Pizzaiolo Pepperoni Recipe

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Pizzaiolo Pepperoni

Craving a classic pizza that delivers on both simplicity and flavor? Look no further than the iconic pizzaiolo pepperoni! But have you ever considered taking your love for this timeless dish a step further? Today, we’re venturing beyond the ordinary with a recipe that pays homage to the Italian art of pizza making.

What Is Pizzaiolo Pepperoni?

“Pizzaiolo pepperoni” typically refers to a type of pepperoni specifically designed or preferred for use on pizzas. It’s often sliced thinly, has a slightly spicy flavor, and typically curls up when cooked, which allows the edges to crisp and become somewhat charred, adding to its appeal on pizzas. 

Ingredients:

For The Chicken:

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For The Sauce:

  • 2 ounces pepperoni, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 28 ounces crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
  • For Garnish (Optional):
  • Freshly chopped parsley

Instructions:

  1. Prep The Chicken: Using paper towel, pat the chicken breast dry. Season them generously with Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  2. Sear The Chicken: Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken breasts and simmer for 3–4 minutes per side or till it turns golden brown and cooked through. Take the chicken out and place on a plate.
  3. Sauté The Pepperoni And Garlic: Add the chopped pepperoni and minced garlic to the skillet used for cooking the chicken. Simmer for about 30 seconds, stirring frequently, until the pepperoni releases its oils and becomes fragrant.
  4. Build The Sauce: Add the crushed tomatoes, Italian seasoning, and salt to the pan with the pepperoni and garlic. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld.
  5. Enrich The Sauce: Stir in the heavy cream and Parmesan cheese. Let the sauce simmer for another minute or two until slightly thickened.
  6. Assemble The Dish: Return the chicken breasts to the pan with the sauce. Using a spoon, pour the sauce over the chicken to coat it evenly. Top with the shredded mozzarella cheese.
  7. Melt The Cheese: Cover the pan and simmer for 2-3 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  8. Serve And Garnish: Turn off the heat and transfer the Chicken Pizzaiola to plates. Serve right away after adding an optional garnish of finely chopped parsley.

Tips:

  • Thicken The Sauce: If your sauce seems too thin, simmer it for a few extra minutes or add a teaspoon of cornstarch mixed with a tablespoon of water to create a slurry. Stir the slurry into the sauce and cook until thickened.
  • Use Different Cheeses: While mozzarella is traditional, you can experiment with various cheeses such as provolone, fontina, or a combination to create a unique flavor profile.
  • Spice It Up: To add spice, season the sauce with red pepper flakes.   
  • Chicken Alternatives: Thinly sliced pork or veal cutlets can be substituted for the chicken breasts.
  • Serve With Sides: Chicken Pizzaiola pairs well with pasta, mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, or a simple green salad.

What To Serve With

Classic Italian Salad:

  • Both good options are a Caprese salad (tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil drizzled with balsamic glaze) or a plain green salad with a mild vinaigrette. This offers a refreshing counterpoint to the pizza’s richness.

Garlic Bread Or Breadsticks:

  • Serve warm, garlic-infused bread or breadsticks. These are great for mopping up any extra sauce or cheese from the pizza and adding a satisfying carb element to the meal.

Antipasto Platter:

  • Create a spread of Italian antipasti such as olives, cured meats (other than pepperoni), marinated vegetables (like artichokes or roasted peppers), and cheeses like provolone or aged Parmesan. This option offers variety and allows guests to nibble while enjoying the pizza.

Roasted Vegetables:

  • Roasted vegetables like bell peppers, eggplant, zucchini, or cherry tomatoes complement the pizza flavors while adding a healthy touch. They can be served either warm or at at room temperature.

Soup Or Minestrone:

  • A hearty soup like tomato basil or a traditional minestrone makes a comforting starter that doesn’t overwhelm the flavors of the pizza. It’s particularly suitable for cooler weather or as a cozy addition to a meal.

Fruit Platter Or Fruit Salad:

  • Refreshing and colorful, a fruit platter with fresh seasonal fruits or a mixed fruit salad makes a light and healthy dessert or palate cleanser after enjoying the savory pizza.

Italian Desserts:

  • Conclude the meal with classic Italian desserts such as tiramisu, cannoli, or panna cotta. These creamy, rich, and satisfying desserts provide a sweet end note to the meal.

Wine Or Beverages:

  • Pair the meal with a light Italian wine such as Chianti or Pinot Grigio, or offer non-alcoholic options like sparkling water with lemon or Italian sodas for a festive touch.

Health Benefits

  • Protein Source: Pepperoni, including pizzaiolo pepperoni, is made from cured pork and beef. It’s a protein source for muscle repair, growth, and overall body function.
  • Vitamins and Minerals: Although not a significant source, pepperoni does contain some essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B12, zinc, and iron. These nutrients play roles in the body’s energy metabolism, immune function, and oxygen transport.
  • Flavor Enhancement: Pizzaiolo pepperoni adds a bold, savory flavor to pizzas, which can make them more satisfying. This can potentially help in reducing overall calorie intake by increasing satiety.
  • Lycopene Content: Some pepperoni varieties may contain tomatoes or tomato products, which can contribute to the lycopene content. Lycopene is an antioxidant that have health benefits, such as reducing the risk of certain cancers and improving heart health.
  • Enjoyment and Social Benefits: While not a direct health benefit, enjoying food with others and satisfying cravings can contribute to overall well-being and mental health.

Final Thoughts

crafting a pizzaiolo pepperoni is a rewarding experience. It lets you appreciate the simple yet powerful combination of a well-made dough, tangy sauce, gooey cheese, and savory pepperoni. With some practice and these helpful tips, you’ll be whipping up pizzeria-worthy pizzas in no time.

Pizzaiolo Pepperoni

Rating: 5.0/5
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Serves: 4 Prep Time: Cooking Time: Nutrition facts: 170 calories 27 grams fat

Ingredients

For The Chicken:

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For The Sauce:

  • 2 ounces pepperoni, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 28 ounces crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
  • For Garnish (Optional):
  • Freshly chopped parsley

Instructions

  1. Prep The Chicken: Using paper towel, pat the chicken breast dry. Season them generously with Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  2. Sear The Chicken: Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken breasts and simmer for 3–4 minutes per side or till it turns golden brown and cooked through. Take the chicken out and place on a plate.
  3. Sauté The Pepperoni And Garlic: Add the chopped pepperoni and minced garlic to the skillet used for cooking the chicken. Simmer for about 30 seconds, stirring frequently, until the pepperoni releases its oils and becomes fragrant.
  4. Build The Sauce: Add the crushed tomatoes, Italian seasoning, and salt to the pan with the pepperoni and garlic. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld.
  5. Enrich The Sauce: Stir in the heavy cream and Parmesan cheese. Let the sauce simmer for another minute or two until slightly thickened.
  6. Assemble The Dish: Return the chicken breasts to the pan with the sauce. Using a spoon, pour the sauce over the chicken to coat it evenly. Top with the shredded mozzarella cheese.
  7. Melt The Cheese: Cover the pan and simmer for 2-3 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  8. Serve And Garnish: Turn off the heat and transfer the Chicken Pizzaiola to plates. Serve right away after adding an optional garnish of finely chopped parsley.

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