Pepperoni Rolls Recipe

The recipe for Pepperoni Rolls is made with flavorful slices of pepperoni and gooey mozzarella cheese, baked inside a delicious bread roll.

The amazing distinctive pepperoni rolls that can be found in virtually any convenience store in West Virginia and southwestern PA are regarded as one of the state’s best-loved foods. A light, sweet dough with spicy pepperoni is a beautiful treat!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup hot water (100 degrees F/40 degrees C)
  • 1 (.25 ounce) package of active dry yeast
  • ½ teaspoon white sugar
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • Two teaspoons salt
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • Two eggs, beaten
  • 1 (8 ounces) package of sliced pepperoni
  • ½ cup butter, melted

Directions

In a small bowl, dissolve 1/2 teaspoon sugar in 1 cup of warm water. Sprinkle the yeast over the water and allow it to stand for 5 minutes.

In a large mixing bowl, mix the flour, 3/4 cup sugar, and salt. Add the yeast mixture, beaten eggs, and melted butter to the flour mixture and stir until combined. Knead the dough for eight minutes on a lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic.

In a large mixing bowl, lightly oil the surface; then carefully set the dough inside to coat with oil. Cover with a lightweight cloth and let rise in a warm location (80 to 95 degrees F (27 to 35 degrees C)) for about 1 1/2 hours until doubled in size.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Oil a cookie sheet.

Punch the dough down, then divide it into 20 equal pieces about the size of a golf ball. Flatten each piece into a tiny rectangle about 4 inches square using your palms. Place three slices of pepperoni in the center of each dough square, overlapping them. After that, place another row of three slices next to the first. Wrap the dough around the pepperoni slices, pinch the edges shut, and put them on a prepared cookie sheet.

Bake the rolls for 14 to 16 minutes until the bottoms are lightly browned and the tops are only slightly golden.

FAQs

Can I freeze pepperoni rolls?

You may also keep pepperoni rolls in a sealed freezer bag for a month. Allow rolls to thaw for a few hours before reheating them in the oven on a baking sheet for 15 minutes at 350 degrees.

Who made pepperoni rolls?

The pepperoni roll has long been celebrated in the North Central West Virginia region, an area with a significant Italian population. In 1927, Giuseppe Argiro, an Italian immigrant and coal miner took an already popular snack of pepperoni sticks and bread loaves one stage further to create a special meal.

How many calories are per serving?

Per serving: 247 calories; protein 6.6g; carbohydrates 31.6g; fat 10.3g

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