Friday, May 1, 2015

Famous West Virginia Pepperoni Rolls

These might be the kids favorite treat so far.  I made these for them a couple days ago and they wolfed them down.
 West Virginia pepperoni rolls are different from any others I have ever seen.  The pepperoni is cut into sticks instead of slices.

 I am still experimenting with these so I won't write the recipe down yet. The dough should be slightly sweet like a potato dough.  You want the sweetness to offset the salty, spicy sausage.

 Once you roll out a piece of dough, you lay a stick of the pepperoni on the edge of it.

 Roll until it is covered.

 Place a second stick of pepperoni on the dough and repeat.

 Finally, place a third stick of pepperoni on the dough.

Roll it and pinch it closed.
 Place them seam side down on a parchment covered baking sheet.  Melt a stick of butter with 3 tablespoons of sugar.  Let it cool and then beat 1 egg into it.  Brush the rolls with this mixture and sprinkle them with a bit of garlic salt.  Let these rise for about 40 minutes.

 Bake them at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes until they are golden.

 Remove them from the oven and let them sit for about 5 minutes. Remove them and let them finish cooling on racks.

 I added provolone cheese to some of them and hot peppers to some as well.

 I made 66 of these and not one was left. These are pretty big too.

 I found out that there will only be 35 kids at the center on Wednesdays as compared to the 125 there will be on other days through the summer.  So, I can feed those kids each Wednesday.  I think these rolls will be on the menu a lot.