I like Thanksgiving because it is just about family… no pressure on gifts… just being with family and friends. It can’t get much better than that in my opinion. *** Here it is Tuesday already. The day begins with allowing the bread to rise before I transform it in to a favorite food of our children. Pepperoni Rolls. Today’s weather is to be in the high 60’s so the bread will quickly rise. We will be making these little gems to be eaten just out of the oven and more to send back with the children.
What better thing can there be but having fresh baked bread from the oven? The smells that permeate the home is fabulous. *** The term "pepperoni roll" is also used in some parts of the U.S. to refer to a stromboli made with pepperoni.
************* The great thing about the Pepperoni Roll is that they DO NOT have to be refrigerated and can be enjoyed anywhere you go! They are great for camping, school lunches for the kids, a day at the beach, traveling, or tailgating to name a few.
The pepperoni roll is a snack popular in West Virginia and some nearby regions of the Appalachian Mountains. Ubiquitous in West Virginia (particularly in convenience stores), but traditionally little known elsewhere, it is arguably the food most closely associated with the state (a competitor for this distinction is the ramp). Fairmont, West Virginia, claims the title of ‘Pepperoni Roll Capital of the World.'
A popular legend holds that the pepperoni roll was invented in the 1920s by Giuseppe Argiro, owner of the Country Club Bakery in Fairmont. Some historians have disputed this claim. However, it seems highly likely that the dish originated among the coal miners of north-central West Virginia in the first half of the twentieth century. The pepperoni roll bears a resemblance to the pasty and sausage roll, which originated in the mining communities of Great Britain, as well as to the Italian calzone. All these foods allow a miner on a break from a tiring and dirty job to eat a full meal with a minimum of fuss. Pepperoni and other Italian foods became popular in north-central West Virginia in the early 20th century, when the booming mines and railroads attracted many immigrants from Italy.