Easy Pepperoni Bread

~ Amazingly simple and totally delicious pepperoni bread! The perfect appetizer for parties, or a fun twist on pizza night! A family favorite that takes hardly any time to make! ~

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Let’s journey back in time, shall we?

Do you remember waaaaayyyyy far back to when I shared a recipe for Cheeseburger Salad with Oven-Roasted Fries? It was one of our first posts, nearly two years ago.

Hold up! Almost two years?? OMG. Shelley and I have been sharing recipes with you for almost two years?!?

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To start this recipe, you divide one pound of whole wheat dough in half, and then shape each half into a rectangle.

They always say time flies when you’re having fun … and well, we’ve sure been doing that (and then some)!! But golly … two years!

But I digress. Sorry about that. Ah-hem.

So back to the Cheeseburger Salad (super yummy bytheway). You may remember that I mentioned that I used to be a Pampered Chef consultant.

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It was a super fun way for me to interact with adults and I didn’t need to cut their food into teensy tiny pieces (bonus!). I had a blast cooking with groups of gals at the parties and sharing new recipes and tons of laughs!

(Shelley’s also shared her experiences from back when she needed to converse with humans over 4 years old, and thank goodness she did. It led to this and this.)

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Each dough rectangle is topped with super yummi-licious (but reduced-fat!) turkey pepperoni and mozzarella cheese.

One of things I loved (and still love!) about Pampered Chef is the recipes. Impressive-looking but easy-to-make is the name of the game.

And their Pepperoni Pizza Twist is no exception. In fact, when I saw a photo of their Pizza Twist in one of their cookbooks, I thought I’d never be able to make it. It seemed way to difficult.

It kinda reminded me of a jazzed up version of pepperoni bread.

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To enclose the fillings inside the pepperoni bread, you simply work your way down each rectangle, stretching the dough over the fillings and gently pinching the dough closed. It’s truly easy … and quick!

Pepperoni bread is something that Italian grandmas make, right? It’s passed down from generation to generation.

I’m not Italian. I’m German and a little Irish. (I’m pretty sure pepperoni bread, pepperoni rolls and pizza twists don’t hail from those parts.)

Well lemme tell ya something. I finally decided to try it. And I’m so happy I did! It was the most beautiful thing I’d ever cooked up in that little kitchen of mine. I may have shed a tear. I almost didn’t want to cut into it. But we had to see how cheeeeeeesy and pepperoni-y it was.

Oh friends. It was lovely.

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Once you’ve braided the two dough rectangles together, you cut little slits along the top of the braid, one slit per section. Then, you give your pepperoni bread a brush with an Italian-spiced egg wash and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. After a quick trip to your oven while you set the table (or oversee your table-setting minions), this mind-blowing creation is all ready to make your day! And believe us … it WILL make your day!

Of course, that original Pepperoni Pizza Twist has changed over the years – I even made it simpler! – and I’ve healthified it for my family (and for you, too)! It’s more of a traditional pepperoni bread now … in a fun twist form!

I’ve taken this fancy yet easy pepperoni roll to get-togethers as an appetizer. People scarf it down – it’s gone in a flash!

And, I often serve it for dinner (pairs great with a big salad full of veggies!). It always earns cheers from my fam … even my youngest who, at times, claims to not like pepperoni (I don’t know why).

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I gave a little of this pepperoni bread to Shelley several months ago. She’s so sweet and actually shared her itty-bitty slice with her family. The next day, she politely told me it was too small of a slice.

Well ok then.

Whatever size slice I happen to have, I’ve eaten it fresh out of the oven, and fresh out of the fridge.

It’s delicious both ways. Just in case you were wondering.

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Its simplicity makes it even more of a fave at my house. I’m not joking when I tell you that it’ll pretty much be ready to go into the oven before your oven is preheated.

The toughest part is separating the egg white to brush on the top with some Italian spices (sooooo not tough!). And don’t, don’t, don’t skip that part. It’s totally not the same. The egg white beautifully browns the top and gives it just a little crunch. You won’t want to miss it.

Fact is … you just really won’t want to miss any part of this. It’s simple, it’s delicious, it’s perfect!

Easy Pepperoni Bread

Easy Pepperoni Bread

Yield: 12 slices
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 17 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes

Amazingly delicious Pepperoni Bread! And of course, our version is healthier and so easy, too!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound whole wheat dough
  • 4-5 ounces turkey pepperoni, quartered
  • 2 cups shredded, reduced-fat mozzarella cheese
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon shredded parmesan cheese
  • optional for dipping: your favorite pizza sauce

Instructions

  1. Allow dough to come to room temperature so it's relaxed and easy to work with.
  2. Preheat oven to 425°F (or the temperature that your brand of dough specifies).
  3. Divide dough equally in half. On a lightly floured surface, roll each half into a large rectangle (about 18 inches x 6 inches). The dough will relax into a slightly smaller size, which is fine.
  4. Lay both rectangles of dough on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  5. Combine the pepperoni and mozzarella cheese in a medium bowl. Spread half of the pepperoni and cheese mixture down the center of each dough rectangle.
  6. Beginning at the end of one dough rectangle, pull the dough up and over the fillings. Pinch it together (the dough should be slightly sticky and will hold together). Continue folding the dough in and gently pinching to secure, working down the entire length of the dough. Repeat with the other dough rectangle.
  7. Once both rectangles have been pinched closed, turn them over so the "seams" are on the bottom, and the rectangles are closely side by side.
  8. Gently "braid" the two dough rectangles together, twisting them around each other (over and then under), three times.
  9. Using a sharp knife, cut 2-3 inch slits along the top of the pizza bread, one slit on each braided section.
  10. Lightly beat the egg white and Italian seasoning in a small bowl. Using a pastry brush, lightly coat the entire top and sides of the dough with egg wash.
  11. Sprinkle the top of the dough with parmesan cheese.
  12. Bake for 17-20 minutes (or follow your specific dough's recommended bake time), until lightly browned.
  13. Remove from oven and cut into 1-2 inch slices. Serve with sauce for dipping, if desired.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 servings Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 292Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 383mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 5gSugar: 0gProtein: 14g

Nutrition information does not include optional dipping sauce. Nutrition information should be considered an estimate only, and may additionally vary depending on your choice of ingredients or preparation. No guarantees are made regarding allergies or dietary needs. Always consult a physician or dietician for specific advice and questions.

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This recipe is loosely inspired by Pampered Chef’s Pepperoni Pizza Twist recipe, which was featured in their recipe booklet, Season’s Best (fall/winter 2002).

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  1. My family loved this so much! So easy to make and so delicious. Can’t wait to make it again – and try some of your other recipes!

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    • What a lovely message, Tracy – thank you so much! I’m delighted you and your family liked the Pepperoni Bread, and so very excited to know you’ll be trying more of our recipes, too. Let me know what others you enjoy – I can’t wait to hear! ~Shelley

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