Pepperoni Powder

Pepperoni Powder

About This Recipe

Active time:15 minutes
Total time:20 minutes
Special equipment:heavy-bottomed saucepan, whisk, mixing bowl, strainer or tamis
This recipe appears in: Modernist Eats: Turn Pepperoni into Powder for a Popcorn Topper


  • 2 pounds pepperoni slices
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 cups tapioca maltodextrin


  1. 1

    Place the butter and pepperoni slices in a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan set over medium heat. Stirring occasionally, render the fat from the pepperoni until the meat resembles hard coins and is just shy of burning. This should yield about 1/3 cup.

  2. 2

    Measure out ¼ cup pepperoni fat and place it in a large mixing bowl to cool to room temperature. The remaining fat can be used to pop popcorn, if you wish.

  3. 3

    Once the fat is cooled, whisk the tapioca maltodextrin into the fat a little at a time. You may not need the full two cups. Once the mixture resembles clumpy powdered sugar, pass it through a tamis or fine-mesh strainer, which will “fluff” the powder and make it perfect for sprinkling on things like popcorn.


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