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Best pepperoni roll ever

Best Pepperoni Roll (It’s easy, too!)

Best pepperoni roll ever

Photo credit: Hannah Phillips

Remember I posted a recipe for easy homemade french bread? I use the french bread recipe to make the best pepperoni roll. If you don’t feel like making the dough from scratch, you can use Pillsbury French Bread refrigerated dough in a can. My way is cheaper and probably healthier.

In addition to your dough, all you need is SANDWICH pepperoni and provolone cheese. You can use any meat, veggie and cheese combo you like. I found that the provolone was less gooey than mozzarella, but I substitute or mix them depending on what I have on hand.

Once the dough is kneaded and divided in half, roll one at a time into a rectangle that isn’t longer than your cookie sheet.

Layer 3-4 slices of cheese, then 8-10 slices of pepperoni. I generally do 3 layers of cheese and 2 layers of pepperoni. Cheese first and last.

Next pull the broad sides together and pinch together being careful not to rip. Pinch the ends closed and flip seam side down onto the lightly oiled (I use olive oil) cookie sheet.

Make 3-4 slices across the top of the dough to vent steam. Then repeat the whole process with your second half of dough.

Preheat the oven to 450°. While the oven is preheating, the dough rises slightly. You can let it rise a little longer but I wouldn’t go more than 30 minutes. This just gives you a puffier roll out of the oven.

Bake for 15 minutes. At about the 10 minute mark, I spread the top of each loaf with butter for a nice golden brown color then return to the oven for 5 minutes. It also makes the crust a little less dry but this step is optional.

This is an easy meal for a busy night or a quick lunch for a big crowd of kids. Start to finish, I can bang these out pretty quickly because I’m so used to making the bread dough. If you use the refrigerated dough, I think you unroll it from the can and it’s already the shape of a rectangle. Naturally, this would be quicker with less cleanup.


Aldi Chili Recipe

Easy Crockpot Chili

This Chili is Perfect for a Busy Day or a Big Crowd

I’ve posted about my love for Aldi before. I am so brainwashed that I’ve walked out of our local grocery chain in disgust because I didn’t want to spend an extra $.49 for a bag of noodles.

Here’s a quick dump recipe that costs around $10 with plenty of leftovers for a busy day or a big crowd. I browned the ground beef and threw it all in a crock pot. You could also let it simmer on the stove for a couple of hours.

2-2.5 lb ground beef, browned (2.39/lb)

1 can Fire Roasted tomatoes (.89) (This is occasionally available, stock up if you like them)

1 can diced tomatoes with green chilis (Aldi’s version of Ro-tel) (.59)

3 sm cans tom sauce (that’s what they had on hand) (.75)

1 can of chili flavored beans (.59)

1 can of kidney beans (.59)

2 tsp of chipotle chili powder (I didn’t get this at Aldi but Aldi does carry chili seasoning packets or you can use your favorite chili powder to taste)

Stir it up and cook it on low in a crockpot or simmer on low on the stove top for a couple of hours.

Quick and satisfying chili recipe

Aldi Chili

If you prefer less kick, leave out the tomatoes with green chilies.


Linking up over at The Shabby Nest and The Thrifty Groove……it’s been a while. Go be inspired.

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