Easy Homemade Pizza Pockets

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I am thankful for my husband for many reasons- not only does he love me, but he goes above and beyond for our family, he makes me laugh every. single. day, and he prays for our marriage just as much as I do, are among many of them. One more reason I am thankful for him is that he works really hard to make a life for us. Almost 1 year ago we decided that I would be a homemaker and he would go out and earn money after I got laid off right before our wedding and he started a new job. 

One thing we have struggled with is finding something really filling that reheated well for his dinner at work. He works 2nd shift, so he needs something that will fill his stomach that is used to having dinner around 7:30pm but something that works with a lunch box. It’s not hard finding a few things but who wants to eat the same thing, every day, every week?

We have had a few successes with things but this week we have created one that makes the favorites list! Easy Homemade Pizza Pockets. My husband has always loved pizza hot pockets but they are expensive when you have to buy more than 1 box and has added preservatives, so this homemade version is better for you and much cheaper. And on the plus side, if you have kiddos- they will go crazy for this too.

IMG_0525Pile it all on. A little pile of goodness!

IMG_0526Pinch it all together. What a cute little pocket!

IMG_0527Get it ready to bake! I love me some oregano.

What you need:

  • 1 Store Bought Pizza Crust (or your own recipe)
  • 1 jar of Pizza Sauce
  • 2 cups of Shredded Cheddar Cheese (or whatever your favorite cheese is)
  • Mini Pepperonis.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Oregano (optional)

Throwing it all together:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. While your oven is preheating, roll out your Pizza Dough to a medium thickness. About how much you would stretch it out if you were making a regular pizza.
  3. Take a pizza cutter and cut your crust into little rectangles, cutting horizontal and vertical. It will make about 8 rectangles.
  4. Take each rectangle and spread on a little sauce to one side of the rectangle, then pile on a small amount of cheese, then layer on some pepperoni, and then top it off with more cheese to seal it all in.
  5. Next, fold the untouched side of your pizza dough over the side with the toppings and then pinch it closed with a fork or your fingers. I used a fork tonight but I honestly think your fingers work a little better, and it’s easier! 🙂
  6. Plop them on a greased cookie sheet and then brush on some extra virgin olive oil all over the pizza pocket. If you like oregano, mix a small amount into your oil before brushing on for a little Italian taste!
  7. Bake for 10-15 minutes until the crust becomes golden brown. My husband likes his a little extra crispy so I broiled the tops for 2-3 minutes at the end.

That’s it! And they are soooo yummy. Who doesn’t love little portable pizza’s? My husband likes to dip is into more pizza sauce on the side, so that’s also worth a try if you like things a little extra saucey :p Next week, we plan to try cheeseburger homemade hot pockets. Stay tuned to see how those turn out.