Aunt Julie’s pepperoni bread is one of our go to recipes for game day!
Coming at you today with a recipe refresh! I originally posted the recipe for Aunt Julie’s pepperoni bread back during the playoffs in 2015. You know, the game with the onside kick. That the sportscasters would. Not. Stop. Playing. On. Repeat. (Clearly two and a half years later I’m still not over it. Brandon Bostik).
While my playoff hopes and dreams were crushed that year (and the year after, and the year after that, and had to watch the Packers not be in the Super Bowl on my 30th birthday no less), I’m excited that football season is back! (Even if we haven’t had that strong of a start this season…come on guys.)
Football Sundays are pretty relaxed in our house; ok, they’re down right slothful. I try to spend the mornings getting a few things done around the house: meal prep, laundry, we maybe even head to the gym. But come kickoff around 1pm, you’ll find us on the couch the rest of the day.
The key to our Sunday couch potato lifestyle is definitely not full meals, but instead snacking throughout the day. A full meal takes you off the couch and puts you in the kitchen; making you miss most of the football game in the first place. Snacks on the other hand, preferably presented as a spread on the coffee table and maybe giving the appearance that the snack spread could feed a small army instead of just two people (don’t judge us), require just a little pre-kickoff prep, leaving you all the time in the world to lounge lazily and snack to your heart’s content through the late afternoon. Yes, we are living our best life over here in southwest Charlotte.
Making an appearance in this spread basically always is Aunt Julie’s pepperoni bread. In college, I would always go to my aunt and uncle’s house to watch Packers’ games (we call them Packer Parties!), and pepperoni bread was always on the menu, so of course, I had to continue the Packer party tradition when I moved to Charlotte (although I’m now roped into watching Lions’ games too, so pepperoni bread makes an appearance no matter who’s playing). Pepperoni bread is the perfect thing to make ahead of time and pop in the over whenever you’re ready for it (pregame is ideal so it’s ready by halftime). Pepperoni bread is basically pizza (which I love, who doesn’t) rolled up and baked, and it’s delicious. And to be honest (and not just hyperbolic), I’ve never met someone who didn’t like it; my friend Emily made it for my 30th birthday/Super Bowl party extravaganza and it went like hot cakes. Totally gone in under a minute. (PS: she made it using Aunt Julie’s recipe from this very blog!)
Pepperoni bread gets a spot on our coffee table Sunday afternoons with some combination of the following: roasted jalapeno poppers, beer cheese fondue, hot wings, crock pot buffalo turkey meatballs, guacamole, grilled brie, and Bloody Marys. Of course. Sometimes we eat vegetables too.
So to wish everyone a very happy football season, I give you Aunt Julie’s Pepperoni Bread, again, with updated photos, along with 18 other tailgating recipes from my fellow food bloggers. (Some of these are definitely going to grace our coffee table this weekend, too!)
Chicken Swiss Dip by The Life Jolie
Creamy Pepita Dip by The Mexitalian
Traeger Pulled Pork by Or Whatever You Do
Tricolor Potato Pancakes with Horseradish Cream by A Little Gathering
Slow Cooker Apple Cider Chicken Sliders by Cake ‘n Knife
Baked Brie Crescent Bites by The Culinary Compass
Aunt Julie’s Pepperoni Bread by Off the Eaten Path
Jalapeño Ranch Dip by A Joyfully Mad Kitchen
Corn Dip by Me and My Pink Mixer
Chorizo Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates by Feast + West
Easy Pepperoni Bread by Love Bakes Good Cakes
Bacon Wrapped Cheese Smokies by West Via Midwest
Easy Roasted Veggie Fajitas by Hello Little Home
Pumpkin Pulled Pork Bowls by The Speckled Palate
Caramelized Onion Dip by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Easy Potato Chip Nachos by Honey and Birch
Apple Pie Twists by 2 Cookin Mamas
Buffalo Cauliflower + Blue Cheese Dressing by For the Love of Food
Pigskin Cheeseball by Love & Flour
Go Pack Go!
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- 1 package frozen or refrigerated bread dough
- 1 package pepperoni slices
- 1 package shredded mozzarella cheese
- Crushed red pepper flakes
- Garlic powder
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp water
- Marinara or pizza sauce.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Beat egg with 1 tbsp water to create egg wash.
- Soften package of bread dough according to directions.
- Roll out bread dough into rectangle.
- Brush dough with egg wash.
- Sprinkle with any combination of spices (oregano, basil, red pepper and garlic) to taste.
- Layer pepperoni slices and mozzarella cheese (in alternating layers, I usually do 2 layers of each).
- Roll up from long end (hot dog style if you will).
- Coil in greased, glass pie plate.
- Brush again with egg wash.
- Sprinkle with additional spices, to taste.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes until golden brown.
- Serve with a side of sauce for dipping!!