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Pizza Pockets – Out of the Oven, Not the Box

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Pizza Pockets – Out of the Oven, Not the Box

 
One day while going up one aisle and down another of a health food store with a friend of mine (thanks Mel) I listed all the wonderful new canned and frozen items I planned on buying.   
"What do you think about these frozen chicken nuggets?" I asked.
“What’s in it?” she asked back.
‘I don’t know.’ I replied and shrugged my shoulders.
“Well, what about this?” I asked, picking up a box of cereal.
“What’s in it?” she asked again.
“Why do you keep on asking me that?  We are in a health food store…everything in here is good for you…right?’  The confidence in my proclamation waned as she gave me the same look I give my children when they ask for dessert but they haven’t eaten all of their vegetables.
My patient friend looked at me and said, “No – it’s not. You still need to read the ingredients.”
Ever since then I have tried with all my mama might to stick to things that I can pronounce on the label.  If the kiddos pass something in the grocery store and I know there may be questionable ingredients, I am on a mission to make it at home. 
This week I tried pizza pockets, great for lunch or after school snack!  

 

Happy, healthy eating!!

 

 

Servings: 1 teen girl and 1 growing seven year old boy and 1 6 year old girl. (At least 2 pizza pockets a piece)
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 1 hour (if you buy pizza sauce or make it ahead of time)

 

 

 

Ingredients

 

homemade Pizza Pockets

 

Pizza Sauce
1-3/4 to 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 envelope Fleischmann's Pizza Crust Yeast
¾ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 cup very warm water (120° to 130°F)
2 tablespoons olive OR vegetable oil
Turkey pepperoni
Mozzarella cheese
Melted butter
Basil
Oregano

 

 

Directions

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
 
Make pizza sauce.
 
Combine 1 cup flour, undissolved yeast, sugar and salt in a large bowl.  
 
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Add very warm water and oil; mix until well blended, about 1 minute. 
 
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Gradually add enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Dough should form a ball and will be slightly sticky. Cover with towel for 10 minutes.
 
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Knead pizza dough on a floured piece of parchment paper.  [Note: parchment paper may slide as you roll out dough, but this non-stick surface is needed!!]  Add flour if necessary and continue to knead for about 4 minutes.
 
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 Use pizza cutter or knife to make pizza rectangles (4 inches by 4 inches).
 
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Flour another piece of parchment paper.  Take one pizza rectangle and add sauce, turkey pepperoni and cheese one side.
 
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Fold one side of pizza dough over sauce, pepperoni and cheese. Use fork to seal edges.
 
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Coat top of pizza pocket with melted butter and sprinkle with basil and oregano.
 
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Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

 

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homemade Pizza Pockets

 

 

What Are We Eating Wednesday from PTSY, supporting children in mind AND body!

 

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