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Stromboli Sandwiches

Like a sloppy joe with Italian seasonings, these hearty sandwich slices fill the bill at potlucks, reunions and more. Although I've made them dozens of times, I never tire of eating or serving them. —Darlis Wilfer, West Bend, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    2 sandwich loaves (8 servings each)


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder, divided
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 loaves (1 pound each) Italian bread, halved lengthwise
  • 2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese


  • In a Dutch oven, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink, breaking meat into crumbles; drain. Stir in the ketchup, tomato sauce, Parmesan cheese, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, oregano, fennel seed and Italian seasoning. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until thickened, about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine butter and remaining garlic powder; spread on cut side of each top bread half. Sprinkle 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese over each bottom bread half. Spoon meat mixture over top; sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese.
  • Replace each top bread half; wrap each sandwich loaf in foil. Bake at 350° until cheese is melted, 25-30 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 355 calories, 15g fat (8g saturated fat), 52mg cholesterol, 754mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 19g protein.

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  • katlaydee3
    Aug 14, 2015

    This was okay but not great. I made 1/2 recipe and served it on individual Italian hoagie rolls, since I live alone and was not having company.

  • vmomspratt
    Jun 26, 2014

    Made these for dinner tonight. A big hit. I recommend tasting before building the sandwiches. I added salt & pepper. I also used 1/2 ground beef and 1/2 Italian sausage. Left out the fennel. I didn't measure the cheese, just put it on by handfuls. Really good with banana peppers or pepperoncinis. Next time I will add chopped bell peppers.

  • sd20
    Apr 21, 2013

    My family wasn't overly impressed with this recipe. Edible but not something I will be making again. Very easy to make though! :-)

  • heysister
    Nov 6, 2012

    Yum! Husband approved!

  • annsway1
    Jul 23, 2011

    We really like these and will make again many times. Our local pizzaria makes them with ground sausage and onion. My husband wants me to try making those too.

  • Mmmgood-yaya
    Oct 21, 2010

    I've made these a number of times.Great for bunco & poker parties.

  • steveprom
    Jul 30, 2009

    This is a terrific recipe, My family loves-um

  • Classicrock
    Jul 9, 2009

    I made half the recipe and used only one loaf of bread, although I did use more cheese! My husband and I enjoyed this!-Lori

  • 6mags
    Jun 24, 2009

    My family really enjoyed these. I had left over meat, so made extra sandwiches in buns!

  • smatyas
    Nov 26, 2008

    These are amazing and even better the second day warmed up. Already a family favorite.