Pepperoni is an Italian-American Invention with Wine Pairing Potential

Mar 19, 2020 135


Beloved on pizzas across the U.S., pepperoni is an Italian-American invention. The peppery, cured, air-dried sausage, i.e. salami, is softer and finer-grained than the spicy salame of Italy (where ordering peperoni will get you bell peppers on your pizza).

Americans eat more than 250 million pounds of it per year, most of which is probably on pizza, but it’s delicious anywhere you might use bacon or salami. Try adding it to a grilled cheese or piled onto a “PLT” sandwich, layered in lasagna or mac and cheese, diced into salads or served on charcuterie and cheese plates.

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