I was born and raised in Nova Scotia and this is our choice drinking snack when sitting out on a deck at a pub. It is tasty and delightful and pairs so perfectly with many different kinds of beer. This is also a stupid easy recipe to make, and because it is such a local tradition if you aren't from Nova Scotia chances are that you have never had fried pepperonis. So whip this one up for some friends next time you are enjoying some sunshine and beer on a deck.
Fried Pepperoni with Spicy Mustard Dip
About 200 - 300 grams sliced pepperoni, I like a medium heat one personally
1 Tablespoon prepared mustard (Or a fancy mustard of your choice)
2 Tablespoon mayonnaise
1/4 Teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 Teaspoon paprika
In a small bowl mix together the mustard, mayonnaise, and cayenne pepper. If using your mixing bowl to serve the dip simply sprinkle the paprika over the top and it's ready, or transfer to your choice dip dish and then sprinkle the paprika over the top.
Next heat a frying pan to medium heat and toss in the sliced pepperoni. Gently fry the pepperoni until the natural oils begin to come out and the pepperoni is just getting a nice light sear on each side.
You want the pepperoni to be heated through, have the oils running, and just a light touch of color on each side. When the pepperoni is ready, transfer to a paper lined dish and serve immediately with toothpicks and the spicy mustard dip.
Or if you have a deep fryer and don't give a fig about the extra calories you can heat the deep fryer to a medium heat and deep fry the sliced pepperoni for about a minute. It seriously takes no time to make this.
If more spicy isn't your thing you can also make a honey mustard sauce instead. Just follow the recipe below and mix it all together.
Honey Mustard Sauce
1 Tablespoon mustard
2 Tablespoons mayonnaise(Optional, I sometimes just use honey and mustard to make this)
1-2 Tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, or 1 minced garlic cloves