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Homestyle Pepperoni Rolls

These homemade rolls are filled with spicy pepperoni and creamy cheese and will take you right back to the beautiful state of West Virginia!
Home-style Pepperoni Rolls
Yield 8 rolls


  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1 (0.25oz) package (7g) or 2 1/4 teaspoons Platinum Yeast
  • 2 teaspoons table salt
  • 3 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 (6oz) stick pepperoni (cut into 8 pieces by cutting it in half, then each piece into 4 lengthwise pieces )
  • 1/8 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups grated Monterrey jack cheese (plus more for stuffing if needed)
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter (for brushing the rolls before and after baking)


  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats and set aside.
  • In the microwave or on the stove top, warm the milk and butter until the butter is melted. Cool to 120-130°F (very warm, but not too hot to touch).
  • Whisk in the sugar and yeast. Allow the mixture to sit until the yeast gets foamy, about 10 minutes.
  • In a stand mixer bowl (or mixing bowl), add the bread flour and salt. Whisk to combine. Create a well in the center. Add the egg and yeast mixture into the well. Using a paddle attachment (or wooden spoon), mix just until all of the ingredients come together. The dough will be sticky and rough looking at this point.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm spot for 2 hours.
  • After two hours, gently punch down and fold the dough a few times right in the bowl. Form it into a ball and cover it again with plastic wrap. Let it rise for 1 hour.
  • Turn the dough out into a well-floured surface. Knead the dough by hand until a smooth ball forms.
  • Divide the dough into 8 equal-sized pieces and roll each piece into a ball.
  • With a rolling pin or your hands, roll each piece to a 5-inch circle. Place a piece of the pepperoni on top of the dough. Lightly brush the pepperoni with the olive oil. Sprinkle about 2 tablespoons of the cheese on top.
  • Fold the dough over the fillings and roll up like a burrito. Tuck and seal the ends under and pinch closed the seam side.
  • Place seam side down on lined baking sheets. Cover the rolls with plastic wrap and let rise for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F while the rolls are rising.
  • Brush the tops of the rolls with the melted butter before baking.
  • Bake for 15 minutes and then rotate the pans. Bake for another 15 to 20 minutes, or until the rolls are golden brown.
  • Brush the rolls again with the melted butter when they come out of the oven.
  • Cut the rolls in half and stuff more cheese into the openings if desired. You can then place it in the microwave for a few seconds to melt it.
  • Enjoy them just like this, or dunk them in your favorite marinara sauce.