Pepperoni, Sausage, Ricotta, and Mozzarella Roll

Aug
22

A couple of days ago, I posted about this delicious meat roll I had eaten for lunch in Morgantown.

Pepperoni, Sausage, Ricotta, and Mozzarella Roll, served with marinara sauce.

It was so good, that despite how tired I was by the time I got home, the first thing I did was make a bowl of dough and attempt to recreate this divine roll. It turned out maybe even more delicious than what I had at the restaurant! Morgan loved it and begged for more. I couldn’t remember the name of the restaurant except that it meant something like “place of friends” in Italian. I spent a little time Googling and found it. The restaurant is on High Street in Morgantown, West Virginia, and it’s called Casa D’Amici. Check out the menu page and the very last item, under Baked Rolls, is the Pepperoni, Sausage, Ricotta, and Mozzarella roll. ($4.25) Notice the other combinations offered: Sausage, Roasted Peppers, and Onions; Pepperoni, Mozzarella, and Onions; Sauteed Broccoli and Mozzarella; Sauteed Spinach and Mozzarella; Chicken Parmesan; and Buffalo Chicken.

If the pepperoni, sausage, ricotta, and mozzarella combination doesn’t rock your world, try one of the others–or make up your own combination! It can all be done using this same basic process.

Of course, they didn’t hand over the recipe, so I had to make it up, but it works! And anyway, the menu titles are fairly self-explanatory, so not pretending to be a genius here. For the dough, I turned to my trusty Grandmother Bread, with oil. I sensed with my mafioso baking radar that the Italian bread used in the roll included oil.

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Dough for the Rolls:

1 1/2 cups warm water
1 teaspoon yeast
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup olive oil
4 cups flour

In a large bowl, combine water, yeast, sugar, and salt. Let sit five minutes. Stir in oil then flour a cup at a time with a heavy spoon. Continue adding flour a little at a time as needed, stirring until dough becomes too stiff to stir easily. Add a little more flour and begin kneading. The amount of flour is approximate–your mileage may vary! Continue adding flour and kneading until the dough is smooth and elastic. Let dough rise in a greased, covered bowl until doubled. (Usually, about an hour.) Uncover bowl; sprinkle in a little more flour and knead again before dividing in half.

Prepare a well-floured surface. Roll half the dough into a 9 x 12 rectangle. Cut into 3-inch sections (from the 12-inch side) to make 4 sections.

Filling:

8 ounces ricotta (or other soft cheese)
6 ounces shredded mozzarella
8 ounces sausage, cooked, crumbled
4 ounces sliced pepperoni

Note: These filling quantities are approximate, depending on how much you want to pile on. You can use more or less of any ingredient and make substitutions at will! Also, I didn’t have any ricotta. I used lactic cheese the first time I made it. The second time, I used fromagina. (Yes, this is so good, I’ve already made it twice since Friday.) For the mozzarella, I used homemade mozzarella.

Using filling ingredients in the order listed, layer them on down the center of the strips.

The first time I tried this, I had some trouble figuring out the twist technique with so much filling and such long strips. By the second time, I’d figured it out. Don’t try to twist the entire strip from one end. Twist half the strip from one end.

Then half the strip from the other end (and push it together in the middle).

Results in a much nicer-looking roll. Transfer to greased baking sheets.

You will have eight rolls. I used two large pizza pans with curved edges, four per pan. The curved edges contain any extra olive oil that may drain off the rolls, preventing oven mess. I don’t recommend using a flat baking sheet.

Topping:

olive oil
coarse ground salt
mixed Italian herbs
crushed red pepper*

*Leave out the crushed red pepper if you don’t like it hot!

Drizzle or brush on olive oil. Sprinkle with salt, herbs, and crushed red pepper, if using. Let rolls rise about 20-30 minutes.

Bake at 375-degrees for approximately 20-25 minutes. Your time will vary depending on the size of your rolls, so keep an eye on ’em. I put both pans in the oven at the same time, one on the top rack, one on the bottom, then switching halfway through the baking time.

Serve with nothing, marinara sauce, pizza sauce, Ranch dressing, or whatever you adore.

These rolls are FABULOUS. Serve as an accompaniment to a meal (cut in half), or a meal unto itself. Make it vegetarian, or vegan, if you like. (For vegans, use soy cheese, or no cheese at all, and a combination of sauteed vegetables.) Thank you, Casa D’Amici (even though you have no idea who I am) for the inspiration!


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Comments

  1. Maribeth says:

    Oh these look so good! Guess what my family will be having tonight for dinner! I love going to the Clarksburg-Fairmont-Morgantown area due to the Italian resturants. They sure know how to cook and so do you Suzanne! Thanks for re-creating this dish.

  2. CindyP says:

    Those look delicious!!

    I like the idea of adding ricotta with mozzarella…many of their pizzas have both. Hmmm…..

  3. Granny Trace says:

    :snoopy: They look amazing. Oh my..Wish I had one right now. How do you do it? Thank goodness you do. Will try these this weekend. My brother is coming into town.
    Granny Trace
    http://www.grannytracescrapsandsquares.com

  4. rurification says:

    Yum! It’s on our menu for this week. Thanks!

  5. rileysmom says:

    Oh count me in!! These look amazing! All my favorite ingredients!! :happyfeet:

  6. alba says:

    OMG when I get my cast off I am so Making this.. :eating: Kneading dough wonders could that be a new exercise if not It should be :dancingmonster:

  7. Butterbean says:

    Oh these are so good, had to try them today, could not wait!!!! I say this everytime, but this is the best recipe that you have posted!! I am thinking of hiding them before hubby gets home, not so sure that I want to share!

  8. Della says:

    :wave: Hi
    I just wanted to thank you for putting pictures with your recipes. I am such a visual person and you make it a breeze to try them and know how they are supposed to look.
    My Mister is going to love this as will I

    Thanks again

  9. Linda Goble says:

    Oh my goodness they look and sound so delicious. I joined weight watchers and I think that will be all my points for the day. :hissyfit: Had to do it for health reasons. So who ever makes it take a big bite from me. it looks so yum yum. :lol:

  10. ReneeBrooks says:

    These look delicious! I will have to definitely try them! My husband is from Lumberport, WV and his mother taught me to make pepperoni rolls….she told me this story about how the coal miners would carry pepperoni rolls down into the mines with them in their (lunch) pails. So I look forward to giving your version a try!!!!

  11. rileysmom says:

    We just finished having these for supper….they smelled so good baking! And they taste as good as they smell! I think we prefer these over the pepperoni rolls.
    My husband thanks you, Suzanne!!

  12. Sonia says:

    Just made them today, and they are absolutely delicious!!! I must say, I think I am drooling at those tantalizing glimpses of that cutting board. Is that an oblong shape?

  13. HobbyHillFarm says:

    Today, I made 3 batches of Mozzarella & 1 batch of Ricotta using the New England Cheese Making kit and fresh cows milk. I had close to 4 gallons of whey left over. I have been thinking about this recipe since last week and also read where you can substitute whey for the water. I tried to roll/twist and finally went with the turnovern look as well as a crescent roll. I also tested a new black & decker convection oven (countertop style). One batch in conventional and one in convection. The whole house had an unbelievable aroma. For those looking to try something new I say its okay to replace the water for whey in your recipe. Nice crust and the dough is so light and fluffy. Wish I had some homemade Marinara to serve with the rolls but its really not needed. Thanks for the recipe Suzanne. Hopefully, you will make this with the whey at the retreat next week. I will be there in spirit!

  14. LaurieJo says:

    Oh my! My college football player DS4 and his team-mate came home for a quick visit before the season starts and I needed a meal that was a hit, both for them and my large high school lineman DS5 and DH. These were an absolute homerun! They loved them with the marinara sauce and with ranch dressing. The dough is easy and quick to come together and could be stuffed with so many combos of things! I think they might make the tailgate menu too!! Thanks for a great recipe. Three cheers for these rolls!!

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