Pepperoni Rolls: West Virginia’s Official Food, Not a Hot Pocket

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Em Carpenter

Em was one of those argumentative children who was sarcastically encouraged to become a lawyer, so she did. She is a proud life-long West Virginian, and, paradoxically, a liberal. In addition to writing about society, politics and culture, she enjoys cooking, podcasts, reading, and pretending to be a runner. She will correct your grammar. You can find her on Twitter.

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  1. Christopher Bradley Christopher Bradley
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    Sheetz has a perfectly serviceable version of the pepperoni roll–excuse me while I duck to avoid Em’s incoming swing.Report

  2. Avatar Kristin Devine
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    “It is not a damned Hot Pocket, Tod!” I love it! I enjoyed this whole piece enormously!Report

  3. Avatar jason
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    “It’s not a Hot Pocket!”
    Isn’t it though?

    Damn, it does look good. We’ve made pepperoni quesadillas before and they’re the bomb. Use the broiler until the pepperoni grease starts to flow and the pieces get a little bit crisp.Report

  4. Avatar Burt Likko
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    Is it acceptable to DIP the roll in some kind of sauce? If so, must it be a marinara-with-ground-pepperoni sauce?Report

  5. Avatar gabriel conroy
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    I would *love* to try a pepperoni roll someday. As I imagine it, I would like sliced pepperoni with cheese. I’d also want to add, say, onions and black olives (maybe that makes it an almost stromboli or calzone?….I apologize for not knowing the difference.)Report

  6. Avatar DW Dalrymple
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    Both my girls ate pepperoni rolls in their lunch all the time growing up. We kept them around the house pretty much all the time back then. Now they are just a special treat. Sometimes homemade, sometimes store bought. Wife makes them for road trips. Every Myrtle Beach 12 hr odyssey was fueled by her pepperoni rolls. Great piece Em.Report

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