Ingredients and DirectionsI defrosted a loaf of frozen bread dough overnight in the refrigerator and cut it into four pieces.
Then I emptied a jar of pizza sauce into a bowl and added our favorite pizza toppings -- chopped pepperoni, a pizza brat, peppers & onion mix, shredded cheese, chopped sauteed spinach, shredded zucchini, etc. I even added some chopped cauliflower mixture that I had leftover from the cauliflower crust mini pizzas. I wanted to add chopped mushrooms, but Sonny D and Husband Jeff are not fans.
I rolled each piece of dough out and spooned on some filling, then folded the edge over and rolled and pinched it shut. I placed them onto a sprayed cookie sheet and baked them until they were golden brown. I think it was about 20-30 minutes in the oven at 350 degrees.
|Chopped turkey pepperoni with an artistic shot of the pizza sauce can.|
|Cooking up a pizza brat from the local meat market.|
|Chopped peppers & onions from a bag.|
|Shredded cheese. I think it's a co-jack blend.|
|Cutting up the brat into bits.|
|Spinach in the sauce.|
|A not-quite-circular "round" of dough with a quarter of the filling.|
|Pockets in the oven.|
|Half of a pocket with half an ear of corn.|
VerdictThe dough of the pizza pockets was a little softer than I expected, but the filling was so good! Husband Jeff and I shoveled ours down our gullets, but Sonny D didn't touch his. He had every right to be suspicious, I was attempting to sneak in all sorts of veggies on him. He had no idea what he was missing out on though. Later I reheated a leftover end for Sonny D to have for lunch and he ate all of it, so it still ended up that he ate it and enjoyed it.
I wish I had cooked them a little longer, but I was impatient for dinner. The dough was done, but I would have liked it a little browner.
It would be fun to make these into a breakfast version with scrambled egg, sausage, veggies, etc. You could also make these smaller with other ingredients like ham and cheese and broccoli to make your own "hot pockets".