If you love calzone, you’ll definitely enjoy stromboli, which many people consider a more unique, fluffy, delicious pizza derivative than the calzone. Stromboli is folded like a burrito, and it is a rolled goodness of pizza dough and irresistible filling.
When you made too many rolls, you might be looking for the best method to enjoy leftover stromboli without cooking them again.
What is the best way to reheat stromboli? The best way is to take your stromboli out of the fridge at least 30 minutes before reheating it, and then pop it into a microwave, crockpot, air fryer, oven, or toaster oven.
The best ways to reheat stromboli
While there are certainly many ways to make and shape your stromboli, it is common to start with an elongated rectangle, which is then rolled into a so-called pizza cigar. Also, as opposed to calzone which is served whole, stromboli is usually cut into thin pieces.
Regardless of how you shape and make your stromboli, it would be a shame not to refrigerate it if you’ve made one too many rolls. Since it is served in slices, you can simply cut up as much as you need and refrigerate or freeze the rest.
Freezing stromboli is also a very convenient idea for your meal prepping, especially if you often have guests over, or you simply don’t feel like making fresh dough and preparing it from scratch every time you want to have stromboli.
In case you’re making your stromboli the night before and you intend on preparing it the next day, wrap your assembled stromboli in plastic wrap tightly and store it overnight. The next day, you want to keep it at room temperature for 30 minutes before baking it.
In case you’re looking to refrigerate baked stromboli, all you need to do is place it into an air-tight container, or simply keep it on a larger plate and cover it with a plastic wrap. A piece of stromboli that hasn’t been cut up will retain its flavors and moisture much longer.
When it comes to freezing baked stromboli, the same applies: it is much easier and tastier to reheat the whole stromboli, instead of cutting it into thin slices. While this is certainly possible, you may end up with dry stromboli and evaporated filling – which is the last thing you want!
No matter the reheating method you’re using, and whether you’re reheating whole stromboli or pre-cut pieces, it is recommended to sprinkle some oil on top of it to lock in the moisture and get that crispy, glazed outer layer.
Regardless of the filling you choose for your rolls, if you reheat it properly your stromboli will taste like you’ve made the dough that very day. Here are a few stromboli reheating methods you can choose from.
How to reheat stromboli in a microwave
When it comes to reheating your dishes, you’re probably already quite used to using a microwave. It is definitely one of the quickest, most convenient reheating methods, especially if you’re looking to preserve the moisture of the dish.
If you use a microwave to reheat stromboli, you don’t have to worry about the inside remaining cold/frozen, while the outside burns, since it simultaneously warms up the entire stromboli, creating an equal, consistent temperature.
However, one thing to consider when using a microwave to reheat leftover stromboli is that the crust may remain a bit softer than it would in an oven or air fryer. Keep that in mind if you prefer a crispier outside layer.
Here are the steps to reheat stromboli in the microwave:
- To reheat refrigerated stromboli, take it out of the fridge and let it sit for about 30 minutes (or until it has reached room temperature). This will shorten the reheating process and give you a more consistent result.
- Prepare a microwave-friendly plate and place the stromboli onto it. Place the plate with the stromboli into the microwave. Add a small container of water next to the plate in case you’re looking for a softer texture.
- Set the microwave power to 50% and heat the stromboli for about a minute. If the piece is bigger, or you want more crust, you can leave it in for about 3-5 minutes.
- Take out the stromboli, and allow it to cool for a few minutes before cutting it into thin slices.
How to reheat stromboli in a crockpot
If you’re a fan of crispy stromboli, reheating stromboli in a crockpot is definitely not the best method for you. A crockpot is used to cook food over a long period of time leaving it moist and tender.
However, a crockpot can certainly be used to reheat dough such as stromboli, especially if you want the dough to be soft, and the filling creamy and runny. The only thing you should keep in mind is that you must not use slow-cooking settings and overcook the dough.
Here are the steps to reheat stromboli in a crockpot:
- Prepare your crock insert by spraying it with cooking spray to prevent the stromboli from sticking. Place the stromboli in the bottom, and also up the sides if it is larger.
- Brush some oil on top of the stromboli, especially if you want to reheat a frozen stromboli, to get a nice, golden crust. Add some more cheese on top if you want it to melt onto the crust.
- Cook on a low setting for about 20-30 minutes if it is frozen, and for about 10-15 minutes if it was refrigerated. Of course, if you’re looking for a crispier crust, you can always leave it for a bit longer!
How to reheat stromboli in an air fryer
If you own an air fryer, we’re quite certain you’re obsessed with it. It is, without a doubt, one of the most versatile kitchen appliances – and not just when it comes to reheating your food. An air fryer is basically a mini-oven with circulating hot air, and it doesn’t dry out your food.
Since it works on the principle of hot air circulation, the air fryer preserves the moisture and the juiciness of your food, without making it dry and overcooked. However, you can still achieve a nice, golden crust on your dough when making it in one of these.
Also, one of the greatest things about the air fryer is that it is one of the healthiest methods of food preparation. You basically don’t need to add any oil, but only a sprinkle of oil of your choice will enhance the flavors.
Reheating stromboli, as well as any other type of dough, in an air fryer is definitely one of our favorite reheating methods. A stromboli reheated in an air fryer will taste as if it was freshly made and just taken out of the oven.
Here are the steps to reheat stromboli in an air fryer:
- Preheat your air fryer for about 5-6 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place the stromboli into a preheated air fryer, brush some oil on top if you want more crust, and cook for 6-8 minutes, depending on how crispy you want the outside layer to get. For frozen stromboli, keep it in the air fryer for at least 20-30 minutes, or until browned.
- Allow the stromboli to cool a bit before serving it (otherwise, the crust may fall apart and the filling may melt out if the dough).
How to reheat stromboli in an oven
Since we normally bake pizza, calzone, and stromboli in an oven, the first option that comes to mind may be precisely oven. When using an oven to reheat your dough, you can be sure that it will warm up thoroughly, and you won’t be left with frozen/undercooked parts.
When using an oven to reheat your stromboli, you want to make sure to preheat it. This will not only shorten the reheating time, but it will also allow for a fine, golden crust to develop. Also, we recommend using the convection setting for this method.
A slight problem you might have with reheating any type of dough in an oven is that it may come out a bit dry. To avoid this, make sure to add some oil of your choice or even melted butter on top of the stromboli to retain the moisture.
Here are the steps to reheat stromboli in an oven:
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, using the convection setting.
- Prepare the pan by lining it with a baking sheet or spraying the bottom with some cooking spray to prevent the stromboli from sticking onto it.
- Place the pan with the stromboli in the center of your oven and let it cook for about 20 minutes, depending on your oven.
- For an electric oven, you want to place a pizza stone on the bottom rack before preheating the oven. This will allow for all parts of the stromboli to cook properly.
How to reheat stromboli in the toaster oven
If you have a toaster oven, you’re probably already well aware that it is one of the best methods of reheating all kinds of food, including dough such as stromboli. A toaster oven provides even, gentle, thorough reheating without overcooking.
Of course, if you want to prevent your food from drying out in this type of oven, you can always cover it with a little bit of foil. On the other hand, skip this step if you’re interested in a nice, golden crust.
Here are the steps to reheat stromboli in a toaster oven:
- Preheat your toaster oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Prepare a pan/cooking tray by lining it with parchment paper, or simply spray the bottom with some cooking spray.
- Place the stromboli onto the pan and cover it with foil if you want to prevent it from drying out.
- If you prefer a golden crust, simply brush it with some oil or butter and place it into the oven.
- Let it cook for about 20 minutes, or until golden.
Can you reheat stromboli?
Yes, stromboli can certainly be reheated and even taste just as good as the freshly prepared one. The secret is in choosing the right method, and then following each and every one of the steps we’ve listed for each of the options.
Whether you’re reheating refrigerated or frozen stromboli, the steps pretty much remain the same, except for the cooking time. A frozen stromboli will naturally take more time to cook thoroughly and develop that characteristic golden crust.
If you don’t really care about the crust and you’re more worried about the stromboli remaining moist and soft on the inside, the best options are microwave, crockpot, or simply adding a piece of foil on top for any of the mentioned methods.
On the other hand, reheating your stromboli in an air fryer, oven, or toaster oven will give you that beautiful crunch without drying out the inside.