+
Home Cooking

Pepperoni Balls in Erie PA - Recipe?

kevincox | Sep 18, 201409:48 AM     19

The amazing thing about the internet is that a question asked 12 years ago on the Chowhound board is still a point of discussion today. As such, the question of How to Make Pepperoni Balls the way they used to be made in Erie PA continues. I've read the years of comments about pep balls in Erie, Pa and I have to say that I was one of the people who made these wondrous treats -- in 1980 I worked at Cassano's Pizza King in the Millcreek Mall. One of the more popular items we made, in addition to great pizza, was pep balls. They were so good that when I went to college I seriously considered starting an on-campus pep ball joint. (regrettably, too much partying back then thwarted my dream....). Anyway, contrary to what some believe, pepperoni balls made the Erie PA way were definitively BAKED, not deep fried. We took the dough and stuffed pep and a little provolone insideand slid them into the pizza ovens. Sometimes, if ordered, we would also add pizza sauce, but not too much. Unfortunately, over the years I have killed too many brain cells to actually remember exactly how we rolled them into the round, slightly larger than golf ball shapes. I tried to re-create them today but they did not come out uniformly like I used to make them. Tragic, because I used to make DAMN GOOD pep balls -- and now I can barely recall how I did it! So if anyone out there recalls an actual technique for rolling them into balls, let me know. The key was to have an equal thickness of dough surrounding the interior stuffing. Folding the dough results in too thick a base below the stuffing. Also they need to be round. Just. Can't. Recall.
Anyone???

kevinfcox@me.com
http://foodwalkers.com

Want to stay up to date with this post? Sign Up Now ›

Discussion Summary

Invite a friend to chime in on this discussion.

Email a Friend
Mojo Magic: The Best Cuban Pork (& Cubano Sandwiches) You'll Ever Eat
How To

Mojo Magic: The Best Cuban Pork (& Cubano Sandwiches) You'll Ever Eat

by Arturo Rojas | A great Cubano depends on great pork, and this Cuban pork recipe is just as perfect on its own as...

Liven Up Your Labor Day Veggie Tray with These Unique Dips
Recipe Round-Ups

Liven Up Your Labor Day Veggie Tray with These Unique Dips

by Jen Wheeler | There is absolutely nothing wrong with hummus, guacamole, or even a good store-bought dip (looking...

15 Make-Ahead Labor Day Recipes from Dips to Dessert
Recipe Round-Ups

15 Make-Ahead Labor Day Recipes from Dips to Dessert

by Chowhound Editors | Make-ahead Labor Day recipes ensure that you get to enjoy the party along with everyone else—and that...

15 Labor Day Party Tips to Maximize Fun & Minimize Stress
Entertaining

15 Labor Day Party Tips to Maximize Fun & Minimize Stress

by Jody Eddy | Labor Day is the holiday that brings the long hot days of summer to a close. Say farewell to the season...

Trending Discussions

2

Bread Spread

Updated 1 day ago 8 comments
4

Counterintuitive Pleasures

Updated 5 hours ago 26 comments

Get fresh food news delivered to your inbox

Sign up for our newsletter to receive the latest tips, tricks, recipes and more, sent twice a week.