Hot pepperoni and melted cheese are baked into swirls in a loaf of white bread, sliced, and served warm. This pepperoni bread is an excellent appetizer or snack the whole family will love!
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Pepperoni bread is a distinctly North America meal – after all, if you want a pizza, just get a pizza, right?
However, there is just something so uniquely delicious and incomparable about some frozen bread dough stuffed with pepperoni, cheese, and some really good marinara sauce.
It oozes out and burns your mouth the moment you bite into it, but it is just so darned good. Thanks to a few extra tricks and hacks, you can not only make it really simple to make but also packed with a surprising amount of extra flavor as well.
Pepperoni Bread Ingredients
Make sure you look at the recipe card at the very bottom for the exact amounts so that you know exactly what to buy for this recipe.
• Frozen bread dough, completely thawed
• Large egg
• Garlic powder
• Pepperoni sausage
• Shredded mozzarella cheese
• Shredded cheddar cheese
• Parmesan cheese
• Marinara sauce
How To Make Pepperoni Bread
• Lightly grease a baking sheet and set aside
• Place the pepperoni slices onto a double thickness paper towel, microwaving for 20 minutes and blotting off the grease
• Whisk the egg with the garlic powder in a small bowl and set aside
• Roll the bread dough out into a 10×15 rectangle, to about a quarter-inch thick
• Brush the dough with the beaten egg mixture
• Arrange the pepperoni and cheeses over the dough in an even layer
• Sprinkle the Italian seasoning over the toppings in an even layer
• Roll up the dough like a jelly roll, pinching the dough together at the end to seal
• Place it on the prepared baking sheet and bake it at 375 Fahrenheit for 35 minutes until golden brown on top
• Remove and cool for 10 minutes, and then slice into 1 inch thick rolls and serve warm with dipping sauce
How To Stop Your Bread Dough From Falling Apart In The Oven
A big problem with this kind of bread recipe is the big piece of bread dough just falling apart in the oven.
This happens because the internal pressure of all the cooking ingredients tries to force its way out of the bread, eventually bursting a hole and leaking all over the oven tray.
To avoid this, make sure that you are tightly rolling the dough up like a jelly roll and pinching tightly to create a seal.
After that, you need to remember to always place it seam side down. The seam created from rolling the dough absolutely has to be resting on the bottom of the oven tray to help keep the weight of the dough pressing down on it and keeping it from bursting.
Why Mix Egg & Garlic Together
The special trick in this recipe to get this pepperoni bread really tasting like something you would get out of a deli is to coat the dough with a whisked mixture of egg and garlic powder.
It might sound like that is a really strange thing to do, but it is actually a genius way to imbue every single bite of bread with garlicky goodness.
As long as you use properly fine garlic powder, it should pretty much disappear into the egg and not be at risk of burning. Instead, it will slightly darken as the bread cooks, browning with the dough and forming a slight granulation of garlic flavor.
It shouldn’t taste overwhelmingly garlicky; instead, it should just add a nice hit of garlic to help round off every bite and keep the bread tasting really flavorful.
Enjoy! This is such a great snack!
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- Prep Time
- 15 minutes
- Cook Time
- 35 minutes
- Karlynn Johnston
- Preheat your oven to 375°F. Lightly grease a baking sheet and set aside.
- Place pepperoni slices onto a double thickness paper towel. Microwave for 20 seconds, then blot the excess grease off the top of the slices with another double thickness paper towel. Repeat until all slices are precooked slightly.
- Whisk the egg with the garlic powder in a small bowl and set aside.
- Roll the bread dough out into a 10×15 rectangle, with the dough about 1/4 inch thick.
- Brush the dough with the beaten egg mixture.
- Arrange the pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, cheddar cheese and parmesan cheese over the dough in an even layer.
- Sprinkle the the Italian seasoning over the toppings in an even layer.
- Roll up the dough like a jelly roll, rolling from the smaller end, and pinch the dough together at the end seam to seal.
- Place the roll seam side down on the prepared baking sheet.
- Brush the top and sides with the egg/garlic mixture.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, or until golden brown on top and it sounds hollow when tapped.
- Remove and cool for 10-15 minutes, then slice into 1/2 inch-1 inch thick rolls and serve warm with dipping bowls of marinara sauce.
All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.