PEPPERONI BREAD

If you are from anywhere near West Virginia or western Pennsylvania, chances are good that you’ve heard of (or eaten!) pepperoni bread (sometimes also called pepperoni rolls). It was pretty much a staple at my grandma’s house when I was a kid. Walking into her kitchen and seeing mounds of pepperoni bread stacked all over her counter was like Christmas morning. Needless to say, they didn’t last long at all at her house. What we didn’t devour while we were there was divvied up between my family and our cousins to eat at home.

Words truly do not do justice to how absolutely, positively in love my family was with my grandma’s pepperoni bread.

 

I also cannot tell you how utterly elated I was when I found out early on in our courtship that my Chief Culinary Consultant’s mom also made pepperoni bread. I’ve only made it a handful of times myself, so I’m always ecstatic when I find out that his mom is making a batch.

Pepperoni bread was one of the earliest recipes ever posted here on Brown Eyed Baker, but it was terribly vague and in desperate need of a makeover. Any excuse to make pepperoni bread!

Ingredients:

1 Can pizza crust (or homemade)
6 oz of sliced Pepperoni
8 – 12 oz of 6 Cheese Italian Blend (or Mozzarella)
1/2 – 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese
Italian Dressing
Italian Seasoning
Garlic Powder
Egg White
Tomato or Pizza Sauce (optional)

 

How to make it

Roll out the dough into a large rectangle and brush it with Italian dressing.
Top with as many pepperonis as you can fit on the dough.
Sprinkle with cheeses and Italian seasoning and roll up tightly, starting with the longest side of dough.
Fold sides under, and place on pan, dough seam side down.
Brush with an egg white and sprinkle with garlic powder.
Bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes.
Let sit for 5 to 10 minutes, then slice and serve. By then it’ll be time to get ‘er down!

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