Homemade Pizza Hot Pockets

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Oh, Hot Pockets….you delicious, cheesy, sauce-y, nostalgic little crispy dough balls of goodness…

Every week Cody and I make our lunch for work. We do it mainly to be frugal, and also so that we know what we are eating, because we do love to know what is in our food. Cody is a bottomless pit, and struggles to find meals that have enough calories and fill him up. I googled “man lunch recipes” and found this recipe for homemade hot pockets. Let me tell you, it was an AWESOME discovery!

Ingredients:

-4 cups flour
-1Β½ tsp salt
-1Β½ tbsp yeast
-3 tbsp olive oil
-1Β½ cups warm water
-1 package chopped up pepperoni
-1 package cheese of your choice
-1 jar marinara or pizza sauce

**You could also do ham and cheese instead of pizza if that is your jam

What else you’ll need:
-hand mixer or stand mixer
-bigger bowl
-rolling pin
-baking pan
-cooling rack

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Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

2. You will begin by adding your flour, salt and yeast to a big bowl. You can combine those three with just a wooden spoon. You will then add the olive oil and mix that in with your hand mixer or Kitchen Aid Mixer. Then add the warm water and mix that in.

3. After the dough is all mixed together, take the dough out of the bowl and grease it with oil or butter, whichever you prefer. Put the dough back into the greased bowl and let the dough rise for about 30-45 minutes.

4. After the dough rises take hand fulls of the dough out of the bowl and roll them into a ball with your hands. You will then roll the dough flat with a rolling pin until the dough is about 1/4 inch thick.

5. Once the dough is rolled out, you will go ahead an put a few spoon fulls of sauce into the middle of the dough. Sprinkle some cheese over the sauce, then add your pepperonis and another layer of cheese.

6. After it is filled, fold the dough over to form a half-circle. Take your finger and press around the edge of where the sauce, cheese and pepperoni is in the middle to form a crust. Place your finger on the edge of the crust and grab the piece of crust next to your finger and fold it over your finger and pinch it down. Do this repeatedly across the entire rounded part of the half circle, it will end up looking braided. Cut three slits in the top.

7. Place in the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown. Once baked, take out of oven and place on cooling rack for about 15 minutes before eating (WAY too hot inside…ya know, like the microwaved ones always are!)

YUUUUMMMMYYY! Seriously, so good. Just as good, if not better than the frozen ones you buy at the grocery store. You can also put these in a gallon zip-lock bag and freeze them and save them for later; just heat them up in the microwave.

As I get older I love to find recipes for my favorite childhood foods, just for nostalgia’s sake. It makes me and my tummy very happy! What are you favorite childhood foods?

As always, thanks for reading!

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