Makes 2 large stromboli
OMG Vegan Stromboli.. this is something you often can’t eat as a vegan because rarely a pizzeria will make one vegan.. so now you can make your own and feel in pizza heaven! The dough is oil-free so add any filling you like to suit your desires but this one with vegan meatballs & cheese along with farmer’s market tomatoes on top of grilled mushrooms and onions is a killer. Build yours how you want it but just be sure to try it and treat yourself to a great dinner, snack, lunch or anytime meal. Try both methods the traditional one rolled up and the braided one and be sure to let me know which one you liked. I prefer the traditionally shaped one but wanted to give you options. Make this easy by using jarred sauce but when you add sliced tomatoes you almost don’t need sauce as they roast and spread their goodness during baking. Try this and be sure to tell me how you liked it. Enjoy!
First, bake the vegan sausage in the oven. When done cut in chunks & set aside.
Mix with paddle attachment the flour, yeast, salt, garlic & onion powder, first just to blend. Then add applesauce & yogurt & blend. Then while mixing, slowly add one cup of warm water & mix. Switch to the dough hook and mix for 8-10 minutes. Place dough in a bowl & cover and let rise until doubled in size about 30-60 minutes.
Note: (If not using a mixer then just start bringing the dough together with a spatula first, then hands. Then spill the dough out on the counter to knead for at least 10 min).
I prefer to cook the large portabella mushrooms & onions for my filling rather than add them uncooked. Put them in a pan with veggie broth to saute them nicely. (I use a heavyweight to smash the mushrooms (you can use another saucepan to lay on top of them), as it helps to get them caramelized.
Note: If you prefer you can also place all veggies on a tray and roast in the oven at 425F for 30 minutes. Once mushrooms & onions are grilled put them in a bowl & put them aside.
Preheat oven to 450F.
Time to roll out the dough. Place the dough from the bowl onto parchment paper. Cut dough into 2 pieces with a dough scraper. Roll them into a ball and set one aside leaving the one on the parchment paper.
Roll from center out but trying to elongate it into a long rectangle. (See video).
For the fancy braided filling, take your dough scraper and cut slits on both sides so that you have equal pieces to fold over when braiding. (See video)
IMPORTANT NOTE: Before you place the filling in the dough be sure your dough is on the parchment paper so you can transfer it to your pan or peel.
NOTE: I prefer the traditional shape where you fold one side of the dough over the filling and roll until the seam side is down. Keep reading as I explain more.
Now place filling in the center of the rolled-out dough (keeping inside the slits). Make sure to add your meatballs, veggies, fresh herbs & vegan cheese if you desire.
Braid all the way down and the seal. Slide on to paddle or top of an upside-down baking tray keeping the parchment paper under the dough as you will cook it on the parchment paper. Let it sit while you roll out the second dough.
Now for the traditionally shaped stromboli.
Roll out, place filling in the center. Now for the traditionally shaped one, you will stretch one side over the filling to the other side, and roll up until the seam is down and then seal the edges.
Slit the dough to let out steam and let veggies & cheese melt thru.
Now slide the second Stromboli onto the same baking tray with the other one so that you can cook them together. Keep that parchment paper under the Stromboli’s but trim it so you can slide them BOTH onto your pizza stone if you have one.
Note: If you don’t have a pizza stone you can cook them on an upside-down baking tray then you don’t have to worry if they are too long for the tray.
Bake at 450 for 30 minutes but check at 20 minutes.
You will be impressed with the results & very surprised how easy this recipe is. I like to give very clear instructions so it may look daunting but it is super easy so be sure to give it a try. Plus you can freeze one for another time so you get a lot out of your time.