Thursday, August 26, 2010

Pizza Pockets that Rock

This time of year I always try to get a head start on lunches for school. I try to make a little every day to build up my freezer full of easy to grab lunch options for the boys. Today I made my own pizza pockets. These turned out great and I even managed to include step by step pics on how to make these yourselves. Having something without a bunch of preservatives and other junk that you can pull out of your freezer for lunch-rocks! So lets get started.

The best part of this recipe would have to be the pizza dough. This is the best tasting dough -trust me it's delicious and easy too!

Pizza Dough

1 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees)
1 pkg. active dry yeast
3 Cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup finely ground cornmeal
1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
2 T. olive oil

2 cups shredded mozzarella
2 cups shredded cheddar
chopped pepperoni or sausage, veggie etc.

In a small bowl, sprinkle the yeast in the warm water and stir well to dissolve. Set aside the yeast for about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile place flours, cornmeal and salt together in bowl of kitchen aid. Using the paddle attachment mix the dry ingredients together. Start slowly pouring yeast mixture into bowl while it's mixing, add the olive oil into mixture and let mix until blended. Switch to the hook attachment and knead briefly until dough is smooth. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface. Cover dough with plastic wrap and let rise for 45 minutes.

When dough is ready proceed with instructions for pizza pockets.

Dust a pan with cornmeal and place pizza pockets on it 1-2 inches apart. I used a fork to lightly poke two holes in top of each pocket to prevent exploding pizza pockets. Brush the tops with beaten egg or olive oil. Bake at 425 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned. This recipe makes about 12-15 pizza pockets depending on the size you make them. We enjoyed a few for lunch and then they went straight into the freezer. There you have it, pretty easy right? Of course if you don't have a kitchen aid then it may be a bit more work for you- but so worth it! For more great ideas to make lunch time easier this year visit
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