Pepperoni Pizza

Happy National Pepperoni Pizza Day! 

Did you know, today is the day to appreciate the classical, everyone’s favorite pepperoni pizza!!


Pepperoni pizza is my husband’s favorite food. A whole pizza is good enough for our single meal to share, but because he loves them so much, we now share it like ⅓ or sometimes ¼ for me, the rest is for him. (Isn’t it unfair? I think I deserve a good portion of ice cream for dessert, all by myself.)


One day, we were discussing making pizza from scratch on the way to Trader Joe’s. I was excited to make it from scratch and wondered what toppings should I put. But right after we arrived there, he disappeared somewhere. After a few minutes, he found me and asked where the log version of salami was. I was shocked because he is the one who started our vegetarian diet and was strict about it. But well, sometimes we crave for a specific food and the time is perfect to celebrate National Pepperoni Pizza Day, so here it is to celebrate one of the most admirable food holidays!  


Ready to check how to cook? Here we go!


<Today’s Recipe>

Pepperoni Pizza

pepperoni pizza



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  • Some mozzarella cheese
  • Some pepperoni/salami



  1. Get 1 teaspoon water from 70cc water and pour it over yeast. Mix well.
  2. Combine all other ingredients for dough and mix well to make a big ball. Knead for about 15 min.
  3. When the dough is a silky big ball, transfer them in a warm place to make them rise, for about 30 min. (I put the dough in a plastic container and float it over warm water to make an easier rise. )
  4. Prepare the sauce. Pour olive oil in a pan and add garlic. Bring it to medium heat and slowly infuse the aroma of garlic into olive oil. Carefully empty out the tomato can, add basil and cook for about 10 min. Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat.
  5. When the dough rises, gently squeeze them. Make a ball once again and let it sit for about 20 min.
  6. Preheat an oven to 425F°
  7. Spread the dough using a rolling pin or simply pull the dough to make it round.
  8. Spread sauce, place cheese and salami.
  9. Bake it in the oven for about 15 min. Enjoy!


<Cooking Tips>

Be creative for pepperoni toppings or make sure your knife works just fine when slicing pepperoni(In case you chose log version of salami) or cutting pizza(For those who has pizza cutter, I’m jealous!) Otherwise you’ll have a small fight, possibly ensuing about a whole day about who got more salami;)

pepperoni pizza

Mmm, melted cheese with spicy juicy salami takes us to a dream world! Crispy yet soft crust gives a nice texture while chewing, and savory mellow tomato sauce, cheese, salami are simple yet golden combinations to enjoy pizza!

Trust me, making pizza from scratch is not bad at all. If you make it on your own, you’ll think about buying special flour exclusively for pizza, or a wood fired oven, and eventually opening a pizza parlor after retiring (we did, actually. Thinking about topping combinations was fun too!)


Message to Trader Joe’s Crew in my neighbor: 

Why did you change the location of the log of salami from the chilled section to right next to pet food? My husband and I needed to read the package to make sure it’s for human!!😂


<Other Pizza Ideas for Your Pizza Day>

For vegetable lovers! Grilled Veggie Pizza

grilled veggie pizza

For corn lovers! Cream Cheese Corn Pizza

creamy cheese corn pizza

Mayo on pizza is especially popular among Asian cuisine.  Corn and Chickpea Mayo Pizza

corn and chickpea mayo pizza

Enjoy cooking and your own creation of homemade food:)

7 Comments Add yours

  1. johnrieber says:

    I love this! Homemade pizza is so much fun to make, and the crust is just a vessel for whatever goodness you want – sauce, cheese and toppings can be tweaked for whatever mood you are in – thanks for sharing this!

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Hi John! Thank you so much for the kind words✨ Have a wonderful day dear☀️💕✨


  2. Livia says:

    My family loves pizza and we only prepare it at home. There’s nothing more delicious than homemade pizza! 😋 (especially because you can decide how much cheese you put on it 😋)

    Your recipe reminds me of when I spent some time in the US many years ago. 😆
    There’s only one thing that I don’t want to have on my pizza. Guess what? Yes, it’s pepperoni (salami). 😉
    Unfortunately, bell peppers are called “Peperoni” in Switzerland so when my US friend asked me, if I would want share a pepperoni pizza with her, I was excited because I love bell peppers.
    My excitement immediately vanished when I opened the pizza carton. 😉

    Thanks for sharing this recipe and bringing back memories 😆👍

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    1. Tanooki says:

      OMG that’s hilarious!!😂😂😂 I never knew pepperoni means bell peppers in Switzerland.

      Watch out, never say “Do you want to eat pepperoni pizza?” to Japanese kids…bell peppers are one of the most unpopular veg for them😂 I can imagine kids seeing pizza with only bell peppers on it😵‍💫🫑😂🫑

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      1. Livia says:

        😆 Well, I’ve never seen a pizza with only bell peppers on it, either 😆😆 but since I like them very much and at that time, I had already met some foods in the US that were quite strange to me, I didn’t think any further 😆

        Very interesting fact about Japan! I didn’t know that, but I think a lot of people don’t like bell peppers that much. Thank you for sharing 🙏😊 and have a great Sunday 😊👍

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  3. Kitty says:

    Love homemade pizza. Usually I use part durum part ap flour but I think next time I’ll try your version. Could be fun 😊

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Tanooki says:

      Hi Kitty, I researched a little bit beforehand, and found that many recipes use APF so decided to use that. I never seen durum part AP flour (all I see us APF or bread flour😵‍💫) but wanna try it too🙌💕


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