Pepperoni Rolls

Posted by Mandy on October 15th, 2010. Filed under: Appetizers, Breads, Kids Can Help.

This recipe is one that I kind of made up myself. There is a local bakery here that makes something called Pepperoni Bread, and it’s absolutely delicious. Being on a budget with three kids, one of whom requires numerous surgeries a year done halfway across country, I find it very difficult to spend $8 or more on a loaf of bread that will only last a few minutes. It makes me feel awful though because the kids love their pepperoni bread so much. So I set out on a mission to come up with something similar so that they could enjoy themselves without breaking the bank. I originally started making this as a loaf of bread, but this time when I made it I rolled the dough out too far and ended up with a loaf of dough too long to fit into a loaf pan. That’s when I decided that cutting the bread up, cinnamon roll style, would make cute little pepperoni rolls for serving as appetizers. I don’t have to say how good this is, because the photos and recipe will speak for itself. I made these late in the afternoon with my kids a couple weeks ago, and when I went to wrap them up to store for a later day I saw that there were only two rolls left. Matt had eaten only one of them and I had gotten none, the kids had devoured the rest of the pan themselves!

Start by taking a loaf of frozen bread dough and following the directions on the package to thaw it out. Before it starts to rise, sprinkle a pastry mat (or your kitchen counter, I have tile and find it difficult to work with dough without it getting into the grout) with plenty of flour. Roll out the dough with a rolling pin until it’s a large rectangle. Okay, truth be told, it’s a lot more difficult to roll dough out into a rectangle that cookbooks like to tell you…but this is what mine looked like. Once the dough is rolled out, spread it with either melted butter or spray it with the kind in a spray bottle. Sprinkle it with some Italian seasoning, Mozzarella cheese, and then top with pepperonis, much like you would a pizza. And yes, those are my little angels helping me bake. If I’m in the kitchen, chances are they are most likely in there with me so you guys will probably be seeing a lot of photos with their little arms in them. :)

Next roll up the bread cinnamon roll style, so that you end up with one long loaf of bread. Cut across the loaf so that you end up with pieces that are about 1.5″ thick. Place them into a baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray so that they don’t stick.

Let them rise until they are “doubled in size”…what the heck does that mean anyway? I love yeast breads and make them all the time but hate seeing this in a recipe because I don’t have a clue in heck what they are talking about. So I just let them rise until they are the size that I think they should be. :) I think these rose for about 1 hour after the above picture was taken.

Speaking of…did you know that you can rise yeast breads in your oven? Personally, my favorite place during the summertime is outside in the garage because living in Missisippi we definitely have enough heat to rise breads. But when it’s not summer I just turn my oven onto it’s lowest setting (175 degrees I think) and then turn that baby right back off. Stick the dough in there and it rises just right. Technically you are supposed to rise yeast dough in a place around 85 degrees but this has always worked for me so why change things?

So now that your dough has risen, plop it in a 350 degree oven and bake until golden brown, like this photo.

My kids like to eat theirs dipped into some warm pizza sauce. Yummy!

My guess is that your mouth is watering by now so I won’t hold you up any longer. Head on out to the grocery store and pick up the ingredients, ’cause you won’t be sorry!

Pepperoni Rolls

1 loaf frozen bread dough

shredded Mozzarella cheese


Italian seasoning

butter or spray butter

Prepare dough for handling by following instructions on the package for thawing. Spread dough out onto a floured surface and roll out to a large rectangle. Either spread with melted butter or spray with butter spray. Sprinkle lightly with Italian seasoning and Mozzarella cheese. Top with pepperoni slices. Roll up, cinnamon roll style, into a long loaf. Cut the loaf into pieces about 1.5″ thick. Put pieces, cut side down, into a baking dish sprayed with nonstick spray. Allow to rise in a warm place until doubled in size. Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown. Serve warm with pizza sauce, if desired.

10 Responses to Pepperoni Rolls

  1. BJ Kirby

    Looks Great!!! Can’t wait to fix this @ the Lake House!!!

  2. Mom, Gwennie

    This does look good. I guess the kids get helping from you. Ya’ll were always in the kitchen sitting on the counter when I was cooking. I am glad you are caring on the tradition. Next time tell the kiddos to Gwennie some.
    Oh and I love the new page. Looks great!!!

  3. amy smith

    Love your blog. I hate to cook…so I’m always looking for easy things to cook. Mine would like the pizza rolls. Check out my blog…it’s our crazy life in pictures! Enjoy…amy

  4. Lori

    Mine is more of a question. I looked for frozen bread dough but did not find it at Walmart. What brand do you buy and where?

    Thanks, Lori

  5. Mandy

    Hi Lori! What state do you live in? I bought my frozen bread dough at Wal-Mart, by the frozen biscuits and rolls. The brand I use most often is Rhodes. They usually come 3 loaves to a package. There is also a generic brand that is sold at Kroger that I believe comes 4 loaves to a pack but I have never used them.

  6. TJ Holtsinger

    You are so awesome. Yall need to move closer to me so I can be at every meal. Matt is very lucky!

  7. Mandy

    Thanks TJ! Hopefully we’ll be living closer to ya’ll soon. :)

  8. Lori

    Thanks, Mandy. I live in Canton, MS. I will look again. it was a Sunday afternoon and everything is usually picked over by then.

  9. Mandy

    I agree Lori! I hate going shopping on Sunday afternoons at my Wal-Mart. All the shelves are usually empty. I always get mine at the Wal-Mart on Lakeland in Flowood. If you can’t find any let me know and I’ll be happy to pick you up some and bring it on my next trip to Canton. :)

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