Friday, May 15, 2009

Foodie Friday... Pepperoni Rolls

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The Pepperoni Roll originated in my home town many years ago and we love them...
This has to be on of my favorites EVER... the Pepperoni Roll. Fresh bread with lots of pepperoni baked in the center, then lots of hot peppers and sauce and lots of mozzarella cheese. Toasted in the oven ...YUM...YUM...
Here is a little history I got from Wikipedia:
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 typically little known elsewhere, it is arguably the food most closely associated with the state (a competitor for this distinction is the ramp). The birthplace of the pepperoni roll is the Country Club Bakery in Fairmont, West Virginia. The pepperoni roll was invented by Giuseppe "Joseph" Argiro at the Country Club Bakery in Fairmont in 1927. Still one of the top pepperoni-roll makers in Fairmont today, some argue that it was not invented until the 1940s, but no one disputes that they originated at the Country Club Bakery. Fairmont, West Virginia, claims the title of 'Pepperoni Roll Capital of the World. [1]
The classic pepperoni roll consists of a fairly soft white yeast bread roll with pepperoni baked in the middle. The pepperoni can take several forms: a single stick; several folded slices; or shredded or ground meat. During baking, spicy oil from the pepperoni suffuses the bread. Most people prefer the rolls to be moist but not soggy; thus, the texture of the bread is an important factor in the rolls' quality.[citation needed] A typical pepperoni roll weighs about three ounces, eaten as a snack or as the main dish of a lunch. Pepperoni rolls are eaten either unheated, if not then warmed slightly in an oven or microwave.
Some variations on the original pepperoni roll contain cheese and/or green peppers in tomato sauce. In 2005, a pizzeria in Chesapeake, Ohio (directly across the Ohio River from Huntington, West Virginia) introduced a deep-fried pepperoni roll, dubbed the 'pepperoni zinger.' [2]
The rolls originated as a lunch option for 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.[citation needed]
Although recipes for homemade pepperoni rolls are available, most West Virginians buy the rolls in shops. Most commercially available pepperoni rolls are made within the state by small, family-owned Italian-American bakeries. The rolls can be found in virtually every grocery and convenience store in West Virginia. Churches and schools in the state sometimes have pepperoni roll sales to raise funds.
Although they have recently become better known in the wider U.S., for a long time pepperoni rolls were seldom, if ever, seen for sale outside West Virginia. This led to the development of an urban legend among West Virginians stating that the rolls could not be sold in other states because of regulations banning the sale of meat baked into bread.
Pepperoni rolls did face a legal challenge in 1987 when the United States Department of Agriculture proposed re-classifying bakeries that made the rolls as meat-packing plants, thus making them subject to stricter regulations. The bakery owners claimed that the costs of meeting the new regulations would put them out of business. The USDA's proposal was quashed after Jay Rockefeller, U.S. Senator for West Virginia, intervened.[3]
In the early 21st century, the U.S. military began including a version of the pepperoni roll in one of the MREs (Meals, Ready-to-Eat) provided to troops. The military's rolls are made by a North Carolina company. [4]
Pepperoni rolls caused a goof in the 1998 movie 'Whatever,' [1] which was set in New Jersey but filmed in West Virginia. In one scene set in a convenience store, a pile of pepperoni rolls on the counter gave away the store's true location.
It was recently announced that the pepperoni roll will be featured at the Corrine Kisner Classic, a bi-weekly food festival in Washington, DC.
[edit] References
^ Holley Barker, 'Ohio couple makes new start with Peparoni's Pizzeria', The Herald-Dispatch, January 5, 2006.
^ Jay Rockefeller, 'Letter from Senator Rockefeller', The Pepperoni Roll HomePage
^ Sullivan, Ken (2006). The West Virginia Encyclopedia. West Virginia Humanities Council. ISBN 0-9778498-0-5. pp. 560-561.
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Hope you learned a little about my hometown today ,have a great day. You may want to try this one...


The Quintessential Magpie said...

Oh, my! That looks yummy! Wish I had one right now. A person could dive headfirst into something that good!

Happy FF...


Sheila :-)

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Looks delicious!!!Happy Foodie Friday! Have a great weekend ~ Susan

colleen said...

This is one of my favorite things, but I didn't realize how much I liked them until I couldn't get them. When I went away to Kentucky for college I would call mom and her friend and beg for them to overnight me some...most of the time it worked too. Then other people started wondering what I was eating then they wanted them too, everytime I came home I got handed lots of money and orders to bring them back. :0)~

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