These here pockets are custom made. You’re the boss, baby. The ingredients are all up to you. I’m only here to guide you into the deliciousness.
I was inspired to cook up some healthy homemade hot pockets, thanks to my overactive lazy bone — the kind of lazy that desires to spend zero moments in the kitchen while optimizing time well spent doing not a damn thang. Frozen, boxed pockets are out of the question. This healthy homemade version is quick & easy, and had the family howling for more. They even ate the fresh veggies packed inside.
Makes 6 pockets. Total prep & cooking time: 25 minutes or less.
- Pillsbury Thin Crust Pizza Dough
- Shredded cheese of your choice
- Raw broccoli, spinach or other favorite veggie(s)
- Cooked chicken, turkey or ham. Deli meat may be used (preferably nitrate free)
- Optional toppings such as hot sauce or red pepper flakes
- Sprinklings of water & milk
- Spread dough onto cookie sheet and cut into 6 even pieces using pizza cutter.
- Build each pocket by adding ingredients, starting with cheese on the bottom. Be careful not to overstuff to ensure the pocket will properly seal.
- Lightly brush the edges of the dough with water, then fold over to seal. Press down hard around the edges to achieve a good seal. If you don’t have a pastry brush, use a paper towel for this step, and also for the next step.
- Very lightly brush/dab the top of closed pocket with milk. This step is important to achieve a golden brown crust. Be careful not over-milk or crust will come out way too brown.
- With pockets still on cookie sheet, place in preheated 375-degree oven and bake for 15 minutes. Crust will be golden brown when done.
- Allow the pockets to rest for a minute or two to avoid burning your mouth, especially if feeding greedy children.
Combo ideas for your homemade hot pockets:
- Turkey, cheddar and broccoli
- Turkey, spinach and cheddar
- Chicken, spinach and cheddar with hot sauce & red pepper flakes
- Chicken, broccoli and cheddar
- Ham, broccoli & cheddar
- Mushroom, spinach & cheese
- Pepperoni & mozzarella
- Bacon, egg & cheese
Got any good combo ideas? And remember, you’re the boss because you control the ingredients and portion sizes. No matter your combo, it’s much healthier than boxed pockets. Now don’t you feel all empowered ‘n stuff?