Garbage Bread

"Garbage Bread" - rolled stromboli-like bread with meat and cheese filling. sitting on brown paper bag with tomato dipping sauce in small black bowl.

Treat yourself to a batch of “Garbage Bread,” a loaf made of pizza dough wrapped around meaty, gooey goodness, created in the tradition of the “Garbage Plate.” It’s basically a stromboli with an attitude.

“Garbage Plates,” a creation with roots in Western New York, are multi-level masterpieces with home or french fries as the base, a layer of macaroni salad and baked beans accompanied by hot sauce and then a protein like a hamburger patty, bunless hot dogs, or “hots” – a white or red-colored sausage common in cities populated by German immigrants. Pair your Garbage Bread with marinara or Garbage Sauce, great for drizzling, dipping or just licking off your fingers!


  • 1/2 pound chopped bacon 
  • 1 cup chopped onion 
  • 1 pound lean ground beef 
  • ¾ tsp salt 
  • ¾ tsp pepper 
  • ¾ tsp paprika 
  • ¼ tsp garlic granules, plus more for optional loaf topping  
  • ¼ tsp onion granules 
  • ¼ tsp crushed pepper flakes 
  • 12 oz prepared pizza dough  
  • 1 ½ cups grated cheddar jack cheese 
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese 


Preheat oven to 425°. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. 

Cook bacon until crisp in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Remove bacon from pan and set aside. Drain most of the grease, leaving a little to help next ingredients cook. In the same skillet on medium high heat, add onions and ground beef. Cook until onions are soft and meat is cooked through. Drain excess grease from the pan.  

Turn heat back to medium-low and add bacon back into the pan along with spices. Add cheddar jack cheese and stir continuously cook until melted. Remove pan from the heat. 

Roll pizza dough into a rectangle that’s about 13” x 9” and place onto the prepared baking sheet. Spread meat/cheese mixture evenly on top, leaving an inch at the edges. Sprinkle on grated cheddar cheese.  

Starting on the long side, roll up pizza dough. Pinch crust together to seal and place seam-side down on prepared pan. Sprinkle (optional) granulated garlic sparingly over loaf and gently press so it sticks. Slice tiny slits in the top of the dough with a sharp knife. Bake 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown. Allow bread to cool 5-10 minutes before slicing. Serve with Garbage Sauce.