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Today is National Pepperoni Pizza Day, and it’s time to celebrate this beloved classic in style. While the traditional pepperoni pizza is undeniably delicious, why not take this opportunity to get a little creative in the kitchen? Here are a few of our favorite unexpected and mouthwatering recipes that put a unique twist on the iconic pepperoni pizza.
Pepperoni pizza dip
For a crowd-pleasing appetizer, try a pepperoni pizza dip with your favorite chips, crackers, or other dippers. Start by preheating your oven to 350°F. Combine 8 ounces each of softened cream cheese and sour cream until well combined, then spread the mixture into the bottom of a greased 9-inch pie pan.
Sprinkle ¾ cups of shredded mozzarella cheese and ½ cup of shredded parmesan cheese over the cream cheese mixture, then spread 1 ⅓ cups of pizza sauce evenly over the cheese. Spread another ¾ cups of shredded mozzarella cheese and ½ cup of shredded parmesan cheese over the pizza sauce, then evenly top with pepperonis sliced in half. Bake the dip for 20 minutes or until hot and bubbly, then enjoy!
Pepperoni Pizza Stuffed Mushrooms
If you’re a fan of mushrooms on pizza, you’re sure to love these pizza-stuffed mushrooms that can be made with either sliced pepperoni links or quartered pieces of pre-sliced pepperoni. Start by preheating your oven to 250°F, then spray a cast iron skillet with cooking spray and arrange 12 to 15 large stem-removed mushrooms on top of it.
Fill each mushroom with a teaspoon or two of pizza sauce, then top each one with mozzarella cheese and a few of your pepperoni slices. Bake the mushrooms for 15 to 18 minutes or until they begin to turn golden on top, then season with black pepper and garnish with chopped fresh basil.
Pepperoni pizza bombs
For another take on pepperoni pizza, try these pepperoni pizza bombs. First preheat your oven to 375°F, then line a baking sheet with parchment paper and grease it with butter. Cut each biscuit from a 16 ½ oz can of biscuit dough in half, then use your thumb to press each biscuit in half. Place a dollop of pizza sauce, a pepperoni, and a cube of fresh mozzarella cheese in the center of each biscuit round.
Bring the edges of each round up and over, pressing them together and being sure not to leave any gaps for the filling to leak out. Place the dough balls on the prepared baking sheet. In a small bowl, combine melted butter with fresh garlic, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning to taste. Brush each ball of dough gently with the butter mixture, then top with shredded parmesan cheese. Bake the pizza bombs for 15 to 20 minutes or until they’ve nicely browned, then serve with more pizza sauce.
Unique pepperoni pizza toppings
Pepperoni is often served as a solo pizza topping, but it’s also very versatile in combination with other ingredients, such as:
- For a spicy twist to your pepperoni pizza, try adding sliced fresh or pickled jalapeño peppers.
- Pineapple doesn’t only go well with Canadian bacon — try a pepperoni and pineapple pizza.
- Try mixing up your cheeses with goat cheese or ricotta cheese, which both pair excellently with pepperoni.
- Add a fresh pairing with sliced cherry tomatoes or fresh basil.