s, it has become a classic Italian-American favorite. Since the Romano family vows that they will never share their original recipe, the sandwich has taken on all kinds of shapes and flavors.  Here’s the Paladini version of Stromboli with chicken and pesto.

1 chicken breast, cut in small cubes

1 small onion, diced

1 bell pepper, diced

6-8 mushrooms, sliced

1/2 cup sliced black olives

2 tbsp olive oil

4 ounces Paladini Pesto (see recipe)

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1 batch of Paladini Pizza dough (see recipe)

Prepare bread dough, and cut it into 8 sections. Set it aside to rest.

Saute the chicken till it’s lightly browned. Add onion, bell pepper and mushrooms. Saute until they are just tender.

Add olives.

Add the pesto and mix well.

Allow the filling to cool to a little warmer than room temperature.


Roll out first section of dough on a floured surface.

roll dough

It should be about 8″ in diameter.

the stromboli stuffer

Place 1/8 of the filling in the center of dough, and top with 1/8 of the mozzarella cheese.

layer ingrdients

Fold, edges over, tucking in and pressing to seal.

fold (2)

Do the same with the remaining 7  sections of dough, then place them on two parchment paper lined baking sheets.


Let them rest for 30 minutes, so the dough will begin to rise. Meanwhile preheat oven to 400°

Bake for about 20 minutes, or until browned.

(*You can also make these stromboli to freeze for later.  Bake them at a lower temperature – about 350°  – and do not let them brown. Allow them to cool completely, and then wrap them well.  The frozen stromboli can be placed in 400° oven and baked till well browned.)


And you thought Stromboli was just the villain from Pinocchio!



Author: paladinipotpie

Welcome! My name is Andrena Paladini and this is a blog about family and love and faith and fun. I call it Paladini Potpie because a potpie is like an adventure in a crust. You never know what might come up, but it’s always going to be good! Think of the best potpie you’ve ever eaten…hot flaky crust holding a rich savory sauce and all kinds of pieces of meat and vegetables…and who knows what? As a family, we’ve chosen to live within the parameters of God’s love and protection. This is the crust of our Paladini Potpie. The crust never changes. Within this crust, the savory sauce of family love binds it all together. That is also fairly constant. But beyond the crust and the sauce we can add just about anything! Good ideas come our way and we’ve adopted and adapted them to add to what John calls our treasure box of memories. These stories and ideas from John’s treasure box of memories are the ingredients I’m putting into our Paladini Potpie. (Okay, so this ridiculous mixing of metaphors about treasure boxes and potpies is exactly what I’m talking about. Silly and ungrammatically correct. But both illustrations work… so we’ll mix them together and it’ll be just fine!) John and I have been married for 30 years. Our children have wonderfully doubled in number since David married Amanda, Monica married Dan, and Matthew married Sarah. And the newest little treats that have been added to our potpie are six adorable grandchildren - Ethan, Angelina, Nathan, Audrey, Maleia and Caleb! I hope you’ll subscribe to my Paladini Potpie blog, and keep up with all the fun new ingredients I add. Hopefully you’ll enjoy our stories and ideas, and find something you’ll want to put into your own potpie! Bon appétit!

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