Thursday, March 24, 2011

homemade hot pockets

icky picky rating: ***

Again, I got this idea from ourbestbites.com. You can find it HERE.

Instead of using their recipe for dough, I used our since I already know we like it. You can find my dough recipe HERE or you can try the one on Our Best Bites HERE.

So you take the dough and roll it out into a big square and use a pizza cutter to cut it into - they suggest about 16"x8" and cut it into 8 equal portions. Only I think I cut mine too small so we had something more like homemade pizza pockets!

{picture from ourbestbites.com}

I made half with sauce, cheese, and pepperoni and the other half with ham & cheddar cheese. You can really use anything you like. And don't put your fillings too close to the edges or else it will be too hard to roll it up. Then I folded in the two longer sides and rolled it all up, stretching the dough as I went, just like the picture below.

{picture from ourbestbites.com}

I sprayed a pan with Pam and then put the pockets on and baked at 425° for about 12 minutes and then brushed them with butter after they came out. 2 of my pizza ones did explode, but they were still edible.

I wasn't really making these for me, for some reason it grosses me out. I wanted to make them for my hubby and daughter to bring in their lunches for work/school. SO, I had the hubby try both of them - he liked both, but preferred the ham & cheese.

You can freeze these and then microwave them later, just like you would a real hot pocket, or you can pop them in the fridge and eat them cold. My hubby grabbed a ham & cheese one for breakfast this morning.

The nice thing is that you can put whatever fillings you want inside! I think I saw on Our Best Bites that she does a breakfast one with scrambled egg - that's what I want to try next for my hubby - scrambled egg, cheese, and salsa.

**EDITED - I am already upgrading this recipe from a 2* to a 3*! The kids came home from school and had a couple of these hot pockets for a snack! My daughter {6 years old} LOVES the pizza one and surprisingly my picky little boy {4 years old} is chowing down on the ham & cheese one! They've already asked me to make some more for their lunches tomorrow!

2 comments:

Mandy said...

Maybe try the thin pizza crust by Pillsbury. I find those much easier to work with when I do the pizza pockets from OBB.

leslie said...

interesting...i've never had an actual hot pocket, i'm not sure if they make a vegetarian one. or, if they do it is probably gross. but, this recipe intrigues me because i can make it vegetarian, plus i love all recipes that are freeze/microwaveable. i'm thinking, sauce, cheese, mushrooms, olives, which i'm sure will make you barf after reading.