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Porcelina
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Pepperoni rolls - Sun, 03/2/08 5:42 PM
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I was pretty shocked to find out that none of my friends outside of WV have heard of pepperoni rolls. I always thought it was a nationwide thing, but I guess it's regional. Do you guys have pepperoni rolls where you live? They are delicious. I am a freak about them in that I take out all but one slice of pepperoni, or if it's the kind with a stick of pepperoni I just pull it out. I only like the taste it leaves behind on the bread and the cheese that's baked inside :D

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RE: Pepperoni rolls - Sun, 03/2/08 6:03 PM
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Here in CT the closest thing to a pepperoni roll would be stuffed bread. Italian bread stuffed with fillings. Pepperoni and cheese. Sausage and cheese. Spinach and Sausage. Broccoli and cheese. Just a few of the varieties

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RE: Pepperoni rolls - Sun, 03/2/08 6:07 PM
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Here ya are! Until now, I'd never heard of them! They look good!

http://bobheffner.com/pepperoniroll/

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RE: Pepperoni rolls - Sun, 03/2/08 7:10 PM
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The best pepperoni rolls are hot and fresh baked with lots of mozzarella. You guys should try making homemade pepperoni rolls, it definitely isn't near the same as a real pepperoni roll, but around here this is really popular to make...buy the Pillsbury crescent roll dough, some mozz, cheddar, or pepperjack cheese, and some pepperoni rods. Here you can just buy rods of it but you might have to fashion some of of a big pepperoni stick. Wrap the dough around the pepperoni and cheese, bake, and yum! I'm not a big bread maker at all, but I imagine for anyone who is it would be very easy to wrap some fresh dough around pepperoni and cheese...

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RE: Pepperoni rolls - Sun, 03/2/08 9:44 PM
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To some extent if you familiar with a calzone or even a pig in a blanket, you're familiar with a pepperoni roll.

I always get some whenever I drive through West Virginia. I really don't think they are that great, but I like to eat local. I will say, however, that they are usually the best option you can find at the gas stations. That being said, I've never been to the bakeries in Fairmount, so my experience doesn't include the stand bearers of the genre.

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RE: Pepperoni rolls - Sun, 03/2/08 10:45 PM
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EWW gas station pepperoni rolls!!! NOO! Haha...you have to know the local bakeries out here to get a REAL pepperoni roll that doesn't taste like cardboard. Ray's Bakery here has ones that are to die for.

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RE: Pepperoni rolls - Mon, 03/3/08 7:45 AM
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Looks like a calzone,wittled down,I agree!

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RE: Pepperoni rolls - Mon, 03/3/08 10:32 AM
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One of my grandzillas takes a flour tortilla, thin sliced deli pepperoni, and slicded american cheese, nukes it, rolls it up, and calles it a "pepperoni roll". Hey we are in Texas.
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RE: Pepperoni rolls - Mon, 03/3/08 11:01 AM
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It's pretty much structured just like a calzone, but the roll, on a good pepperoni roll, is a sweet roll that is much fluffier than a calzone. Plus there's nowhere near as much cheese usually as in a calzone. But other than that, I would liken it most closely to a calzone.
Hehe...I don't know about the tortilla thing, but I am pretty much sickened by pepperoni except in the context of a pepperoni roll (which I usually remove all to most of the pepperoni anyway).

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RE: Pepperoni rolls - Mon, 03/3/08 11:07 AM
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I had an excellent pepperoni roll over the weekend at the PA Dutch Farm Market in Annapolis over the weekend. It was bigger, a bit greasier and more flavorful than the ones I have typically bought in West Virginia. I will try and post a photo of it later.


With all the wonderful things for sale there, the line for the pepperoni rolls/pretzels was the longest.

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RE: Pepperoni rolls - Mon, 03/3/08 9:59 PM
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Dearfolk,
This talk about West Virginia's specialty, pepperoni rolls, makes me wonder if anyone knows how Redtressed is doing. Does anyone know? She was always writing in from Morgantown, West Virginia.
Curiously, Ort. Carlton in Lovely Athens.

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RE: Pepperoni rolls - Mon, 03/3/08 10:37 PM
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I do find the pepperoni rolls that use thin sticks of pepperoni are much better than the ones that used sliced pepperonies that otherwise belong on a pizza.

Porcelina
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RE: Pepperoni rolls - Mon, 03/3/08 10:37 PM
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Ort, I'm in Morgantown, too.

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RE: Pepperoni rolls - Tue, 03/4/08 12:12 AM
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Originally posted by Porcelina
Ort, I'm in Morgantown, too.


Porcelina,
Maybe someone here -- Mr. Mayor, are you moderating? -- can lead you two together. I think she doesn't have an internet connection right now... at least I hope that's the case; she hasn't posted here in quite awhile, and she underwent some serious medical problems.
Wondersomely, Ort. Carlton in Cooling Off But Still Reasonably Warm Athens, Georgia.
P. S. Have a Pepperoni Roll from your favorite place and raise a toast (pun not intended) to me. I've never had one.
P. P. S. As you might not yet know, I'm a crackpot on old records. There isn't a song named "Porcelina," but there IS one named "Bop-A-Lena" -- it's by Ronnie Self. I still lack that 45 on COLUMBIA, although I do have its follow-up, "Ain't I'm A Dog" (NOT a typo!). (That one came to me for free [it has a chip out, but plays perfectly -- albeit cracklingly] at Goodwill Industries in Madison Heights, Virginia in 2001!)

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RE: Pepperoni rolls - Tue, 03/4/08 5:49 AM
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I was in WVa a few weeks ago and brought pepperoni rolls home to my family who had never heard of them but devoured everyone in a matter of minutes.
One of my favorite towns in WVa? The town of Hundred. Gorgeous little town.

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RE: Pepperoni rolls - Tue, 03/4/08 8:50 AM
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OK, I'm convinced.



I ordered some from:

http://www.pepperonirolls.net/

A full tasting report will be given.

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RE: Pepperoni rolls - Tue, 03/4/08 8:56 AM
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The more I read this thread, the more I want a peperoni roll...just don't see them in New Jersey!I guess,peperoni aside, it's not an Italian thing!

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RE: Pepperoni rolls - Tue, 03/4/08 3:54 PM
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I found some a few years ago in a gas station in Paducah, KY of all places.

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RE: Pepperoni rolls - Tue, 03/4/08 7:59 PM
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Im with Lee! I want to make my own though.

I offered to take my oldest grandzilla, who was 14 at the time, to lunch, anywhere she wanted to go. She picked Subway and prceeded to eat two FOOTLONG pepperoni subs! And a bag of chips! She is a skiney girl to. She always asks for a bag of pepperoni, a can of black olives, and a can of mushrooms for Christmas.
Joe

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RE: Pepperoni rolls - Tue, 03/4/08 9:13 PM
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Originally posted by Ort. Carlton.

Dearfolk,
This talk about West Virginia's specialty, pepperoni rolls, makes me wonder if anyone knows how Redtressed is doing. Does anyone know? She was always writing in from Morgantown, West Virginia.
Curiously, Ort. Carlton in Lovely Athens.

Ort, I spoke with the redtressed one a few days ago. She'd been in the hospital for a few weeks, but is home once again. She's not been well, but she's still battling away.

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RE: Pepperoni rolls - Tue, 07/1/08 10:39 PM
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I'm not familiar with the pepperoni roll - BUT, do pine for the Pepperoni ball. When I was in college in western PA there was a place that delivered 'til all hours - they were 25 cents a piece. They took checks too - I remember writing a check for $1.25. slices of pepperoni, mozzarella cheese packed into dough about the size of a cue ball and deep fried. Ooooh were they good!

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RE: Pepperoni rolls - Wed, 07/2/08 10:36 AM
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Pepperoni rolls, pepperoni bread, totino's pepperoni pizza bites...all hit the spot for me

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RE: Pepperoni rolls - Wed, 07/2/08 9:09 PM
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I have had only one pepperoni roll and that was at a convenience store in WV in route to Niagara Falls. I didn't know they existed until reading about them here on Roadfood. My choice of where to get one was probably not the best and my opinion is that it was like a rolled up piece of pizza or a calzone. Not bad but I wouldn't go out of my way for one.

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RE: Pepperoni rolls - Mon, 07/7/08 11:38 AM
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I love the things. I probably wouldn't be so crazy for them if I went to West Virginia more than a few times a year, but it's one of the food related things I look forward to most - that and buying some Frozen Run Birch Beer, and the sausage gravy at the Waffle House in Flatwoods.

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RE: Pepperoni rolls - Mon, 07/7/08 10:26 PM
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I find my self in Fairmont a few times a year. It always seems like if I leave Baltimore after work, i'm always ready to check into a hotel by the time I hit Fairmont.

Anyway, each time I'm there I always say that this will be the time I make it over to County Club Bakery and get some pepperoni rolls, but by the time I think about it i'm driving past Clarksburg.

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RE: Pepperoni rolls - Mon, 07/7/08 10:49 PM
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On our Texas trips we stop at several of the Czech bakeries for the usual Kolache (sweet fruit filling)...but the Tex-Czechs also make a Sausage or Pepperoni Jalopena stuffed Kolache as well. All of the varieties we have tried have been delicious.
They look just like the rolls you have described and pictured in this thread.

BTW Freddies Pizza and Deli in Chicago's Cicero Suburb makes great Pepperoni Rolls (the size of 6" Sub Rolls), and long loaves of Pepperoni bread (same style only french bread length)

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RE: Pepperoni rolls - Thu, 07/10/08 11:17 AM
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Pittsburgh is close enough to West Virginia that we can get some really good pepperoni rolls. My favorite is made and sold by the Mancini's location in the Strip District. Mancini's is Pittsburgh's premier bread maker. Here is a small article in The Trib about the operation.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/s_575692.html

Yet another "must eat" in the Strip District.

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RE: Pepperoni rolls - Thu, 07/10/08 8:19 PM
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Here in Steubenville, Ohio,we can get them at Kroger. They do come from across the river (Weirton, WV) but they are really good. I keep a little container of marinara sauce in the fridge to dip them in. Microwave them for 30 seconds first. Mmmm!

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RE: Pepperoni rolls - Tue, 07/15/08 3:21 PM
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Pechins Supermarket/Bakery has very delicious pepperoni rolls. They are 2 or 3 bite size.

Pechins is located on Route 119 between Uniontown and Connellsville, PA and is about 30 miles north of Morgantown WV. They also have an eating establishment adjacent to the supermarket.

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RE: Pepperoni rolls - Tue, 07/15/08 3:23 PM
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catherines-
Thanks for the tip! I have been thinking about making the drive down to Glisan's soon and I will try to stop in at this place, too.

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RE: Pepperoni rolls - Tue, 07/15/08 3:51 PM
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We have pepperoni rolls here in NJ, most pizzerias have them...

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RE: Pepperoni rolls - Tue, 07/15/08 4:15 PM
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I've done a fair amount of travelling around the country, and West Virginia is the only place that I've found them. They're not even in all parts of the Mountaineer State. My parents live just outside of Martinsburg, in the eastern panhandle, and they don't have them there. Whenever I travel through the Fairmont-Clarksburg-Morgantown area, I make it a point to get some. And if the only ones you've had have been in bags at convenience stores, you really haven't had any. The best ones come straight from the bakeries that produce them. The best ones I've ever had came from Colasessano's in Fairmont a few years ago (although from the Sterns' most recent review, they seem to have gone down hill since they "spiffed" the place up).

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RE: Pepperoni rolls - Tue, 07/15/08 6:25 PM
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Pepperoni rolls are available in Ohio's border towns. I just saw them in Marietta, which is a few miles from Parkersburg.

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RE: Pepperoni rolls - Tue, 07/22/08 11:09 AM
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I'm not familiar with the pepperoni roll - BUT, do pine for the Pepperoni ball. When I was in college in western PA there was a place that delivered 'til all hours - they were 25 cents a piece. They took checks too - I remember writing a check for $1.25. slices of pepperoni, mozzarella cheese packed into dough about the size of a cue ball and deep fried. Ooooh were they good!


We had something similar in college in northern NY (Scorereader can attest to these wonderful things), but they're the size of a medium pepperoni pizza (sauce, cheese, and pepperoni), rolled up and deep fried. The Sergi's pizza roll.

My sister's bf makes excellent pepperoni rolls of the type being discussed... going to have to hit him up for some this week.

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RE: Pepperoni rolls - Sun, 07/27/08 4:36 PM
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Originally posted by SeamusD

quote:
Originally posted by MOC

I'm not familiar with the pepperoni roll - BUT, do pine for the Pepperoni ball. When I was in college in western PA there was a place that delivered 'til all hours - they were 25 cents a piece. They took checks too - I remember writing a check for $1.25. slices of pepperoni, mozzarella cheese packed into dough about the size of a cue ball and deep fried. Ooooh were they good!


We had something similar in college in northern NY (Scorereader can attest to these wonderful things), but they're the size of a medium pepperoni pizza (sauce, cheese, and pepperoni), rolled up and deep fried. The Sergi's pizza roll.

My sister's bf makes excellent pepperoni rolls of the type being discussed... going to have to hit him up for some this week.


Sergi's was my local place also. I tried a pizza roll sober one time and it was disgusting. Sort of like White Castle and Krystal...they're much better when not 100% sober.

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RE: Pepperoni rolls - Thu, 03/28/13 11:35 PM
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Earl of Sandwich


I found some a few years ago in a gas station in Paducah, KY of all places.

 
Do you happen to remember which gas station? I go to college in Murray, close to paducah, though I grew up in Erie, Pa, where those are common.

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RE: Pepperoni rolls - Fri, 03/29/13 1:56 PM
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Whoa,  that was too long ago to remember but I think I was on US 60 headed east but don't remember much more than that.  I would not have guessed that there were things of the sort in Erie, PA.  All over town or at a specific location?

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RE: Pepperoni rolls - Mon, 05/6/13 8:08 PM
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After my 1st visit to WV last summer, I have searched for pepperoni rolls done right.  Agreed, this is not a purist recipe, but
 
http://chickensintheroad.com/cooking/in-pursuit-of-the-perfect-pepperoni-roll/
 

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RE: Pepperoni rolls - Mon, 05/20/13 9:05 PM
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Love em. Giles Town and Country in Beaver Falls, PA makes several kinds. The usual, hot pepper, then odd ones like sausage, Italian hoagie, buffalo chicken, and the last time I was there..kielbasa and kraut.

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Re:Pepperoni rolls - Sat, 05/25/13 9:31 AM
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The only "pepperoni rolls" I've had came from a place called Gumby's Pizza in Iowa City.  I guess they're a chain that's usually found in college towns. 
 
Structurally I guess they're the same as what you all are talking about - baked bread with pepperoni inside - though, when I last had them (2001-ish), Gumby's never used pepperoni sticks, just the same slices as what they put on their pizza. 

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Re:Pepperoni rolls - Sat, 05/25/13 11:37 AM
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For a short time I helped out at a small grocery/deli in New Brighton, PA.  They made their own pepperoni rolls.  We would bake about 5-6 dz. every morning and we were sold out by mid-afternoon.  I ate one once........it was OK, pepperoni in bread dough.  I didn't find them especially fantastic but we sure sold a lot of them.

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RE: Pepperoni rolls - Sat, 05/25/13 12:16 PM
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gostillerz


Love em. Giles Town and Country in Beaver Falls, PA makes several kinds. The usual, hot pepper, then odd ones like sausage, Italian hoagie, buffalo chicken, and the last time I was there..kielbasa and kraut.

There's a corner gas station/grocery/restaurant called Al's Corner on Big Beaver Boulevard in Koppel, a few miles north of Beaver Falls, that has pepperoni rolls. I've not tried them, but one of these days I'm going to have to stop there and sample some of their stuff.


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RE: Pepperoni rolls - Wed, 05/29/13 7:28 AM
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The Mancini bread store in the Strip District (near Wholey's) has pretty good ones.
 
The best I ever had was at Sarcone's Bakery in Philadelphia.

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RE: Pepperoni rolls - Sat, 06/15/13 3:17 AM
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Living in WV, I have constant access to them. They all tend to be greasy from the pepperoni and if you dont dip them in marinara or some kind of sauce, they end up being kind of,,,,plain. I suppose they can be a decent little snack, but if some people are looking for a culinary revelation, this isnt it.