Thursday, March 5, 2015

Homemade Pizza Pockets

One meal we really like is pizza pockets. Some people call them calzones.... but in our family, they are simply known as pizza pockets.

One son usually chooses this for his birthday meal and we all enjoy them and wonder why we don't make them more often than we do.




 The first step is to make a batch of homemade bread.... I usually use the easy recipe found here:
 Basic Homemade Bread Recipe

When the dough has risen for the first time, it is ready to use.










While the bread is rising for the first time, I make the filling - a mix of:

2 cartons cottage cheese
8 oz bag of shredded sharp cheddar cheese
cooked hamburger-I just pull mine out of the freezer and thaw-
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Italian seasoning
3 eggs, beaten


Take a ball of dough and spread it thin on a greased cookie sheet..... then put a line of filling down the center.

Fold one side over the filling to the other side.... and pinch the edges together.


 This is what it looks like.... now it needs to rise.



Below are several pizza pockets on the pan, in different stages... some completed, some with the filling on and needing to be closed up... and there is also one glob of dough waiting to be spread out.


They are not perfectly shaped.... and that hasn't mattered... my family loves these. :) 
 I make quite a few of these, so if you don't want to make a lot like this, you can reduce the amount of filling you make.

One time we made an even larger amount of filling and we got tired of making the pizza pockets... so we made the rest of it into a deep dish pizza - the dough, the filling...sauce and cheese on top... it was great. :)
The pizza pockets raise and when raised, they go into the oven...
 400 degrees for about 20-30 minutes or so.... watch to see when they seem done. When they come out of the oven, I put a clean dishtowel over them until ready to serve, to keep them soft.

 We always serve it with hot pasta sauce... everyone gets their own bowl for dipping.  We also love to drink kombucha with it. :)

 The extras go on the table... you can tell that they don't look perfect... although each time we do it, they are looking better and better.  They taste great!

They are not difficult to make... we just make SO many at a time that we tend to put it off, but we always LOVE this meal.  I make extras and put them(already baked) in the freezer... they freeze very nicely and are great to pull out and heat at a later time.
Sometimes I change the filling... and put pepperoni in, instead of hamburger, or put both meats in... or more cheese... or a bit of sauce inside. There are many possibilities... they all taste great.

My kids think it is time for me to make these again, since they know I am writing this post. :)

Thank you for joining me today...






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40 comments:

  1. Looks wonderful...love pizza in every shape and form!!

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    1. Thank you.... we do too. :) This is a nice "hand-held" pizza. :)

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  2. Those were SO GOOD! We need to have them again soon! :)

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    1. Thank you... they were.... and we DO need to do that soon. :)

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    2. You two are too cute! I love you guys! :-)

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    3. Thank you.... so nice to see you.... looking forward to seeing you tomorrow. :)

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    1. Thank you.... we sure enjoy them. :)

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  4. Oh my goodness these look wonderful, kinda like a cal zone?
    Thanks for visiting to share this nummy recipes on Friday Features!!!
    Enjoy your week, Karren

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    1. Yes, they are like Calzones... we just call them by another name. :) They sure are tasty. Thank you for the link up party.

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  5. My goodness! There are so many possibilities with this! Yummy!

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    1. You're right... they are also great to send for lunches, take on trips... and more.... and the ingredients can vary widely. :) Thank you for visiting.

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  6. Another fun twist on pizza!

    Thanks for sharing on Tasty Tuesdays. Hope to see you back next week.

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    1. Yes, it is... a little more work, but it sure tastes good. :)

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  7. These look easy and delicious! And I love that they are freezer friendly! Pinning to make these later :)
    Thanks for sharing on Tuesday Talk! I look forward to your posts every week! :)
    Katie
    www.sweetlittleonesblog.com

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    1. They are... and they taste so good.... I love putting some in the freezer, although we eat so many of them, that not a whole lot make it to the freezer. :)

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  8. YAY! no more mystery meat hot pockets for me. Am going to try this at home! Thank you for tossing your hat into the ring at the Party Under The Big Top! I hope to see you again next week!
    #BigTopBlogParty

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    1. I agree on that mystery meat... I don't want it. :) I hope you like them as much as we do.

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  9. This is another great recipe and very similar to one of the recipes passed down through my family. Only we use Ricotta Cheese instead of Cottage Cheese. :-)

    Thank you for linking up to Party Under the Big Top, the #BigTopBlogParty! So happy you were able to join in on the fun this week!

    Wishing you a fabulous week!

    Much love,

    Lysa xx
    Welcome to My Circus

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    1. Ricotta would work great... Thank you for visiting and for sharing your sweet comment. :)

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  10. My kids will love these! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. It is a great way to get extra nutrition to the kids also... with the cottage cheese and some herbs. :)

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  11. Hi again Gentle Joy! ;-) Just stopping by to say thank you for linking up with us at the Oh My Heartsie Girls Wordless Wednesday Linky Party! Hope to see you again at our next party!

    Wishing you a fabulous week!

    Much love,
    Lysa xx
    Welcome to My Circus
    Co-Host OMHGWW

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    1. You're welcome... thank you for the great link up party. :)

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  12. Yum, more pizza! These look so good, my friend. You have my mouth watering for pizza :) Thank you so much for linking up with Roses of Inspiration - I am very thankful! Hugs to you!

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    1. Actually, mine it also... we need to make pizza again soon... now, if only cheese would go on sale. :)

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  13. These look delicious! Thank you for sharing!

    Coming over from Homestead Blog Hop. :-)

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    1. They really are... we always enjoy them so much. :)

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  14. These sure look good! I may make some for dinner tonight! I always get great meal inspiration here, thank you! :) And thank you for linking up with the Art of Home-Making Mondays this week!

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    1. They really are tasty and fun. What a sweet and encouraging comment. :) I hope y'all like these as much as we do.

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  15. These look really good and what a great alternative to plain pizza. Thanks for sharing at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

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    1. Yes, they are just enough different to be fun... yet, still somewhat like pizza. :)

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  16. These look really good!! Thanks so much for stopping by!!

    Hugs,
    Deb

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    1. They are... we need to make them again. :) Yum. Thank you for visiting.

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  17. I love making homemade versions of kid favorites. I am not a fan of serving processed food so this makes me very happy.

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    1. Homemade is certainly better! :) We enjoy these a LOT. :)

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  18. Great idea! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

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    1. Thank you.... my family sure enjoys them. :)

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