You read that title, scratched your head, wrinkled your nose and said what?
No, this is not a joke.
This is pepperoni and string beans.
You’ve never heard of it?
I don’t think anyone outside of my dad’s family has really. It’s not an Italian dish. It’s not… well, I don’t think it’s any kind of dish.
Our guess is that my grandma had six hungry kids on her hands and only pepperoni, string beans and some tomato paste in the cabinets and she just shrugged and said, eh, why not?
Did I mention my grandma had six kids, no dishwasher and no driver’s license?
So if the kids were hungry and grandpa wasn’t home, whatever was in the house would have to become dinner. Somehow.
I’m guessing that’s how this concoction came into being.
My mom always makes this down the shore. I’ve never made it for my boyfriend before, not because I think that he’ll think it’s weird, but because I’ve never had it anywhere but down at our shore house.
Isn’t that weird?
There’s certain foods that have such a strong association with certain places that I just can’t imagine eating them anywhere else. —Jacky