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When you hear pepperoni, you immediately think of big, thick slices of pizza, I’m sure. I mean, who doesn’t picture that? Pizza is amazing, yes, and I eat it far more than I would ever admit, but Hormel Pepperoni goes well with so much more than just a slice of pie. Take, for instance, these amazing Spicy Pepperoni Bread Knots. Not made from pizza dough, these bad boys are rich with the flavor of heavily spiced rosemary and olive oil bread, crisped pepperoni, and garlic, and are perfect for popping as a snack or side dish.
I started with my rosemary and olive oil bread recipe, but instead of finishing it off as a loaf, I rolled it out and cut it into strips to tie into knots. I tossed the knots with a mixture of sauteed Hormel Pepperoni, garlic, oregano, basil, and olive oil, then baked them in a cast iron skillet. I basically did everything in the cast iron skillet. Flavor infusion. Flavor explosion. Fo sho.
Are you drooling yet? Cause I am! I need some spicy pepperoni bread knots ASAP. And in case you haven’t check out the bread recipe yet, you are going to love it, because not only is it full of spices and flavor, it’s made with whole wheat flour! So feel a little better about that snack, you whole wheat loving person, you.
The girls love to pop their spicy pepperoni bread knots in hot marinara, but me, I prefer to dip them in a little sea salt seasoned olive oil, which is how I enjoy the original bread recipe too. So delicious. Who’s ready for a drive down flavor avenue? You? You? Youuuuuu? Me!
Spicy Pepperoni Bread Knots
- 1 Rosemary and Olive Oil Bread Dough
- 1 1/2 C Pepperoni, diced
- 4 Cloves Garlic, diced
- 2 Tbsp Fresh Oregano, chopped
- 1 Tbsp Fresh Basil, chopped
- 2 Tbsp Olive Oil, plus extra for glazing
- 1/4 C Grated Parmesan
- Prepare the rosemary and olive oil bread as directed in the original recipe, up until the end of the first dough rising period.
- In a cast iron skillet, add 2 Tbsp olive oil and heat to medium. Add the pepperoni and saute until it begins to crisp, around 4 minutes. Add the garlic, oregano, and basil and continue to saute for an additional 3 minutes. Remove from heat, transferring the mixture to a large bowl.
- Roll the dough out in batches around 10 inches in length and 4 inches wide, then cut into 2 inch strips. Knot each strip and place in the bowl with the pepperoni mixture. Carefully roll the knots in the mixture until thoroughly coated, then place in a single layer in the cast iron skillet. Allow to rise for 45 minutes. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes and enjoy with hot marinara or lightly-seasoned oil.
Make sure you head to Walmart and grab your Hormel Pepperoni for this spicy pepperoni bread knots recipe! Get $1 off when you buy two!
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