Stromboli Joes

Stephanie Dodd


Another great recipe from BUNKO this past week. It is typically made on Italian bread but since my husband doesn't care for that kind of bread, I made him some on regular hamburger buns. This is so good and makes several. It was a great meal for 12 BUNKO women!

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Everyone in the Test Kitchen loved this Italian twist on the classic sloppy joe. The amount of Italian seasoning in the meat mixture is just right and pairs perfectly with the garlic butter and cheese on the bread. This is a cinch to make and will be a crowd pleaser. A great dinner recipe for a busy night or for your next tailgate. The Test Kitchen


★★★★★ 3 votes

15 Min
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2 lb
ground beef
1/4 c
finely chopped onion
1 c
1 c
tomato sauce
1/4 c
grated Parmesan cheese
2 tsp
garlic powder, divided
1 tsp
dried oregano
1/2 tsp
fennel seed
1/2 tsp
Italian seasoning
1/2 c
butter, softened
2 lb
loaves Italian bread, halved lengthwise (1 each)
2 c
shredded mozzarella cheese (8 oz.)

How to Make Stromboli Joes


  • 1In a Dutch oven, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  • 2Stir in the catsup, tomato sauce, Parmesan cheese, 1/2 tsp. garlic powder, oregano, fennel seed and Italian seasoning.
  • 3Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Simmer uncovered for 15 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally.
  • 4In a small bowl, combine butter and remaining garlic powder.
  • 5Spread over top halves of bread.
  • 6Sprinkle 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese over each bottom bread half.
  • 7Spoon meat mixture over top.
  • 8Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese.
  • 9Replace bread tops.
  • 10Wrap each sandwich loaf in foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 - 30 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  • 11Slice into eight pieces from each loaf. Yield: 2 sandwich loaves (8 servings each).

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About Stromboli Joes

Course/Dish: Beef
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American

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