We’re lucky to have so many convenience foods available.. and while .. in my opinion… homemade is best.. it’s just not always feasible… This recipe for Pepperoni Bread is as easy or complicated as you wish to make it.
I made the Pepperoni Bread from purchased bread dough. Pillsbury makes a Simply Rustic French Bread that I’ve had a lot of luck with. It makes making this bread so easy … and it really is good.
Use whatever your favorite bread recipe you wish or use whatever commercially made bread dough you prefer. I have found the rustic breads or the thick pizza dough varieties work best, if you are going to purchase the dough.
I purchased thinly sliced pepperoni from the deli section at my local supermarket. Ask them to slice it as thinly as possible. As you can see the slices are large… rather than the smaller ones you find in those little packages. I find those pepperoni slices tougher and more difficult to cut when I cut the bread… but by all means if you prefer them, use them.
I used the larger shredded mozzarella cheese.. it works well with this recipe… the finer shredded cheese melts and isn’t as cheesy in the bread.
Don’t fret about any cheese oozing out… some probably will… just trim it off… and the cook gets to nibble on the trimmings… they’re so good.. with the hint of pepperoni taste… yummm!
You will need to bake the bread longer than the package instructions, if using a commercial dough. If the top begins to brown too much, lay a piece of foil over the top. I’d recommend adding about 15 minutes to the bake time… otherwise the bread layers on the inside won’t be baked through.
This recipe is a really quick and easy one… perfect for those weekend lunches.. or even a supper. You can serve it with some tomato sauce and maybe a big salad.
Slice it up a little thinner .. perfect for watching the big game or even a party.
Recipe: Pepperoni Bread
All you need:
1 can Pillsbury Simply Rustic French Bread
Sprinkling of flour
Thinly sliced pepperoni
Shredded Mozzarella cheese
2-3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
All you have to do:
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
On a large cutting board, carefully unroll the French bread dough.
Sprinkle a little flour over the dough so it won’t stick to your rolling pin.
Roll out the dough to about 13 x 9 .. it doesn’t have to be exact.
Lay the pepperoni slices over the dough. Lay them fairly close to the edge.
Sprinkle the shredded cheese over the top. Sprinkle the top with Parmesan cheese.
Start at the short end and roll the bread dough up … jelly roll style.
Pinch the ends to seal them.
Place on the parchment paper, seam side down.
Make 3-4 slits… not too deep.
Bake for 40-45 minutes. Check it after 25-30 minutes, if the top is getting too brown, lay a piece of foil over it and continue baking.
Remove the bread from the oven and allow to cool enough to handle. Slice and serve.
This can also be served at room temperature.
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