Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The easiest & most delicious Pepperoni Rolls recipe

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Okay, so when we lived in Erie, PA we learned about pepperoni rolls. Literally, the day we moved into our townhouse and met our landlord she mentioned the best place to get them at (because obviously we would be looking) and when we had no idea what she was talking about she was so shocked we had never heard of them.  They are all over the place in Erie. Most pizza places had them as a staple in their restaurant. So we tried them and I wouldn't say I was honestly that impressed. (but maybe we never tried the best ones??)

Anyway, that all changed when our friend Jill made us some. And then I was ALLLLL OVER the idea of pepperoni rolls. They were SO good. and SO much better than what we had tried around town. Its the bread .. and the massive amount of cheese that I add!

So the other day I posted a picture on Instagram when I made some and a handful of you asked for the recipe. I figured this is easiest to post it here. Let me know if you have questions. This is all from Jill and how she makes them. They have family in West Virginia and word on the street is that pepperoni rolls are a thing there too and she has an even better recipe now. ;)  I see them at places here in Cleveland .. but it looks different .. its not just a roll its more a pepperoni stick. But all the same idea. So Im sure you've seen them in your hometowns too. I just may not be "THE pepperoni roll" they have in Erie or West Virginia?


Ingredients
- a bag of frozen Rhodes white dinner rolls (at every grocery story Ive been to) Its a bag of 36 rolls.
- 1-2 7 oz. packages of pepperoni, depending on how much you want
- 1 large blocks of mozzarella cheese (or 2 small blocks), cut into 36 cubes
- Italian seasoning
- 2 tbsp Melted butter (or a personal favorite, papa johns dipping garlic butter)
- marinara sauce for serving (optional)
-any other ingredients you want to stuff in there (peppers, sausage, mushrooms, etc.)

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Directions
Follow directions on package to allow dough to rise. I normally lay out all the pans and let them thaw (covered) for 2-3 hours. If you are pressed for time they have directions to thaw them quicker. (I do them the quicker way now all the time and like it best)

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frozen rolls

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spray pan with cooking spray, then cover with saran wrap, and let them rise.You cover them so they dont dry out while they rise.

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rolls once they are thawed and ready


Once dough has risen, preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Next, take the rolls & stuff them with ingredients:

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cut pepperoni & cheese (you dont have to do this.. I do it this way because Im crazy and I think its easier to stuff them this way)

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Directions in case the pictures dont explain it:

Take a roll and flatten out completely with your hands. It doesn't have to be rolled out our anything, just smash it with your hand and that should be fine. Then place the pepperoni and cheese onto the flat dough. Next, fold the dough over the cheese and pepperoni. Press any extra dough and layer it up so that all the pieces are sealed. (otherwise cheese will ooze through when it cooks.. which is fine if that happens too) Then put it back onto your baking sheet.

Note: To fill the rolls I normally put about 3-5 pieces of pepperoni in each roll. (totally your call as to how much you want) I also cut the pepperoni pieces in half first before I put them in (its easier to bite into the rolls that way without pulling out the entire pepperoni slice) and lastly, I have found its easy to stack it up & layer it while you are stuffing the rolls. So I lay down half the pepperoni then top it with mozzarella and then add the remaining pepperoni to the top again .. and then I pull the bread over.

 *also, you can stuff these with ANYTHING. Doesn't just have to be pepperoni. You can use any cheese you want. Ive used shredded cheese also and it works. Its just easier to stuff them if you cut up a block of cheese and use the cubes. I guess you could buy them already cubed or use string cheese too.

*You can also cook them all next to each other in a pie dish or round pan.. or in a muffin tin.. or on a baking sheet.. or in a 9x13 pan. Whatever floats your boat. It all works. 

One more time:
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Repeat with the rest of the bread dough pieces.

Then let them rise just a little bit again before you pop them in the oven. (they dont HAVE to rise. I just like to do mine that way. I dont let them get super huge again because they dont need to.. just a little bit of rising if that makes sense)

At this point you could just throw them in the oven and bake them.... ORRRRRR you could top them with melted butter, papa johns garlic butter sauce, Italian seasoning, Parmesan cheese.. etc. and take them all up a notch like this:

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I just pour straight garlic butter on them. And the angels all start singing.

place it on cookie sheet, and follow directions on package for baking.

viola:
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I also baked them in a pie dish so you can see it that way too.

As you can tell, THE OPTIONS ARE ENDLESS WITH THESE

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all rolled up and stuffed.

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after sitting a few minutes to rise again.

and baked:

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Spread dough out into the size of the palm of your hand and place 6-8 slices of pepperoni onto of the dough Begin pulling the corners of the dough over the pepperoni, spreading evenly and pinch the top of the dough to seal it into a roll. Place all your stuffed rolls into an oil-sprayed muffin pan and lightly sprinkle Italian seasoning and Parmesan cheese on top Cover with wax or parchment paper and towel for several hours to allow rolls to rise. Once they have risen, bake on 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from oven, spray with Olive Oil Pam and add more Parmesan cheese Serve hot with Marinara Dipping Sauce. - See more at: http://singlemindedwomen.com/food-and-wine/super-bowl-recipes-from-the-pros/#sthash.WYAAzEgc.dpuf
Spread dough out into the size of the palm of your hand and place 6-8 slices of pepperoni onto of the dough Begin pulling the corners of the dough over the pepperoni, spreading evenly and pinch the top of the dough to seal it into a roll. Place all your stuffed rolls into an oil-sprayed muffin pan and lightly sprinkle Italian seasoning and Parmesan cheese on top Cover with wax or parchment paper and towel for several hours to allow rolls to rise. Once they have risen, bake on 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from oven, spray with Olive Oil Pam and add more Parmesan cheese Serve hot with Marinara Dipping Sauce. - See more at: http://singlemindedwomen.com/food-and-wine/super-bowl-recipes-from-the-pros/#sthash.WYAAzEgc.dpuf
Spread dough out into the size of the palm of your hand and place 6-8 slices of pepperoni onto of the dough Begin pulling the corners of the dough over the pepperoni, spreading evenly and pinch the top of the dough to seal it into a roll. Place all your stuffed rolls into an oil-sprayed muffin pan and lightly sprinkle Italian seasoning and Parmesan cheese on top Cover with wax or parchment paper and towel for several hours to allow rolls to rise. Once they have risen, bake on 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from oven, spray with Olive Oil Pam and add more Parmesan cheese Serve hot with Marinara Dipping Sauce. - See more at: http://singlemindedwomen.com/food-and-wine/super-bowl-recipes-from-the-pros/#sthash.WYAAzEgc.dpuf

These also store well.. I just put them in a plastic bag and throw them in the fridge. You definitely want to warm them when you reheat them. I prefer the microwave. You could do the oven too .. I just dont like when mine get hard so thats why I do the microwave!

I am not a food blogger so if I left something off or if you have questions let me know! Now.. go.. enjoy.. try not to eat an entire bag!

Spread dough out into the size of the palm of your hand and place 6-8 slices of pepperoni onto of the dough Begin pulling the corners of the dough over the pepperoni, spreading evenly and pinch the top of the dough to seal it into a roll. Place all your stuffed rolls into an oil-sprayed muffin pan and lightly sprinkle Italian seasoning and Parmesan cheese on top Cover with wax or parchment paper and towel for several hours to allow rolls to rise. Once they have risen, bake on 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from oven, spray with Olive Oil Pam and add more Parmesan cheese Serve hot with Marinara Dipping Sauce. - See more at: http://singlemindedwomen.com/food-and-wine/super-bowl-recipes-from-the-pros/#sthash.WYAAzEgc.dpuf

2 comments:

  1. I was just about to make a pepperoni monkey bread recipe but I think I'll try this first!

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    1. A friend from Rivers preschool told me she makes mini personal pizzas this way too.. She will just flatten the roll out and use it as the crust and she said her kids love it! Im going to have to try that!!

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