Yes, the title sounds contradictory, but it makes sense, really. I don’t actually fry it until crispy or anything, but rather, heat it up just enough to drain off some of that grease.
Don’t worry. You won’t be draining off all the flavor either. It’s no different than blotting off some of the pools of fat sitting on top of your delivery pizza. Sometimes it’s great, but sometimes, there’s just too much and it pours off. Ew. This is the prevention method for that.
For starters, I pretty much always cut the pepperoni either in half of quarters like above, depending on what I’m using it for. This is especially true when I’m baking with it, so for casseroles, pizza rolls, breads, etc.
Not only does the end product feel like it has more pepperoni and is manageable to eat, but this lets me skip the annoying step of pulling apart each slice. Once cut, you can crumble a pile and they naturally fall apart for the most part.
Then toss in a hot skillet and let them heat until some of the edges start to get translucent. The aim isn’t to cook them, so if any edges start to brown, curl, or get crispy, pull it off the heat. You only want it warm.
Tilt your skillet and you’ll get an image like this:
Last step, let it cool off some and continue draining a bit in some coffee filter. You could use paper towels, too, but that’s more likely to stick and filters fit small cereal bowls more easily anyway.
I have no idea just how much this cuts off the top of the pepperoni, but I do know that it makes me feel way less nauseous after eating way too much pepperoni pizza. :P
Yay for happy birthday pizzas!
The finished product almost actually looks like the uncooked version:
The only real difference is that the B sort of sunk and had some issues being seen. Oops.
And in case you’re the kind of loves stuffed crust pizza, but never make it yourself. It’s super easy. Just spread your dough a little thinner so you have a nice thick crust available. Fold it over sliced mozzarella or pieces of string cheese even. To keep it from popping apart too much, try to tuck it under the cheese as much as possible instead of simply sticking it to the dough in front.
You know Hello Kitty, right? If not, you should probably leave the internet now and never come back. :P
Pretty close, yeah? I used olives for the eyes and whiskers, sesame seeds for the nose, and pepperoni for the bow. Oh right, and a mozzarella cheese base, of course.
The girls had been watching me carefully cut the tortillas and once they finally guessed what I was making, they were so excited. It’s not even that I have any Hello Kitty fans, so much as it was that they loved being able to recognize what I was creating.
They were each slightly different, too. The bows weren’t quite right, so I kept fiddling. Some were fatter, some had higher whispers, etc. Some had funky ears.
Because they’re used to having tomato sauce with pizza-esque items, we had some red Hello Kitties, too, hehe.
I thought it was really funny how they each ate theirs, too. Instead of starting at one point and eating straight through to another (or requesting I cut it into pizza sliced triangles like they usually want), they each eat around the face in one way or another:
When I’d been cutting the tortillas, a couple of them were too kitty like and not cartoon Hello Kitty enough, so I pushed them to the side. With a little altering, though, they were still usable. My little sister came through and turned them into Pretty Kitties instead:
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