Iva Carter
Published by Iva Carter
Last Updated On: September 10, 2022

In my youth, I ate at Pasquale's, a now-defunct family restaurant, at least once a month. I loved their authentic and delicious stromboli steak sandwich. The stromboli was light and airy, the steak perfectly seasoned, and the combination of the two was heavenly.

I've been trying to recreate that sandwich for years, and I've finally gotten it. This recipe is for a Pasquale's-style stromboli steak sandwich.

Recipe Overview

  • Prep Time: 2 hr 15 min
  • Cooking Time: 30 min
  • Total Time: 45 min
  • Number of Servings: 2

Ingredients

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Stromboli Bread

  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • Onion salt to taste
  • 1 1/3 cups warm water
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled), plus more for hands and surface

Sandwich Interior

  • 1/2 lb. sliced beef
  • 1 c. chopped onions
  • 1/2 c. chopped green pepper
  • 1/2 c. mushroom slices
  • 8 oz. tomato sauce
  • 6 oz. tomato paste
  • 1/4 c. water
  • 1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 8 oz sliced mozzarella cheese
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • Sweet pickle slices

Instructions

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  1. Whisk water, yeast, and sugar together. Cover and let rest for 5 minutes.
  2. Add flour, salt, and olive oil. Beat with mixer on low speed for 2 minutes.
  3. Put on a lightly floured surface and knead for 3-4 minutes.
  4. When the dough bounces back after you poke it with a finger, put it in a bowl lightly greased with oil. Turn the dough to coat it with oil on all sides, then cover and allow to rise until doubled in size (60-90 minutes).
  5. Cook beef in a pan for 2-3 minutes on medium heat until brown. Set aside.
  6. In a small bowl, create sauce by combining water, tomato sauce, tomato paste, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, rosemary, and oregano. Stir until smooth.
  7. Preheat the oven to 475 degrees Fahrenheit prior to cooking.
  8. When the dough has risen, punch it down to release air bubbles.
  9. Roll into a 10x16 inch rectangle, and then quarter into four 5x8 portions.
  10. Place dough on a pizza stone or prepared cookie sheet. Place in oven and cook for 12-15 minutes. Turn the oven down to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  11. Remove bread from the oven. Add sauce to two of the rectangles, and top with cooked beef, onion, peppers, mushrooms, mozzarella cheese, and Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle the other rectangles with garlic powder to taste.
  12. Top the stromboli sandwich bottoms with the upper bread half. Wrap in foil and cook in the oven for 15 minutes until the cheese is melted.
  13. Remove sandwiches from the oven. Open sandwich and top with pickle slices before serving.

Recipe Notes

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  • Warmer water will reduce the time for stromboli to rise. However, anything over 130 degrees Fahrenheit will cook the yeast and render them inert.
  • Unbleached white flour is ideal for this recipe. You can substitute bread flour, but it will lead to chewier bread.
  • Since Pasquale’s originally served pizza that contained Italian meats, if you are interested in deviating from the traditional Pasquale's flavor, there are many alternate fillings you can try. Pepperoni, sausage, salami, ham, and turkey are great options for meat-lovers. If you want a vegetarian sandwich, try adding roasted onion, red peppers, spinach, artichoke hearts, broccoli, or olives. You can also make the sandwich with other cheese options such as provolone, cheddar, or American cheese.
  • A tasty addition that you can spread on the upper half of the sandwich bread is a mixture of parsley, garlic, and butter. Alternately, you can use your favorite pizza sauce.
  • The bread in this recipe is a version of pizza dough that can be replaced by French bread if time is short. People will often cook the French bread to a golden brown color prior to adding the steak mixture.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories: 420
  • Total Carbs: 35g
  • Protein: 16g
  • Fat: 12g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Net Carbs: 31g

"Ever since Pasquale Gramaglia and his brother Vinny invented the Stromboli Steak Sandwich in 1952, people all over the world have been coming to Pasquale's restaurant to enjoy this famous sandwich."
- Jim, Owner of Pasquale's Restaurant and Nephew of the Original Pasquale Gramaglia

What To Serve With Pasquale's Stromboli Steak Sandwich

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This stromboli sandwich is hearty and filling, so you don't need to serve much else with it.

However, here are a few of my favorite sides to round out the meal:

  • Tomato Soup
  • Fruit Salad
  • Baked Beans
  • Coleslaw
  • Sweet Potato Fries
  • Macaroni Salad
  • Potato Soup
  • Matzo Ball Soup
  • Butternut Squash Soup
  • Mac and Cheese
  • Green Salad
  • Roasted Potatoes
  • Chips and dip
  • Pasta salad
  • Homemade Potato Chips and Dip

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FAQs

Who Created the Pasquale’s Stromboli Steak Sandwich Recipe?

The Pasquale's stromboli steak sandwich recipe was created in 1952 by Pasquale and Vinny Gramaglia. In 1953, the Gramaglias founded Pasquale's Pizza in Cincinnati, OH. It became the first pizza chain in the United States.

What Happened to Pasquale’s?

Pasquale Gramaglia passed away in 1980 [1]. Unfortunately, original Pasquale's closed its doors in 2020 because the owner found the pizza business to be too competitive [2]. You can no longer get this authentic and delicious stromboli sandwich anywhere but your kitchen.

Can I Make the Pasquale’s Steak Sandwich Ahead of Time?

Yes, you can make the Pasquale's steak sandwich ahead of time and reheat it when you're ready to eat. You can do this either in a microwave or by placing them back in the oven.

Enjoy Pasquale's Steak Sandwich

Pasquale's famous steak sandwich was a staple in Cincinnati history. Though the restaurant is now closed, you can still make this sandwich at home with our easy recipe. Top it off with pickles and serve with a side of chips or soup.

Since steak is the basis of an excellent stromboli steak sandwich, I recommend checking out ButcherBox. This meat delivery company offers high-quality, grass-fed beef that will make your stromboli sandwich even more delicious.


References:

  1. https://www.facebook.com/745980265512166/photos/p.791814154262110/791814154262110/?type=3
  2. https://www.facebook.com/Stromboli-Steak-Sandwich-from-Pasquales-745980265512166/
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