Best and Easy West Virginia Pepperoni Rolls

Best and Easy West Virginia Pepperoni Rolls

These easy West Virginia Pepperoni Rolls will hit the spot. Serve these up for dinner with a side salad or as appetizers at your next event. We love to whip these up and have them for dinners and it is a dish we all can agree on. You have cheese and pepperoni on the center wrapped up in homemade bread dough and let me say it is a comfort food. The pepperoni releases the oils and soaks a bit into the dough and it gives these delicious treats so much flavor. 

Best and Easy West Virginia Pepperoni Rolls

History Behind West Virginia Style Pepperoni Rolls

The history of the pepperoni roll wva began in 1927 when Giuseppe “Joseph” Argiro, an Italian immigrant made them and sold them at the Country Club Bakery in Fairmont, West Virginia. If you read my post about West Virginia Beans & Cornbread, you will remember that coal mining is a way of life for my West Virginia people.

So of course the pepperoni roll has to have ties to Coal Mining as well, right? Of course! Argiro first made this beloved snack for our coal miners as a lunch for them to take down into the coal mines.

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They made the perfect lunch — carbs, protein and fat gave the miners energy and subdue the hunger. Minors often felt the hunger pains until they could go home to eat.  Not surprisingly, if you looked in the lunch pail of 10 miners, you would almost always find a pepperoni roll or two.

 

Best and Easy West Virginia Pepperoni Rolls

 

Keep in mind, they didn’t need a refrigerator either to keep these West Virgina pepperoni rolls fresh. Argiro sold his rolls to miners for decades until 1950 when the pepperoni roll became a household name and a West Virginia icon. It was a staple dish that many made on a regular basis.


I am from West Virginia originally so I like to keep some of those roots in my life. This is a recipe I created to remember the past through my taste buds and also give my family a change from the classic hamburger or chicken dishes I make. 

I make the bread dough for my West Virginia pepperoni rolls in a bread maker. However, if you don’t have a bread maker, it can easily be made without. I like having my bread maker as I toss the ingredients in and set it to make the dough and I can leave it.

Then I can tackle other chores in the home or finish up homeschooling. It just helps make my life a bit more simple and frees up some time. But, you can use a KitchenAid mixer or even a spatula and bowl. Don’t feel you have to have a bread maker.  

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These do freeze well and store well in the refrigerator. When we have extras leftover I like to reheat them for a quick lunch. If you freeze them, just reheat in the microwave or oven, or even thaw in the fridge and then the reheat time will be less. I think once you make these, you will fall in love. 

Best and Easy West Virginia Pepperoni Rolls

(Dough made with bread maker. Can easily be made, without.)

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Ingredients for Easy Pepperoni Rolling

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 3  Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons fast rising yeast for bread machines
  • *Pepperoni (slices or sticks)
  • *Shredded cheese (Mexican or Mozzarella)

 

West Virginia Pepperoni Rolls Directions

1) Add liquid ingredients to your bread machine first.

Best and Easy West Virginia Pepperoni Rolls      Best and Easy West Virginia Pepperoni Rolls

2) Then add flour and salt.

Best and Easy West Virginia Pepperoni Rolls

3) Create a small “hole” in the flour and add your sugar and yeast.

4) Select the “Dough” setting on your bread machine.

Best and Easy West Virginia Pepperoni Rolls

Best and Easy West Virginia Pepperoni Rolls

5) Once your dough has fully raised, punch it back down. Lay out on floured surface.                                    Best and Easy West Virginia Pepperoni Rolls

6) Knead for about one minute. (DO NOT over work your dough)

7) Pinch off a small amount of dough and flatten out into the shape of a circle.

8) Add 5-6 slices of pepperoni (or 3 sticks) and shredded cheese.

Best and Easy West Virginia Pepperoni Rolls

9) Fold one side over to the other and pinch the seams together, creating a seal. Fold corners over and do the same.

Best and Easy West Virginia Pepperoni Rolls

10) Place into a large 9×13 pan or baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for about 20 mins or until golden brown.

Best and Easy West Virginia Pepperoni Rolls

Best and Easy West Virginia Pepperoni Rolls

Enjoy! Don’t Forget To Print Your West Virginia Pepperoni Roll Recipe For Later! 

West Virginia Pepperoni Rolls

West Virginia Pepperoni Rolls

These easy pepperoni rolls will hit the spot. Serve these up for dinner with a side salad or as appetizers at your next event.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons fast rising yeast for bread machines
  • Pepperoni slices or sticks
  • Shredded cheese Mexican or Mozzarella

Instructions

  1. Add liquid ingredients to your bread machine first.
  2. Then add flour and salt.
  3. Create a small “hole” in the flour and add your sugar and yeast.
  4. Select the “Dough” setting on your bread machine.
  5. Once your dough has fully raised, punch it back down. Lay out on floured surface.
  6. Knead for about one minute. (DO NOT over work your dough)
  7. Pinch off a small amount of dough and flatten out into the shape of a circle.
  8. Add 5-6 slices of pepperoni (or 3 sticks) and shredded cheese.
  9. Fold one side over to the other and pinch the seams together, creating a seal. Fold corners over and do the same.
  10. Place into a large 9x13 pan or baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for about 20 mins or until golden brown.
Best and Easy West Virginia Pepperoni Rolls

 

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