Why We Love WholeFoods Pepperoni (And You Should, Too)

pepperoni pizza

We had another amazing pizza class this week at the Baking Steel Test Kitchen.  A previous guest booked a private birthday celebration-my kind of party!  My pre-class ritual is to shop at Whole Foods Market in Hingham.  Whole Foods has some shelf-space dedicated to pizza making.  You'll find pre-made pizza dough, shredded cheese, sauce and other various toppings.  I was shopping for toppings this week with Fresh Chef Craig, when we happened on these 3-in diameter, pepperoni slices. We both look at each other and said "Why not? Let's give these a try!"

Unbelievably, the pepperoni was neglected in class.  No one touched it! So, I tucked the leftovers away in the fridge for what I knew would make a great lunch the next day.  Fast forward to the morning after (breakfast pizza again!), I stretched out a dough, shredded a bit of fontina cheese and placed pepperoni slices all over the top.  The oven was pre-heated and the Baking Steel was hot. Right before I launched the pizza, I switched the oven to broil.  Two and a half minutes later, pure bliss!  A word to all future class participants/party-goers, this pepperoni from Whole Foods is killer! Try it-you'll love it!

Out of the oven pepperoni pizza

Pepperoni Pizza Recipe

Ingredients

1 Pizza Dough

3 oz. no cook tomato sauce

3 oz. grated fontina cheese

10 slices of Wholefoods pepperoni slices

1 basil leaf

Procedure

1. Preheat your oven with your Baking Steel on the top rack for 1 hour

2 Let dough sit at room temperature for at least an hour

3 Switch your oven to broil.

5 Stretch out your pizza dough, coat top of dough with tomato sauce, shredded fontina and then distribute pepperoni slices.

6 Launch pizza onto your Baking Steel, cook under the broiler for 1 minute

7 Open oven and give the pizza a 180 spin, and cook for another 60-90 seconds, or until desired color, I love a little char

8 Remove from oven, slice, take your Instagram shot and serve.

side view pepperoni pizza
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