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July 17, 2011



  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lb. kale (preferably lacinato), stemmed and coarsely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ½ cup whole-milk ricotta cheese
  • ½ cup grated fresh mozzarella cheese (from one 8-oz. log_
  • ½ oz. Parmesan cheese, grated (about 2 Tbsp.)
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)

Preheat oven to broil, with top rack about 6 inches from heat. Heat oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Add garlic, and cook, stirring constantly, until it begins to sizzle, about 1 minute. Add kale and water sprinkle with salt. Cook kale, stirring occasionally, until it's wilted, softened and water has evaporated, about 5 minutes.

Remove from heat. Top kale with dollops of ricotta and mozzarella.

Place skillet in oven, and broil until mozzarella has melted and lightly browned, about 2 to 4 minutes.

Remove from oven. Sprinkle with Parmesan, oregano, garlic powder and crushed red pepper. Serve immediately

Recipe Summary

  • 4 hard rolls, split
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pounds round steak, thinly sliced
  • 1 large onion, sliced and quartered
  • 1 pinch coarse sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ⅛ teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 8 (1 ounce) slices provolone cheese
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning

Preheat an oven to 500 degrees F (260 degrees C). Split the rolls open and toast them on a baking sheet in the oven while it is preheating. Mix together the mayonnaise, garlic, and Parmesan cheese in a small bowl. Refrigerate until ready to use. Remove the rolls from the oven when toasted as desired.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Carefully place the sliced steak and onions in the pan and season with sea salt, Worcestershire sauce, and liquid smoke. Cook and stir until the steak is browned and the onion is tender, about 10 minutes.

Generously spread the prepared garlic-Parmesan mayonnaise on both halves of the toasted rolls. Divide the steak and onion mixture evenly among the bottom halves of the rolls, piling them high. Top each with 2 slices provolone cheese and sprinkle with Italian seasoning. Place the tops on the sandwiches.

Bake the sandwiches on a baking sheet in the preheated oven until the cheese is melted, about 5 minutes.

Pizza Crust

What a treat — hot homemade pizza, with exactly the toppings you like. And this crust adapts to YOUR schedule: make the dough now, and serve fresh pizza up to 2 days later. Please read this recipe all the way through before starting. It gives you a lot of baking options, and you want to choose the one that best fits your schedule.


  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast or instant yeast
  • 7/8 to 1 1/8 cups (198g to 255g) lukewarm water*
  • 2 tablespoons (25g) olive oil
  • 3 cups (361g) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons (8g) salt


If you're using active dry yeast, dissolve it, with a pinch of sugar, in 2 tablespoons of the lukewarm water. Let the yeast and water sit at room temperature for 15 minutes, until the mixture has bubbled and expanded. If you're using instant yeast, you can skip this step.

Weigh your flour or measure it by gently spooning it into a cup, then sweeping off any excess. Combine the dissolved yeast (or the instant yeast) with the remainder of the ingredients. Mix and knead everything together—by hand, mixer or bread machine set on the dough cycle—till you've made a soft, smooth dough. If you're kneading in a stand mixer, it should take 4 to 5 minutes at second speed, and the dough should barely clean the sides of the bowl, perhaps sticking a bit at the bottom. Don't over-knead the dough it should hold together, but can still look fairly rough on the surface.

To make pizza up to 24 hours later, skip to step 5.

To make pizza now: Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover the bowl, and allow it to rise till it's very puffy. This will take about an hour using instant yeast, or 90 minutes using active dry. If it takes longer, that's OK just give it some extra time.

Take it a step further

The best thin-crust pizza

To make pizza later: Allow the dough to rise, covered, for 45 minutes at room temperature. Refrigerate the dough for 4 hours (or for up to 24 hours) it will rise slowly as it chills. This step allows you more schedule flexibility it also develops the crust's flavor. About 2 to 3 hours before you want to serve pizza, remove the dough from the refrigerator.

Decide what size, shape, and thickness of pizza you want to make. This recipe will make one of the following choices:
Two 1/2"-thick 14" round pizzas (pictured)
Two 3/4"-thick 12" round pizzas
One 3/4" to 1"-thick 13" x 18" rectangular (Sicilian-style) pizza (pictured)
One 1 1/2"-thick 9" x 13" rectangular pizza
One 1"-thick 14" round pizza.

Divide the dough in half, for two pizzas or leave it whole for one pizza.

If you're making a rectangular pizza, shape the dough into a rough oval. For a round pizza, shape it into a rough circle. In either case, don't pat it flat just stretch it briefly into shape. Allow the dough to rest, covered with an overturned bowl or lightly greased plastic wrap, for 15 minutes.

Use vegetable oil pan spray to lightly grease the pan(s) of your choice. Drizzle olive oil into the bottom of the pan(s). The pan spray keeps the pizza from sticking the olive oil gives the crust great flavor and crunch.

Place the dough in the prepared pan(s). Press it over the bottom of the pan, stretching it towards the edges. You'll probably get about two-thirds of the way there before the dough starts shrinking back walk away for 15 minutes. Cover the dough while you're away, so it doesn't dry out.

When you come back, you should be able to pat the dough closer to the corners of the pan. Repeat the rest and dough-stretch one more time, if necessary your goal is to get the dough to fill the pan as fully as possible.

Allow the dough to rise, covered, till it's noticeably puffy, about 90 minutes (if it hasn't been refrigerated) or 2 to 2 1/2 hours (if it's been refrigerated). Towards the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 450°F.

Bake the pizza on the lower oven rack till it looks and feels set on top, and is just beginning to brown around the edge of the crust, but is still pale on top. This will take about 8 minutes for thinner crust pizza about 10 to 12 minutes for medium thickness and 12 to 14 minutes for thick-crust pizza. If you're baking two pizzas, reverse them in the oven (top to bottom, bottom to top) midway through the baking period.

To serve pizza immediately: Remove it from the oven, and arrange your toppings of choice on top. Return to the oven, and bake on the upper oven rack for an additional 10 to 15 minutes, until the crust is nicely browned, both top and bottom, and the cheese is melted. Check it midway through, and move it to the bottom rack if the top is browning too much, or the bottom not enough.

To serve pizza up to 2 days later: Remove the untopped, partially baked crust from the oven, cool completely on a rack, wrap in plastic, and store at room temperature. When ready to serve, top and bake in a preheated 450°F oven, adding a couple of minutes to the baking times noted above. Your goal is a pizza whose crust is browned, and whose toppings are hot/melted.

Remove the pizza from the oven, and transfer it from the pan to a rack to cool slightly before serving. For easiest serving, cut with a pair of scissors.

Tips from our Bakers

To add flexibility to your schedule, let the dough rise once at room temperature, gently deflate it, then cover and put in the fridge overnight. Next day, remove the dough from the fridge and stretch it into its pan. Let it rest and warm up until slightly puffy, then proceed with the recipe as written.

If you like pizza with a deep golden brown, crispy crust, bake on a baking stone. Preheat the stone in the middle of the oven for 45 to 60 minutes. Shape and top your pizza on parchment paper or a baker's peel and when you're ready to bake, slide the pizza onto the hot stone (parchment and all, if you're using parchment).


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Everyday donna

Do you get tired of cooking sometimes? All the time? Never? Some of the above? None of the above? I love to cook, but sometimes on Friday evening I like to take a break and make something easy. We have had a guest staying with us for the last two weeks. By Friday evening, I was shot. I had been cooking up a storm and I needed a break, but of course we had to eat. So, I decided to make one of our favorites - strombolis.

Do you like strombolis? Ever had a stromboli? Don't confuse them with a calzone. They are not the same. We LOVE these sandwiches, but we like the midwestern style stromboli. We are from Evansville, Indiana, and there is a pizza shop that has been in operation as long as we have been married which is 43 years. Yeah, I know, forever. The shop is called Pizza King and my research showed that there are Pizza King's all over Indiana, but I could not find if they were franchised or owned by the same company or just had the same name. Looked like the original Pizza King started in northern Indiana somewhere. Interesting. Anyway, besides awesome pizza they have fabulous sandwiches - hot ham and cheese, strombolis, and Texas barbecue. They are always wrapped in aluminum foil and baked. You can get the stroms and Texas barbecues anywhere from mild to "blow the top of your head off" hot. But, they are SOOOOOOOO good. I miss them here in good old Nashville. So, what did I do but create my own. Sure, why not?

Here is a little history on the stromboli. They are an American sandwich (which we all think is Italian, but isn't) usually made in a pizza type dough with Italian meats and cheese, layered and rolled, baked and then sliced. Midwestern style strombolis are not like that. They are made in a crusty roll like a baguette, or on a deli style roll which is what I used. Mine has sausage, pepperoni, onions, marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese. Mmmm, mmmm, mmmm, delicious.

Why are they called strombolis? Good question. Here is what Wikipedia has to say.

So, we don't really know exactly where this sandwich originated, we just know we are happy that it originated somewhere even though ours isn't made this way. Ha! Now, about making these delicious sandwiches. They are really super easy and I guess you could use your favorite ingredients, but here is how I made mine which is very close to the Pizza King stromboli. Here is what you need.

1 pound milk bulk sausage
1 pound hot Italian sausage (casing removed if using links)
1 large onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup of your favorite marinara sauce (I used Trader Joe's tomato basil)
about 30 pepperonis chopped (stack and chop, makes it easier)
1 8 ounce block mozzarella cheese, grated
3 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
6 deli type rolls
olive oil
6 sheets of aluminum foil, about 12-14 inches long

Brown the sausages and onions in a saute' pan. Drain any fat from the pan. Add the garlic and chopped pepperoni when the sausage is browned. Add the marinara sauce and red pepper flakes. Stir until thoroughly mixed and heated through.

Brush the top and bottom of a deli roll with some good olive oil. Put the sliced deli roll in the middle of a piece of foil, fill with sausage mixture. Put several heaping hands full of cheese on the sausage. Bring the edges of the foil together and roll down to the sandwich and roll the ends up.

When all the rolls have been filled and wrapped, place them on a baking sheet and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 20-30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes. Unwrap and enjoy.

This sandwich is "just right" spicy as Dan said. Not too hot, not too mild. Goldilocks would approve. Look at all that yumminess. If you like really spicy food, use all hot sausage and add all the red pepper flakes you want. If you like bell peppers, add some to the sausage mix while cooking. You can add what you like, it's your choice but this is the traditional "Evansville" way.

When the strombolis are unwrapped, the rolls will be crusty and crunchy on the outside and the filling is spicy and cheesy good. So easy, so good. If you have never had one, now is the time to try making these.

The West Side Nut Club sponsors THE Fall Festival in Evansville every year during the first full week of October. (Google it, it's so interesting) There are hundreds of food booths which all raise money for non profits. Thousands of people attend every year. One of the most popular booths year after year consistently is the Tau Kappa Epsilon Stromboli booth from the University of Southern Indiana. Everyone is willing to stand in line for some time just to snag a few of their delicious strombolis which are made this way. Many people go day after day during the week to eat these stroms because they just can't get enough. Now, you don't have to wait until the first week of October, or even have to go out to Pizza King to enjoy one of these fabulous sandwiches. Wait, what am I thinking? You may not have anywhere that makes this type stromboli. If you don't live in Indiana, if you don't have a Pizza King, you can now make your own extraordinary midwestern style stromboli. Now you will know what you have been missing all these years. Enjoy!

Every region of the country has their own food specialties that you grow accustomed to and love. This is one of ours. What is something you love from your area? donna


I am so excited to find this! I grew up in Evansville and there is nothing like a Pizza King stromboli! I live in Maine now, lots of Italians, but no strombolis like in Evansville. Can't wait to try this recipe. Everytime I'm home to visit I have to have one. Thank you!!

I live in Evansville, the recipe off a little bet. At Pizza King the sauce is tomato paste,water,garlic .the cheese needs italian seasoning blend in it.on top of the stromboli add garlic butter after it done cooking.

Mary Lawrence, have you tried the recipe yet. Just curious what you think. is it similar to Pizza King?

i have one anytime i go home i live in nashville,tennessee now for the last 10yrs i,ve had this calzone that they call a stromboli they need to go to my home town of evansville,indiana and get a taste of a real stromboli from pizza king and tell me whats up after they can stop chewing and ummmmmming! be back home soon to get my stromboli and back to tennessee i go cant wait

OMG. can't wait to try this recipe. I too currently live in Nashville, TN but was born and raised in Evansville, IN. My wife is always telling me we should open up a Pizza King-like shop here and wow the Mid South area with the taste of the E'ville STROM!

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I am glad you posted this. Having Grown up in Newburgh, I have been experimenting to find a recipe like the Pizza King Stromboli but havent found it yet. cant wait to try this. Been in Texas for about 35 years & there is definately nothing like these wonderful sandwiches down here.

Wow. I keep trying to post but it's not working. I'm going to try one more time: I used to work at a Pizza King here in the greater Lafayette area. We have several Pizza Kings in our region and they're owned by several different people so I know what I'm about to discuss isn't an ownership thing, but perhaps a regional thing? Anyway, strombolis here are baked open-faced, with foil underneath and up the sides (none of the PK sandwiches here are baked wrapped in foil), which is later used to wrap the sandwich if it's to-go. One half is bread, sausage (not Italian, just plain pork, the same sausage you get on their pizzas), onions, sauce the other half is bread with a generous helping of mozzarella (crumbled, not grated). It's baked about 10 minutes or until all ingredients are hot and the cheese is bubbling and lightly browned. Top flipped onto bottom, cut, and served on the foil (on a plate, of course) (or wrapped in foil if for take-out). Yum! Thanks for sharing your own memories and recipe. Making one tonight :)

PS PK cheese came with oregano mixed in. No seasonings in the sauce, which was just tomato paste and water. Not exactly trade secrets but interesting!

Singing in the dark, I used your suggestions and added a few more of my own. Regular sausage, onions, cheese and a lightly spiced tomato sauce. Put those ingredients on the bun and then in the oven. Once it comes out, if you brush the top bun with butter it makes an exact replica of the Evansville, In Pizza King Stromboli. Thanks for the help. I have tried many recipes that claim to be the Pizza King Stromboli but they have all let me down. I am happy to say that this one is the only recipe I will be using from here on.

Also an E'ville transplant (Go Panthers) looking for a recipe as good as TKE's.
I've had friends try to ship them overnight to Vancouver but the get a bit slimy.
Thank you so much!

Another E'ville transplant living in Lexington, KY after graduating from Reitz (4A 2015 basketball runner-up champions) and graduating from IU many years ago. Never had a Pizza Hut Stromboli but had my fair share of Stroms at IU which were made the same way, loose meat and cheese on a deli style bun. Good! You have given me the inspiration to try my hand at it. Thanks.

Thanks for posting the recipe. I grew up in Kokomo, I always liked PK's Stomboli better than pizza. I've been in Chicago for the past 40+ years and have never found anything to compare. I just asked my (adult) kids to make this for me for Father's Day.

Just remembered - the Kokomo Pizza King put small banana peppers on the bread before loading it with the mix.

So glad I saw this on Pinterest . I went to the University of Evansville in the early 70's. These sandwiches were always a treat and I have never found any like them since. I always tried to make them, but maybe this will help me tweek my recipe ! I can pretend I am in the dorm on a Friday night again ! Thanks.

OMG! I can't wait to try this recipe. I'm also an Evansville native transplanted to Nashville area and have been craving these for years! I usually try to make the Fall Festival when possible just so I can eat all the good foods there but don't always make it! Thanks for sharing this! Ready for a true Strom!

Well, it looks like I'm in good company! I lived in Evansville for 7 yrs and fell in love with PK Stroms, and like everyone else on here, haven't been able to reproduce these heavenly sandwiches. I've been back in South Texas for 12 yrs now, and while we have amazing food here, there's no Pizza King! My dad comes down to visit every year (he still lives in Newburgh) and offers to fly one down to me, but it just wouldn't be the same. I was craving one so bad last night that I figured I would google the sandwich and see what I could find, and there you were!! It's funny that so many people have searched for a similar sandwich and Evansville/ Newburgh PK's are the ones everyone remembers and wants!! Thank you so much for posting this! Guess what my family is having for dinner tonight!!

The mixture is spot on and tastes awesome. The problem I run into is finding the perfect bread that is similar to the bread used at Pizza King. I am still searching.

Wow, and here I thought I was the only one (transplant missing PK Stromboli)! I've lived all across the country and now live right where Stromboli's were "invented" according to the above (I work right next to Essington in Ridley Park, PA). I love the strombolis here but I'm craving a "real" one. Thanks and cant wait to try it!

oh yeah, forgot to mention for all you foodies. there's a sandwich here that is amazing. Its call an Inside Out. its a deep fried calzone. Anyone who is from the Midwest or midsouth knows that merely frying anything turns it to Nirvana.

Praise God for this! I am from Evansville now living in Atlanta and crave a Stromboli all too often. I just got my shipment of grippos and I'm making this tonight!

Grippoos BBQ are the bomb! I order online frequently since we cannot get them down here in South Carolina

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Another EvansvillIan here (Minnesota) my wife mentioned Stomboli the other day could not find anything close. Went to the net and found a recipe using beef, made several tasted ok. UT had I looked further I would have found this post. Thanks for posting recipe and the story behind the sandwich. Be home in July will have to stop by and give you credit. Bears "71"

Another EvansvillIan here (Minnesota) my wife mentioned Stomboli the other day could not find anything close. Went to the net and found a recipe using beef, made several tasted ok. UT had I looked further I would have found this post. Thanks for posting recipe and the story behind the sandwich. Be home in July will have to stop by and give you credit. Bears "71"

I believe you graduated the year before my mother. Still, bears apparently migrate North. Class of 97, now up Michigan way.

Spent my college years a couple of more in Evansville and nothing like the Pizza King Stromboli. ( my husband was in trouble one night for coming home so late and woke me up to a hot crusty Strom from Pizza Kind and we didn't have a bad word that night.) Just made them from your recipe here in Hawaii. I did the banana pepper in the bottom, filled with the meat mix and cheese. I put the meat through a small chopper I have had for 3 years to get a pretty fine sausage /onion mix, which mimics the sausage crumble someone pointed out. Because Hawaii in general doesn't like heat, I used half the crushed red peppers. Also cooked them open on the top. Only think I would do different next time is but on one side the sausage and the other the cheese. People at our home today raved about this and I gotta say I felt like I had a real Evansville Stromboli.

Spent my college years and a couple of more in Evansville and nothing like the Pizza King Stromboli. ( my husband was in trouble one night for coming home so late and woke me up to a hot crusty Strom from Pizza King and we didn't have a bad word that night.) Just made them from your recipe here in Hawaii. I did the banana pepper in the bottom, filled with the meat mix and cheese. I put the meat through a small chopper to get a pretty fine sausage /onion mix, which mimics the sausage crumble someone pointed out. Because Hawaii in general doesn't like heat, I used half the crushed red peppers. Also cooked them open on the top. Only think I would do different next time is but on one side the sausage and the other the cheese. People at our home today raved about this and I gotta say I felt like I had a real Evansville Stromboli.

Bless you. Im from Connersville Indiana but I've lived in Louisiana for 9 years. I was getting so desperate I was just on their website looking at shipping prices. Lol

I didn't know that a calzone was a stromboli!! I ordered on at a new restaurant in town and it wasn't a stromboli, I could have cried. Then I looked on line and couldn't find a true PK recipe. Thank you

I am from Evansville as well. Just slightly older than how long you have been married at 48 1/2 LOL. Tau Kappa Epsilon is actually a University of Evansville Frat not USI. They do make the best Strom at the Fall Festival. and Pizza King is the best Strom EVER!

My husband grew up in Evansville eating the Stromblois from Pizza King. I myself have had a few. He is retired now and as we live south of Tucson we hardly ever get back home. Tonight I surprised him with this take on the srombli! A big hit. Thank you for sharing Donna. We will be tweeking it to make it more like he remembers but this was a great start.

I live in Cincy now, but crave this every time i go back to visit Dad in Newburgh. Now only if i could find a good can of Sterling Beer or at least a Double Cola to go with it.

I also loved the PK Sub sandwich I used to get in Muncie. Does anyone have that recipe?

Sounds great! FYI, Sam's Pizzeria on Delaware St in Evansville is the place to get a strom. Once I had theirs, I've never bothered with Pizza King again. Seriously, they're that much better. (opinion, obviously, but check it out for yourself)

THANK YOU! I'm an Evansville boy living in Texas and miss Pizza King stroms so much! Although, they don't know anything about real TX BBQ!

Pizza King operates outside of Indiana under the name of Sir Pizza. There is one in Bellevue West in Nashville. Have no idea if that is still open or not, but appears to be on Google. Also other locations in Tennesee, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, And Florida. Maybe other places as well.

Love Pizza King, but moved away in the 90's and really miss them. Between PK and Big B BBQ Pork in the jar it kills me not to be able to get either. Thanks for posting! I am making these this week.

Wow, talk about evoking OLD memories! In 1969 I started college in Bloomington, IN at Indiana University. Of course during my years there, I "minored" in cheap-but good-off campus food. Via recommendations I heard about a sandwich called a stromboli for sale at a pizza joint. Never had heard of it before, but QUICKLY became addicted.

Ended up in northern IL for years and would repeatedly get excited to see stromboli on menu when visiting a new restaurant. only to be disappointed and wait staff looking at me quizzically when trying to clarify why my idea of a strom was so different from the restaurant's.

Been back in IN now for many years. Although I had never forgotten the strom, I had pretty much given up on ever finding one like in Bloomington in my youth. I actually did go back to visit IU and drove around but way too many years had passed, and I couldn't find my old strom place.

No strom but life goes on. �� I recall my son had been told that in a nearby restaurant, a toy train ran on elevated tracks which would deliver drinks and food to the customers' tables. My son thought this was just soooo cool that we simply had to go eat there!

Well, found out the restaurant was a Pizza King only 5 miles from our home. But we had NEVER eaten there because while I went back to school for my master's degree, hubby forsook his career choice and switched into restaurant management where he could make enough money to support us (until I finished my master's then he would go get his master's while I supported us.) So,for a few years, hubby managed a Pizza Hut. After he left Pizza Hut, it was a loooonnngg time before we ate pizza again. (������ yes, it truly IS possible to eat soooo much pizza you don't think you will ever want to, or be able to, eat it ever again!) Time passed and unbelievably, we finally were able to face pizza again. BUT. old habits die hard, or maybe we were simply like homing pidgeons seeking familiarity, the only place we ever went to for pizza were Pizza Huts.

But our son wanted to see the train, so it's off to PK we go. I remember seeing 'stromboli' listed on the menu, thinking that the minimal description sounded right, but I had been down this path of disappointment numerous times. So, I began half heartedly questioning the order taker about "their" strom. In view of the fact that 3 staff ended up talking with me - I think my giddy gleefulness made them apprehensive initially. However, by the end I believe they were very happy to hook me up with a sandwich I had spent decades pursuing.
And how totally unbelievable that all those years, I had a PK strom available 5 miles down the road. MY kind of strom! It was like heavenly nectar.

Now, all these years later, I have wondered if the 1970's Bloomington stroms might have actually come from a small Pizza King? I have always assumed it was just a family owned, Italian food joint. Now I am not so sure. One thing I do remember for sure, is that'd they put lots of sweet pickle chips on top of the meat and sauce mixture.

(Basic strom: sweet pickle chips, ground sausage, cheese, sauce, small chopped onion cooked in with sausage. I believe there was light seasoning of garlic and oregano and that the sub bread had been brushed lightly with good grade olive oil or butter. That was the basic strom I remember, and that you could add things like peppers, etc. at your choosing. I don't know, but thought it possible the meat mixture was some combination of sausage and hamburger. Once you have the basics, I like the fact that you can adapt recipe fairly easily from somewhat bland to very spicy.)

I don't eat sweet pickle chips on anything but stroms, and don't eat stroms unless I have sweet pickle chips at home (lots) because that was the 'taste' I learned initially and still love all these years later.

If anyone knows about Bloomington, IN 1970's stroms, I would love to hear from you.
Strom Lover

Absolutely know the Btown stroms. We have gone back for 40+ years to enjoy our strombolis at IU. Cafe Pizzaria on Kirkwood is where we got them as students. Nicks, right down the street, has them, also and may be better. We still go to both. OUr grand daughter is now a junior and we will be sorry when she graduates. We won't get down there as often. Hope you have a chance to get back and try them. Cafe Pizzaria and Nicks have not changed one bit since we were there in the 60's!

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  1. Odharnait

    What excellent topic

  2. Algrenon

    I mean you are wrong.

  3. Oakley

    No kidding!

  4. Conor

    It's a pity that I can't speak now - I'm in a hurry to get to work. I will be released - I will definitely express my opinion on this issue.

  5. Aldwine

    Quite good topic

  6. Markey

    I, sorry, but that certainly does not suit me. I will look further.

  7. Delroy

    I apologize, it doesn't come close to me. Can the variants still exist?

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