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Love Pepperoni and Looking for Ways Other Than Pizza to Enjoy it?

Updated on March 19, 2014
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Pepperoni

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 5 round slices (10 Grams)
Calories 50
Calories from Fat36
% Daily Value *
Fat 4 g6%
Saturated fat 1 g5%
Unsaturated fat 1 g
Carbohydrates 0 g
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 0 g
Protein 5 g10%
Cholesterol 10 mg3%
Sodium 175 mg7%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

A Little Pepperoni Information

The pepperoni name comes from the Italian word for spicy peppers "peperoni". The primary meats used in pepperoni are pork and beef. The meats are ground together and dried in refrigerators for a at least a day before being processed. After drying, spices are added to the meat mixture. The typical spices that are added are black pepper, cayenne pepper, salt, sugar, anise seed and paprika. Anyone that has used paprika will recognize the color of the pepperoni mainly comes from the paprika. Sodium nitrate is also added as a curing agent to prevent the growth of unwanted microorganisms. However can be found nitrate free as well.

Once the spices and meat are combined the mixture is fed into a casing machine. In order to do this, an edible collagen casing or natural hog intestine (I prefer the collagen casing) is placed on an extruder machine and the mixture is forced in. At various intervals the casing is twisted and tied off with twine. The finished chain is then hung up to dry for at least six to eight weeks until fully cured. Finally the individual links are separated and sold to customers or sliced with a commercial slicing machine to be packed for use in restaurants.

The pepperoni is then ready to be enjoyed and the slices can make a great snack by themselves. Pepperoni slices are also great additions to sandwiches as a spicy cold cut. Most notably pepperoni meshes well with mozzarella and provolone cheese making git a very tasty and popular pizza topping. There are many other uses for the delicious pepperoni, following are a few of my favorite pepperoni dishes.



Lasagna Pepperoni Roll-Ups

Prep time: 25 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: 3 Servings
  • 3 Lasagna Noodles
  • 3/4 Cup Ricotta Cheese
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Chives, Minced
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Dried Basil
  • 24 Slices Pepperoni
  • 3 Slices Swiss Cheese, Cut in thirds
  • 1 Cup Spaghetti Sauce
  • 1/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese, Shredded
  1. Cook the noodles according to the directions on the package and drain the noodles.
  2. Combine the ricotta cheese, chives, oregano and basil. Spread 1/4 cup of the mixture over each noodle to within 1/2 inch of the edges.
  3. Top with pepperoni and Swiss cheese and carefully roll up.
  4. Place the rolled up noodles seam side down in a greased shallow 1-quart baking dish and top with spaghetti sauce.
  5. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until bubbly. Take them out of the oven and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
  6. Enjoy a delicious variation of lasagna!

Mozzarella Beef Roll-Ups

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Total prep and cook time: 30 Minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients:

1 pound ground beef

1 medium chopped green pepper

1/3 cup chopped onion

1 can (8 ounces) of pizza sauce

28 slices of pepperoni

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

6 flour tortillas (10 inches) warmed

6 pieces (1 ounce) of string cheese

Instructions:

In a large skillet, cook the beef, green pepper and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink, then drain. Stir in the pizza sauce, pepperoni and oregano.

Spoon about 1/2 cup of the beef mixture off-center on each tortilla and top with a piece of string cheese. Fold one side of tortilla over filing and roll up from the opposite side

Place seam side down on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted.

Enjoy your mozzarella beef roll-ups with Pepperoni!


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Other Pepperoni Uses

These are just a couple of my favorite recipes with pepperoni. There are many other wonderful uses. Looking for a simple breakfast, add it to scrambled eggs and top with cheese. You can enjoy it right out of the pan or roll it up into a tortilla for a yummy breakfast burrito.

Pepperoni is also a wonderful addition to any simple baked ziti recipe. Or if you looking for a simple snack, use refrigerated bread sticks and stuff them with the pepperoni then bake them according to package directions. Pepperoni also makes a wonderful addition to any pasta salad. Whether you enjoy your pasta salad warm or cold, pepperoni is sure to enhance it.

Let your imagination go wild and add pepperoni to any dish you choose. I have went so far as to add it to my Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. The extra little spice is such a wonderful addition to so many things or can easily be enjoyed by itself!

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      Susan 3 years ago from India

      Wow... Amazing recipe hub. Thanks for sharing.

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      Leslie Ramos 3 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Thank you for reading! Glad you enjoyed the recipes, hope you try them!

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