This loaf-style Pepperoni Bread is easy and packed with flavor…and perfect for grilled cheese sandwiches!
Back in late December when my wife and I were packing up the car to head back home after Christmas, my mother-in-law offered us a huge chunk of pepperoni to take with us. Yes, you read that correctly. Pepperoni. Who’s mother-in-law is awesome enough to send you home with a massive chunk of pepperoni? Mine! You see, my wife comes from a large Italian family, so it’s no surprise that there was leftover pepperoni hanging out after Christmas. Of course I grabbed that pepperoni and put it into the back of the car as fast as possible! I was planning on just making a delicious pepperoni pizza with it. But when we got home, my wife suggested that I use some of the pepperoni to make pepperoni bread. Pepperoni bread? I asked her if this was a family recipe, and she said, “No, but you’re always looking for an excuse to make bread.” (She’s right. I am always looking for an excuse to make bread.) So off I went to the kitchen and a couple of hours later, this Pepperoni Bread was born. This bread is so delicious that it’s now a family recipe!
I topped this bread with a bit of shaved Parmesan cheese for an added flavor boost. And flavor boost was right! This bread was delicious when lightly toasted with a little bit of butter…but it was magical on a grilled cheese sandwich! My wife and I rationed out this bread over the remaining days of the holiday break. (Yes, I’ve been holding on to this recipe for a while now.) And in case you’re wondering about the cayenne pepper in the recipe…it’s not very much at all. The 1/4 teaspoon is just enough to give this bread a small kick without overpowering it. Of course, you could always leave it out if you’re worried. Either way, this bread is delicious!