"Giuseppe" Pepperoni Rolls
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- 7 c
- all purpose flour
- 2 pkg
- fast-rising active dry yeast
- 2 Tbsp
- 3 c
- warm water (110 degrees f)
- 1 Tbsp
- egg white, slightly beaten
- 1 Tbsp
- 1/3 c
- (approximately) extra virgin olive oil
- 4 Tbsp
- italian seasoning, approximately 1/2 tablespoon each pepperoni roll)
- 1 1/2-2 lb
- sandwich pepperoni
- 1 lb
- mozzarella cheese, slices
- 1 lb
- provolone cheese, slices
- marinara or spaghetti sauce for dipping
DOUGH (MY OLD WORLD ITALIAN BREAD RECIPE)
In a large mixing bowl, add sugar, yeast, and warm water. Make sure water is 110 degrees F. If too hot, you'll kill the yeast. If too cold, the yeast won't activate. Gently mix together & allow to proof for 10-15 minutes. (proofing is allowing the yeast to activate, you'll see small bubbles come to the surface of water mixture. This lets you know that the yeast is activating) If it does not proof, re-start with new yeast.
TIP: I PLACE MY DOUGH IN THE OVEN ON TOP RACK. IN A LARGE SHALLOW PAN, FILL WITH BOILING WATER AND PLACE ON BOTTOM RACK OF OVEN. CLOSE OVEN, AND ALLOW DOUGH TO RISE. DO NOT TURN OVEN ON
When dough has doubled in size, turn out onto lightly floured surface and punch down. Divide dough into 8 even balls. place back into greased bowl, cover and allow to rise again for 15 minutes, doubling in size again.
Next, from top (short side), lay first layer of pepperoni from left to right. below pepperoni, layer provolone cheese, then another pepperoni, them mozzarella. Leave about one inch space from edge of dough to filling. Make sure it's nice and full of pepperoni and cheese.
Then: roll... lengthwise. after one roll, gently fold in the sides, and roll two more times. to seal the edge.. wet fingers with water and place on lip of dough, press against roll.
** can use wax paper too for easy clean up! Just remove rolls from wax paper lined cookie sheet immediately when done baking.
Do this with each roll.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
Serve with your favorite marinara or pasta sauce.
Great for game day appetizers. These freeze very well, so they are great for a "make ahead" meal to grab and go! I even make them without the pepperoni and lots of cheese for my vegetarian!
An absolute favorite for my husband's lunches. Of course, I have to make them for the whole construction crew! But I make smaller ones if doing that to get more rolls! :)
Hope you enjoy!