Ask around what people like the most on their pizza, and beef pepperoni is what you are most likely to hear. It is the most commonly ordered topping for any kind of non-vegetarian pizza these days.
Beef pepperoni is a type of salami that is actually a cured sausage, although pepperoni is also made out of different meats. You can get it anywhere commercially, but a lot of people make their right at home. Some of the ingredients used include pork, beef, curing salt, garlic powder, paprika, sugar, mustard, fennel seeds, and a smoke flavoring.
The word pepperoni actually comes from a vegetable. Heard of ‘bell pepper’? It is called ‘peperone’ in Italian, and that is what pepperoni is named after.
Beef pepperoni and other types are high in fat and sodium, and that is why these days, people are more into turkey pepperoni, which has less of both. But all types are good if you simply need a low carbohydrate diet, and the fact that it is delicious with cheese does not hurt either. You do not need pizza to enjoy beef pepperoni, which can be had as a tasty snack when paired with almost any cheese.
Pepperoni is good for making basic sandwiches or as fillers for hoagies and submarine sandwiches. A bit of tomato sauce and getting the cured meat on top of a bagel, which you then bake until brown, is almost just as tasty.
As said, pepperoni goes well with almost any cheese, and pizza cheese or mozzarella is the best pairing you can work with it. Other cheeses you can try for something tasty are cheddar, cheddar jack, fontina, goat, parmesan, Swiss, and white cheddar.
Also, good are other meats like capicola, prosciutto, and spicy salami, which are often added alongside pepperoni on pizzas. This is one kind of pizza that a meat lover cannot pass up. Consider throwing in mushrooms, caramelized onions, olives, and peppers while you are at it.
If you are going to be using more than one type of meat on a pizza, use greasy meats so that the curst stays sturdy. If you want all these flavors and the crust needs to be thin, make sure the slices are kept as thin as possible, and that the vegetable pieces are small as well.
These are some tips for including pepperoni in your pizza. Try throwing in stuff experimentally, but use sound judgment so you do not have to throw away what you make.