Thursday, June 11, 2015

Homemade Pizza Pockets

I love pizza pockets and the great thing about this recipe is that it's so versatile. It's really totally up to you as to what you want to put in the filling. The dough is delicious and perfect for breakfast or dinner pockets. These amazing pockets were a family favorite when my kids were growing up.

For the dough:

1 pkg. Quick Rise dry yeast
1 c. lukewarm water
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 tbsp. honey or granulated sugar
2 1/2  to 3 c. flour
 Additional water if dough is too thick.

In a bowl, add water/ yeast mix.
Next goes in one tablespoon of oil
1 tablespoon of honey or sugar.
In goes the 2 1/2 cups plus of flour
Now mix well with hands and cover in a greased bowl and allow to rise by double.

1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 onion, diced
 2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 pound ground beef
1/2 pound Italian sausage or 4 to 5 ounces pepperoni
1/2 green bell pepper, diced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1 jar marinara or pasta sauce
8 ounces shredded mozzarella
1 egg, beaten
grated Parmesan
While dough is rising...make the filling.
Heat olive oil in a skillet.  Add onion and garlic and cook until tender, Add peppers and cook 2 minutes. add meats and brown in the mixture. Drain off excess fat.  Return to heat and add just enough sauce so that mixture is still fairly thick. Add mozzarella cheese and  mix. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Sprinkle flour onto surface and roll out dough using enough flour so dough will not stick to counter or board. Once dough is rolled out, (I use a lid to a 3 lb. coffee can), and cut circles. After I've cut all the circles, I add about 2 tablespoons filling to each circle and fold over the dough. Using a fork, I seal the dough pocket and place on a sprayed baking pan. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and herbs if desired. Bake until golden brown. Serve immediately or freeze immediately. Serve with a side of marinara or pasta sauce.

Other suggestions:
Fill with shredded  BBQ, chicken, pork or beef and cheese. For a change fill with roasted or grilled veggies.  For breakfast, fill with bacon, eggs and cheese or sausage and gravy mix.