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)
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
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Make pizza sauce. Combine 1 cup flour, undissolved yeast, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Add very warm water and oil; mix until well blended, about 1 minute. 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. 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. Use pizza cutter or knife to make pizza rectangles (4 inches by 4 inches). Flour another piece of parchment paper. Take one pizza rectangle and add sauce, turkey pepperoni and cheese one side. Fold one side of pizza dough over sauce, pepperoni and cheese. Use fork to seal edges. Coat top of pizza pocket with melted butter and sprinkle with basil and oregano. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
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