Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Gluten Free Pepperoni Rolls

I love pepperoni rolls.  There is a certain type of pepperoni roll that you can get in nearly every store in West Virginia, but nowhere else in the united states.  I love the taste of them and so does Shawn.  I tried and tried to make them exactly like the West Virginia pepperoni rolls but haven't got it perfected yet so here is a creation of my own.  More pepperoni and cheese than the West Virginia variety and less bread.

These are soooo delicious!!

This is the recipe:

1/4 cup Soy Flour
1/4 cup Potato Flour
1/2 cup Brown Rice Flour
1/4 cup Sweet White Sorghum Flour
1/4 cup Quinoa Flour
1/2 tsp salt
3 tsp Xanthan Gum
2 tsp baking powder
3 tbsp sugar
1/4 cup Crisco vegetable oil
5 eggs
1/2 cup water
Potato Starch (for rolling it out)
Hormel pepperoni slices (Hormel pepperoni is gluten free)
Shredded Italian blend or mozzarella cheese

I start by putting all the dry ingredients into my Sunbeam 2348 Mixmaster Stand mixer with dough hooks attached.  Let run on a low speed until thoroughly mixed (I usually turn the mixture with a spatula a few times.)

Meanwhile I crack open the eggs into a separate bowl and remove any shells and the little white chicken embryos. (if you remember, those just gross me out).

Once the dry ingredients are thoroughly blended together, shut the mixer off and tilt the mixer out of the bowl. Make a well in the flour, not touching the bottom of the bowl but deep enough to hold the liquid ingredients and eggs.  My mixer, the Sunbeam 2348 Mixmaster Stand mixer has adjustable bowl settings so I set it to center of the bowl to start.  Dump into the well, the eggs and the 1/4 cup oil.  Start the mixer on slow and allow it to mix for a bit.  Keep an eye on it and slowly change the bowl settings, gradually allowing the dough hooks to pull in small amounts of flour from the sides of the well. (this takes awhile).  Watch it closely. When it has become clear to you that the dough hooks have stopped mixing in the dry ingredients (it will become crumbly) begin slowly adding the water, about a tablespoon at a time, until the dough forms back into a ball , you may not need all of the water.  Continue to run your mixer kneading the dough while you prepare your workspace.

I sprinkle out a pile of potato starch in the center of my counter.  Take half the dough ball from the mixer and smash it down with the palm of your hand into the pile of potato starch.  Flip it over and do it again.  Now the dough should be less sticky to your hands.  Flip it over again and begin rolling out the dough to the desired thickness (approx.  between 1/8  inch and 1/4 inch).

I use a large plastic drinking glass to cut the dough into 3" to 4" circles.  Lift the circles out and stack by the side while repeating with the remainder of the dough.  Take each circle (I do 4 at a time) and roll them again  into oblong football shapes approximately 6" long and 1/8 inch thick.  

Place the pepperoni slices (about 5 or 6) on the football shaped dough, single layered and slightly overlapping each other. (leave room around the outside edge for sealing the dough together.  Sprinkle with cheese.  

Grasp the end of one of the football shaped and pepperoni and cheese covered pieces and roll them up.  When reaching the end of the roll, wet the edges with a wet finger.  Seal the ends with a wet finger also and pinch together.   Repeat with all the dough circles.

Bake at 350 degrees on a greased cookie sheet for 15 to 30 minutes.  Keep a close eye on them to make sure you don't burn them.    Enjoy!


  1. Try sprinkling the tops with some cheese too. I tried this and it added that nice pizza crust with burnt cheese flavor. =D

  2. Lovely pepperoni rolls! They are so cute and also they are so easy to make! Nice idea you have here.


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