Kids In The Kitchen: Ham And Swiss Stomboli

Meals that require no cooking or much prep has got to be a busy parents gift.  Then to have the whole family eat it is simply a miracle in my family.  The Ham and Swiss Stromboli is one of those recipes.  I think if you have children 3 or older they could easily help with this meal.  It starts with a tube of refrigerated crusty French Bread….you know the kind that is with the refrigerated biscuits and crescent rolls.  The instructions require you to unroll the dough…..I didn’t know that this was possible, but it is.  From there you simply place the ham,bacon, cheese and some green onions.  Be creative and add what your family likes.  How about looking in the fridge for some leftovers?  Leftover chicken breasts and broccoli would taste great.  How about pizza toppings?  These are all ingredients that are easy to have on hand and can get a home cooked meal to the table within 45 minutes. Have fun with this one!

This cookbook is a compilation of “The Taste of Home” magazine.  This magazine is full of good home cooked and home tested recipes by real people for real people.  I use to receive the magazine.  It was a nightmare to search for recipes from magazine to magazine.  You either needed to tear them out or flag them somehow.  This cookbook puts that mess to an end and offers all the recipes organized with a great directory to make the searches now painless.

The Ruling:  Everyone ate it.  Even the fussy two did.  The youngest picked out the green onions, but I know if my husband had his way he would have made it without the green onions.  For a short cut I had the precooked bacon.  The kids did request a dip of some sort.  When did children think that to dunk ones food is a part of the meal experience?

Ham and Swiss Stromboli, page 95


  • 1 tube (11 ounces) refrigerated crusty French loaf
  • 6 ounces thinly sliced deli ham
  • 6 green onions, sliced
  • 8 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese


  1. Unroll dough on a greased baking sheet.  Place ham over dough to within 1/2 inch of edges; sprinkle evenly with onions, bacon and cheese.
  2. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side.  Pinch seams to seal and tuck ends under.  Place seam side down on baking sheet.  With a sharp knife, cut several 1/4 inch deep slits on top of loaf.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 26-30 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool slightly before slicing.  Serve warm.


To Joyful, Simplified Living,

MS. Simplicity

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