While Richman thinks flat pepperoni is a superior pizza topping, he still enjoys the flavor of cupped pepperoni. He gave us a wacky idea for eating this style of sausage. “Serve pepperoni cups on their own. Just serve cups, people. Have everyone come around, do a shot of grease, and eat the pepperoni cup.”
As a pepperoni booster, Richman is happy there’s enough knowledge out there to make debates about the minutiae of pepperoni possible. “Even the fact that you can say to me, ‘Cups or flats?’ We can talk about things like that, like pepperoni connoisseurs.”
Speaking of being a pepperoni connoisseur, you can ensure you’re buying your preferred type of pepperoni in the store if you know what to look for. If, like Richman, you’re trying to avoid pepperoni that curls in the oven, stay away from brands that stuff the meat into casings, as this encourages cupping.
The Hormel Pepperoni Pizza Pop-Up Shop is selling pepperoni-themed wearables, home goods, bedroom gear, and more for as long as supplies last.