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Here’s How to Make Dinnertime a Delicious Group Effort

Take a tip from this busy designer (and her son) for a meal everyone will love.

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When you’re a busy mom of five, a graphic-turned-interior designer, a family and recipe blogger, and all around busy DIY-er, dinner needs to satisfy a few criteria that are easier said than done. For starters, each and every meal needs to be simple, delicious, and kid-friendly.

Fortunately, Anna Liesemeyer has that handled. One of her many clever parenting traditions is that she rewards her children by letting them choose what’s for dinner. The only catch? They help to cook it. Of course, when the meal is a fun favorite that yields plenty for the whole family, helping out in the kitchen is hardly a chore. Get inspired for your next meal and enlist the kids’ help in rolling this delicious stromboli. Check out the recipe below.

Easy Stromboli

  1. Take out your frozen dinner rolls from the bag and let them thaw and rise covered with a cloth. You will be surprised how these suckers double in size! You can get them out the night before or in the morning if you are using them for dinner.
  2. Once nice and large, prepare one roll at a time. (You can make them all differently or the same of course.) Roll one loaf out to about the size of a baking sheet. I often spray the baking sheet and place the rolled-out loaf on the sheet to finish stretching with my fingers.
  3. Brush olive oil all over the rolled-out dough. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning, minced garlic (what really flavors that crust), and shredded mozzarella.
  4. Starting at one end with the baking sheet facing you vertically, roll the dough towards the other end. As you go, lay down rows of pepperoni and tuck in the ingredients as you roll! Once you have reached the other end, you will have a nicely stuffed stromboli roll.
  5. Set aside and let it rise till it’s doubled in size. Brush the top with olive oil and sprinkle with shredded Parmesan before placing in the oven. Repeat with the rest of the rolls (up to six!) and place in the oven two at a time.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 45 minutes. Depending on your oven and how you like the crust, watch them closely as they will rise even more in the oven. To make sure the middle is cooked through (it gets cheesy and can be hard to tell), bring out to test with a knife around 30 minutes in. They may need to be covered with foil for the last 15 minutes.

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