Perfect homemade convenience food, I adapted this recipe from my friend Kate. Feel free to use whatever pizza toppings suit your tastebuds, and fill your freezer with these handy heat-em-and-eat-em pockets.
- 2 packages yeast
- 2 c. warm water
- 1 t. salt
- 4 t olive oil
- 2 t. Italian Seasoning
- 3 c. whole wheat flour
- 2-3 c. unbleached white flour
- 1 jar pizza sauce
- 1 lb. hamburger
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 1/2 green pepper, chopped
- 1/2 c. sliced or chopped mushrooms
- 4 oz. pepperoni (diced in quarters)
- 3 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
- softened butter
- Parmesan cheese
- Italian seasoning
1. (I use my electric mixer.) Mix yeast and water. Let set a few minutes until bubbly. Add salt, oil, and Italian seasoning. Mix well. Add 3 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Slowly stir in (I use my dough hook) the rest of the flour. Knead. Place in a clean bowl with a bit of oil in the bottom. Flip dough to coat. Cover and let rise until double.
2. Brown hamburger with onion and green pepper. Add mushrooms. Stir in pepperoni and pizza sauce.
3. Once dough has risen, pinch off balls of dough. Roll out (6-8 inches). Top with filling mixture (leave room on the edges) and shredded cheese. Fold over and seal well. *** Larger balls of dough and more filling will result in hearty calzones. Smaller balls and less filling will make nice hand-held pockets. Both are delish!***
4. Place pockets on an ungreased cookie sheet. Spread each with a little butter and sprinkle on toppings. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes. *** I didn’t let mine get too “done,” because I want to be able to warm them in the oven from the freezer without too much browning.
Depending on the size of your pockets, you should end up with about 18-24.