Pepperoni Pizza Toasties

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Today is a very happy day. Why? Because it’s Secret Recipe Club reveal day, woohoo! This month I was assigned Annie’s Noms. Annie is the beautiful lady behind this baking-centric, UK-based blog. Annie lives in the UK with her adorable boyfriend, where they split the kitchen duties: she bakes, he cooks.

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Though Annie successfully obtained a degree in interior design, her heart belongs to baking. She blogs full-time, and has filled her page with insanely scrumptious, delectable baked treats. So of course, contrarian that I am, I had to pick one of the savory recipes on her site.

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These little pepperoni pizzas are simple, familiar (flavor-wise), and yet they couldn’t be more delicious. They are so cute, so easy to eat (maybe too easy!), and surprisingly addictive. Annie originally wrote this recipe for the oven, but I ended up grilling them. It was 78 F and sunny without a cloud in the sky. I mean, really, what choice did I have?

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Either way will work just fine, and I’ll include directions for both methods. Enjoy these, guys! And be sure to check out Annie’s fantastic blog!

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Source: adapted from Annie’s Noms

1 loaf Italian bread, sliced about 1-2 inches thick, on a diagonal (to get more bread surface per toast)
1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
1 tsp dried Italian seasoning
Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
6 oz. melty cheese, such as cheddar, low-moisture mozzarella, or fontina, shredded
About half a package of pepperoni slices

Pour the tomato sauce into a small saucepan. Add the Italian seasoning, plus salt and pepper to taste. Warm on medium-low to low heat. Don’t let it boil, you just want it warm.
OVEN METHOD: preheat your oven to 400 F (or 200 C). Lay the bread slices on a baking sheet (use 2 if necessary). Toast the bread in the oven for just a few minutes; this is just to avoid the bread getting soggy with the toppings.
Remove the bread from the oven and spoon about a tbs of tomato sauce on each toast. Top with a nice pinch of cheese and spread it evenly. Lay 2-3 pepperoni slices per toast on top of the cheese. Bake 7-10 minutes, until the cheese is melted. Remove and serve immediately.
GRILL METHOD: make a 2-zone fire, with one side a bit hotter than the other. Working in batches if necessary, grill the toasts on one side until nicely toasted, about 3 minutes on the hot side. With tongs, remove to a plate, flipping them as you move them, so the toasted side is facing up on the plates. Add the tomato sauce, cheese, and pepperoni as instructed for the oven method. Carefully add them back to the hot zone, for 2-3 minutes. Make sure you’re not burning them. If the cheese has melted, then remove the toasts to a plate. If the cheese isn’t completely melted, then move the toast to the less-hot zone of the grill and leave them there for a few more minutes, until they are nicely melted. Remove to a plate and serve.

23 responses to “Pepperoni Pizza Toasties

  1. So glad you loved these! And I think I’m going to have to try grilling them too, sounds delicious!

    • Texan New Yorker

      So good grilled! Thanks so much for the recipe, I loved getting your blog this month! The cheese is probably a little bit meltier in the oven, but I did love the smoky grill part. 🙂

  2. How fun! These look fabulous!

  3. These look so tasty I want them for breakfast! Yum!

  4. Well aren’t these cute! And so much easier than making pizza!

  5. I love Annie’s blog – so many great recipes! These look irresistible….I am not sure I would share. 🙂

  6. I would absolutely LOVE this for the upcoming weekend while we are watching movies. Great SRC pick!!

    • Texan New Yorker

      Thanks Lisa! Ooohhh, yes, I would love a platter of these for movie night, great idea! Or for a “House of Cards” marathon! 🙂

  7. Yum!! These will be a great addition to the many Football Game parties I host every year!! Great src pick~ Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

  8. i am so craving one of these right now.. they look seriously delicious. love anything pepperoni!

  9. Too late at nite now to make these but I just happen to have all the ingredients in the pantry…..

  10. My family would go nuts for these! I used to make something similar when my kids were younger, but I used English muffins. Toasts are much more sophisticated!

    • Texan New Yorker

      Oh yes – apparently my late grandmother made something really similar with English muffins for her kids! These would be fantastic with English muffins, I’ll have to try that sometime. Thanks Liz! 🙂

  11. Yum! I love your little pizzas!

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