How to Make Pepperoni Rolls

Aug 9, 2011 4:46 pm

Master the art of making perfect pepperoni rolls

Photo: Kendra Bailey Morris
Photo: Kendra Bailey Morris
Making your own pepperoni rolls couldn’t be easier, especially if you forgo homemade dough in place of frozen.

A soft-baked, doughy bread stuffed with slices of spicy cured meat, what’s not to like about pepperoni rolls? You’ll dig this even more when you add some sweet peppers in tomato sauce and melted mozzarella cheese.  

Here's what you'll need to make pepperoni rolls:

  • One package of dough for 36 frozen dinner rolls, thawed 
  • 8 ounces pepperoni stick, sliced or pre-sliced pepperoni, sliced again in half
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 egg
  • Optional fillings: Peppers in tomato sauce, shredded mozzarella or minced onions
defrost dough
Defrost dough

First, defrost your frozen dough on a baking pan, according to package directions. Cook’s tip: while your dough is defrosting and rising, cover it with plastic wrap, so it doesn’t dry out. Spray the inside of your plastic wrap with cooking spray so it doesn’t stick to your dough.

fill with pepperoni
Smash and fill

Once your dough has fully defrosted (it will also rise), push a piece flat with your hand on a lightly greased cutting board, then place 4-5 pieces of pepperoni in the middle. Be generous. 

seal the pepperoni roll
Seal shut

Next, wrap up the pepperoni roll (burrito-style) and pinch the edges closed. Return to a baking pan, seam down. Repeat this process until you’ve used up all your dough balls and pepperoni.

Cover and let rise
Cover and let rise

Cover your pepperoni rolls with plastic wrap (don’t forget to spray the inside of the wrap!) and let rest in a warm spot for an hour or until they double in size. Cook's tip: For a denser pepperoni roll, do not rise a second time. For a lighter, airier roll, add this this next step.

make egg wash
Make egg wash

In a small saucepan, melt butter and sugar, then let cool. Add one egg and whisk well.

brush pepperoni rolls with egg wash
Brush rolls with egg wash

Brush the tops of your pepperoni rolls with the egg wash, and preheat oven to 350 degrees.

bake pepperoni rolls
Bake rolls

Bake your pepperoni rolls until golden brown on top, about 10 minutes.

Slice and serve
Slice and serve

Serve pepperoni rolls hot from the oven or slice open and stuff with peppers, tomato sauce and mozzarella. Return to a 350-degree oven until cheese melts, about 10-12 minutes.

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