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Smoky Stuffed Pepperoni Pull Apart Rolls

Post #3 of 5 in my Five Favorite Things for my Five Thousand Foodie Friends series …

Smoky Pepperoni Cheese Stuffed Pull Apart Rolls

#1 was salad. #2 was dip. #3 is BREAD! You might have noticed if you’ve hung around this blog very much that I adore making bread. There’s no better smell in a home than a loaf of fresh bread in the oven …

This time I wanted to stuff some pull apart rolls with pepperoni, but I wanted something kinda different to compliment the pepperoni. So I made up a smoky cheese mixture to compliment the pepperoni. I was SO excited once the idea came to me. It’s got three kinds of cheese, some smoked paprika and basil.

I think baking bread for me is sometimes kind of like art: you have a picture in your mind of what you want it to be, but once you begin making it, it takes on a life of its own. That is exactly what happened here. I had a vague notion, but I didn’t really know what I was going to put in the bread when I walked into the kitchen.

If you wanted to make these meatless, try mixing a steamed vegetable with the smoky cheese mixture. I think broccoli would be nice, or maybe asparagus?

Smoky Pepperoni & Cheese Stuffed Pull Apart Rolls

Smoky Stuffed Pepperoni Pull Apart Rolls

Dough ingredients:

  • 1 ¼ cups water
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons of yeast
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons of salt
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour

Smoky cheese filling ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded smoked gouda cheese
  • 1/2 cup Italian blend shredded cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • A small handful of fresh basil leaves, chopped (about 2 Tablespoons)

You’ll also need:

  • 12 thin pepperoni slices
  • 1 egg white (for brushing the tops)
  • Sesame or poppy seeds (for the top, if desired)

Put all the dough ingredients into a bread machine and set it on the dough setting. When the dough is ready, roll it out on a clean surface dusted with flour as thin as you can manage without tearing the dough. Cut the dough into circles with a biscuit cutter or a glass or cookie cutter. It doesn’t even have to be round: you can just cut squares with a knife.

Take a piece of the dough and place a slice of pepperoni on it, then top with a small ball of the smoky cheese mixture.

Place a piece of pepperoni on the dough and top with a half spoonful of the cheese mixture.

Place a piece of pepperoni on the dough an top with a small ball of the smoky cheese mixture

Pinch up the sides of the dough, like this:

Smoky Pepperoni & Cheese Pull Apart Rolls

Then pinch together the other sides to seal in the filling:

Smoky Pepperoni & Cheese Pull Apart Rolls

Place the little balls of dough pinched side down in a muffin pan sprayed with cooking spray. You should have enough filling to make 12 “muffins”, but you may have some extra bread dough left at the end. You can make that into some plain rolls or a little loaf of bread.

Smoky Pepperoni & Cheese Pull Apart Rolls

Spray the dough with cooking spray, cover with a clean towel, and let the pan rise in a warm place for about 45 minutes or so or till your little rolls are nice and puffy.

Bake rolls at 350 for about 20 – 25 minutes or until a deep golden brown color on top. Serve hot. If there are any leftovers, keep them in the fridge and re-warm in the microwave.

Smoky Pepperoni & Cheese Pull Apart Rolls

This recipe was shared at Full Plate ThursdaysWeekend PotluckFabulous Fridays, and Strut your Stuff Saturdays.

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13 responses

  1. You’ve done it again, dear Ann! I’m just sitting here lusting for freshly baked bread! And I love pepperoni :) Thanks for all the foodie joy you bring into my life!

    March 22, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    • Ann

      Thank you Michele! It brings me so much joy to share my food with you :)

      March 22, 2012 at 12:31 pm

  2. These look amazing! I’ve Evernoted them to make asap. I’m starving right now so this probably wasn’t the right time to be reading this!!! :)

    March 22, 2012 at 12:35 pm

  3. I am bookmarking this one! It is like a meal all in one. Yum.

    March 22, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    • Ann

      Yay! I’m so excited for you to try it … :)

      March 22, 2012 at 9:14 pm

  4. This looks AMAZING! I LOVE smoky cheeses. Thanks for sharing at Weekend Potluck!
    ~Tonya from 4 little Fergusons

    http://4littlefergusons.wordpress.com/2012/03/23/cocktail-reubens-weekend-potluck-10/

    March 23, 2012 at 8:55 am

    • Ann

      Thank you Tonya! :)

      March 23, 2012 at 10:05 am

  5. What a fun recipe! These pull-apart rolls would be a huge hit with the guys in my life. Thanks for sharing. Also, I’m having a great giveaway today with four potential prize winners, so you should enter!

    March 23, 2012 at 11:47 am

    • Ann

      Thank you and yes, I think I should enter your giveaway! Thanks for the invite, Georgia!

      March 23, 2012 at 12:49 pm

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  7. Thank you so much for sharing your great recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great Spring week end and come back to see me real soon!
    Miz Helen

    March 24, 2012 at 1:12 pm

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