Pepperoni Tequeños: A New Favorite Appetizer?

Move over pigs in a blanket, there is a new party appetizer champion in town.

Tequeños originate in Venezuela, they are great as afternoon snacks, bar food, and as petite appetizers at parties. It’s an easy recipe with a pizza profile because it has pepperoni. Just wrap everything in an egg roll wrapper and you’ve got Pepperoni Tequeños!

What you need for Pepperoni Tequeños

  • Egg roll wrappers (12)
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3.5-oz package pepperoni slices
  • 12-oz package mozzarella cheese sticks
  • Vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup marinara sauce
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • Crushed red pepper flakes

Pepperoni Tequeños

Preparation and Cooking

Brush the egg roll wrappers with the beaten egg. Sprinkle with a little of the Parmesan cheese.

Place 4 pieces of pepperoni in the center of each wrapper on the diagonal; tops with a mozzarella cheese stick.

Fold the outer corners of the wrapper over the ends of the cheese stick; fold one side of the remaining egg roll wrapper to the center over the cheese stick.

Roll to the opposite side & press the corner tightly to seal.

Pour the oil to a depth of 1 1/2 inches in a 3 1/2-quart saucepan & heat to 350 degrees.

Attach a candy thermometer to the side of the pan to monitor the temperature.

Fry the tequeños, in batches, 3 to 4 minutes or until golden brown. Allow the temperature to return to 350 degrees between batches.

Let stand on a wire rack over paper towels. Stir together the marinara sauce & the basil. Garnish, if desired.

Pepperoni Tequeños

And finally, the fun part, take a bite!

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