Every year during the holidays I get requests for pepperoni bread. You see, I started making this bread about five years ago with my mom. We would make about three loaves for Christmas and Christmas Eve. It was so popular that we started getting requests from friends and family for us to make them their own personal loaves (mainly Nick, my dad, brother, and some cousins….note, mostly men. But of course women love this too!). Now we make anywhere from ten to twelve loaves during this time of the year. I would quite honestly make more, if I had time, and arm strength (it’s a workout rolling out this dough, I tell you) but for now ten to twelve loaves do the trick. It’s just a great food to have on hand to bring to holiday parties, give as gifts, or even set out on the table when random guests drop by. Everyone likes a good pepperoni bread. Everyone!
- 1 loaf of frozen bread dough (I buy the 4 packs from Kroger)
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 2 tsp. Italian seasoning
- 1-1.5 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- ~30 turkey pepperoni
- Thaw the dough according to the directions on the package (make sure it doesn’t start to puff up. If this happens you have let it thaw for too long).
- Preheat your oven according to package baking directions.
- Spread out the thawed dough on a greased baking sheet and make it into a long rectangle. Get the dough as flat and large as possible (so it can roll easily).
- Top the dough evenly with olive oil, seasoning, cheese and pepperoni.
- Fold one side of the bread into the center of the rectangle, and then fold the other side on top of that. Use your fingers to pinch the dough so the seem is tightly closed (also make sure the ends of the bread are closed too). Flip the bread onto the seam before baking.
- Bake according to directions on the package (likely 25-30 minutes) until the tops are slightly browned. Take out of the oven and allow to cool. Cut into about 10-12 pieces, and enjoy with warm marinara sauce.
This is the dough when it’s flat and in a “rectangular” shape. You see the rectangle? Yeah, sort of. I mean, it’s dough.