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How Pepperoni Became The Most Iconic Pizza Topping

The doorbell rings and you scramble to find your pants before greeting the pizza delivery guy. As you fumble for your wallet, you can already smell the heavenly aroma of your cheesy pepperoni-topped pizza.

Why pepperoni?

There are dozens of different things pizza lovers can top their pies with, anchovies being our top pick. Have you every wondered, though, why pepperoni is such an iconic topping that it’s featured in practically every reference to the Italian dish here in American culture?

According to the Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink, pepperoni was popularized when it arrived in America with Italian immigrants.

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In the 1900s, pizzerias in New York found that customers would enjoy the combination of pepperoni and cheese the most. The two ingredients went together like lamb and tuna fish.

Cured salami was a mixture of meat and fat that was finely chopped and mixed with peppers and spices. Rolled into a pig casing, the pepperoni was air dried for up to ten months at a time before it was ready for consumption.

Over the last century, advances in science found ways to cheat the months-long pepperoni curing process to produce the meat in a matter of hours. This allowed companies to mass produce the popular topping to meet the demands of pepperoni-loving Americans.

Pepperoni consequently became so popular that brands would make “healthier” variations for customers to buy made from both turkey and soy.

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Fast forward a century later and pepperoni is still the veritable champ of pizza toppings, reigning over nearly every pizza topping list. It could be a millennia before another ingredient comes along to claim that title, but today, pepperoni remains the people’s choice.

After anchovies, of course.

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For $10,000, You Can Own A Bikini Made Entirely Of Pizza

Ever want to rock an outfit made entirely of pizza? Now that it’s summer, you’re going to want to hit the beach and strut your stuff. And what better way to grab someone’s attention than to wear a bikini made entirely of pizza?

DesignTaxi reports, in honor of National Bikini Day, Villa Italian Kitchen teamed up with renowned food stylist Jessie Bearden to create what’s referred to as the “Pizza-Kini.” Whether you’re a guy or gal, this is sure to turn some heads.

The swimsuit is supposed to be form-fitting and made from homemade dough, whole milk mozzarella cheese, sauce made from California tomatoes, and good old reliable pepperoni. The only downside to this novelty two-piece, however, is the $10,000 price tag, which is due in part to the exclusivity of the item and the fact that it’s designed by Bearden himself.

If you do have the spare dough and want to rock a pizza to the beach, you can find out more about the Pizza-Kini here. Boy do I have to hit the gym.

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Cravings Culture Video

This Pizza Baklava May Have Just Become Our Summer Romance

The minute celebrity chef Josh Elkin left Canada and moved to Los Angeles, he’s been firing on all cylinders when it comes to dope recipes.

The former Prime Minister of Poutine is considered a jack of many trades. He can cook, he can rap, he’s romantic, and he can style hair better than most people we’ve met.

In his latest video, Elkin creates an amalgam of Italy and the Middle East in the form of this wonderful Pizza Baklava.

Baklava is a Middle Eastern dessert made from phyllo dough that’s layered together meticulously with chopped nuts and honey. Pizza, as we all know, originates from Italy and is life.

We don’t say this lightly, but we might be in love.

Check out the video to see how you can make this insane item from the comforts of your very own home. Because it’s part pizza, feel free to get creative with your toppings.

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Fast Food What's New

Arby’s Is Now Selling PIZZA… Sliders

Arby’s has been knocking it out of the park as of late with their limited-time menu offerings. The Venison Burger saw two different launches recently and both flew off the restaurant’s countertops faster than a deer lost in a campsite.

The sandwich chain’s newest item, believer it or not, is pizza.

No, Arby’s didn’t suddenly become a pizza chain over night. Rather, the company has released a new Pizza Slider. The new item features pepperoni, salami, melted provolone cheese, and a roasted garlic marinara sauce on a slider bun.

The new slider will be available at participating Arby’s locations through the end of June. It will join the ranks of Arby’s slider lineup which includes: Ham ‘n Cheese Sliders, Roast Beef ‘n Cheese, Buffalo Chicken, and Turkey ‘n Cheese.

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Cravings Culture Video

Irish People Try Different American Pizzas For The First Time

As tragic as it sounds, we can’t remember the first time we ever tried pizza. Sure, we remember the best pizza we’ve had in our lives, but that first experience will forever be lost in the annals of history. Pizza is just one of those foods that have always been around.

We take the Italian dish for granted here, not knowing there’s tons of people in the world that haven’t had the chance to try all the different beautiful styles of pizza the United States has to offer.

In Facts’ latest video, a panel of Irish folks are given four different styles of pizza served throughout the continental United States. Pizza variations include New York Style, Chicago Style, California Style, and Detroit Style.

What a wonderful job it must be to gorge on pizza in front of a camera.

They stress numerous times that the Chicago Pizza tried isn’t the traditional deep-dish, however. Guess you can’t really replicate the beauty of a deep-dish pizza in a studio.

Check out these first experiences in the video above

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Recipes

How To Make Deep Fried Pepperoni & Cheese Bites For The Perfect Game Day Snack

Our buddy Nick Chipman from Dude Foods has been known to fry up a thing, or two, and as the Super Bowl nears, he pretty much created the ultimate game day snack. Not sure if that was his intention, but I’m sure as hell making this for Super Bowl Sunday.

These Deep Fried Pepperoni-Stuffed Mozzarella bites are so easy to make, they’ll leave you wondering why you didn’t think of it yourself (The quick answer to that is, this dude’s a freakin’ genius).

Chipman stacks a piece of mozzarella cheese on top of a slice of pepperoni, Lunchables style, then proceeds to cover them in flour, egg wash, and panko breadcrumbs, before going straight into the deep fryer.

That’s literally it.

The result is a batch of gooey little pepperoni bites that you’ll demolish before the end of the first commercial break of the game.

I probably won’t wait until the Super Bowl. These things are happening tonight, by any means necessary.

If you think my description was garbage, peep Dude Foods’ complete recipe and upgrade your appetizer game, immediately.

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Cravings Fast Food What's New

Little Caesars Just Launched A Pepperoni Stuffed Crust Deep Dish Pizza

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For those who always wished Little Caesars offered a little more variety, prepare to stuff your faces in even more cheese and pepperoni. That’s because the pizza chain has just released a new Pepperoni Deep! Deep! Crust that’s left our mouths watering.

The new menu item is a Detroit-style deep dish features a cheese pizza that’s topped with pepperoni and stuffed more cheese and pepperoni along the edges.

Definitely could go for some cheesy comfort foods these days.

You can get your hands on the new stuffed crust pizza, which is now available at all participating Little Caesars locations. If you come in between 4pm and 8pm, you can grab the pizza as a Hot-N-Ready item and avoid the tiresome wait. Each cheese and pepperoni-filled pie costs $10 with tax not included.

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Cravings Features Hacks

5 Ways To Reheat Cold Pizza

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Cold pizza is one of the greatest pleasures in the history of mankind. Let’s get that straight and out of the way. There’s nothing like rolling out of bed, opening the fridge, and just devouring a couple leftover slices before officially declaring your body awake. It really does set the tone for the rest of your day.

Now, if you’re one who has to enjoy their pizza hot, there are multiple ways to go about reheating your slice.

Let’s get to it.

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Microwave

The quickest, and laziest way to get that pizza piping hot is to throw it in the microwave for about 30 seconds. However, you’re gonna end up with a soggy crust that’s just underwhelming. Only use this as a last, desperate resort.

Toaster Oven

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An upgrade from the microwave, for sure. Throw your pizza slices in the toaster oven and set it  for about ten minutes. Your crust should be crispy and your cheese slightly melted. We actually like to leave it a little longer so our slice is a tad well done, but to each their own.

Grill

If you have the time to spare, fire up the grill on low to medium heat and throw your pizza slices on top. You can either place it directly on, or lay down some aluminum foil. Close the grill and leave it alone for a few minutes. The pizza should be crispy and cheese runny, with a newfound smokiness to your bite.

Iron & Hair Dryer

If you’re on the road and setting up shop in a hotel room that’s devoid of microwaves, there’s still a way to get that crispy slice. You just have to get a little creative. Turn on the hotel’s iron and set your slice crust down so that it touches the surface of the iron.

Then, take your hairdryer and hold it about six inches from your slice. The iron will get the crust crispy while the hairdryer will get the cheese nice and gooey.

Just make sure to clean up after you’re done. Don’t want to iron your clothes for a business meeting and have it smell like pepperoni and anchovies now… or do you?

Skillet

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This is probably the best way to heat a pizza to get it as close to the original texture of how it came out of the pizza oven. First, heat up a non-stick skillet at medium to low heat and set your slice down for two minutes so that the crust gets crispy. Then, on low heat, take two drops of water and add it to the skillet away from your pizza. Cover your skillet and allow the water to create steam, melting the cheese.

This method, unlike the toaster oven, will get your bottom crust crispy while keeping the edges moist.