Monday, November 22, 2010

Pizza 101: pocket pizza

In today's lesson you will learn how to make a pizza pocket.  There is something so awesome about eating food in a pocket.  It brings you right back to being a kid, before you realized just how nasty those freezer pockets are.  The best part, is that you can fill them any way you want and keep them in the freezer.  You are going to be a hero to your friends, kids and loved ones.  Let's get started!!  

Start with the basic dough recipe.  Split the dough into 8 pieces.  My dough cutter in the picture is 6 inches to give you an idea of how big everything is.  

Roll out the dough into a large square about 10X10 inches.

Top with sauce on one half making sure to leave a 1 inch border.

Top with cheese and your desired topping, I used spicy poultry sausage. 
If you use veggies, make sure you precook them and drain as much water out as possible.  
Then top with some more cheese and a few teaspoons of pizza sauce.

Fold the dough over.

You are going to fold the dough up....

... and pinch it down with your finger.

Go all the way around making sure there are no openings.

Line them up on a greased baking sheet and top with a little sprinkle of olive oil.

Bake at 450 degrees until the edges get golden brown.  It takes between 8-15 minutes.  If you want you can crisp up the bottom by baking it a few minutes on the pizza stone.  
Once they have cooled, store them in a bag in the freezer.

To reheat from the freezer:
Defrost for 3 minutes in the microwave.  Then toast in the toaster oven on medium darkness.
They will taste like they came straight out of the oven.  
Be careful, these are some hot pizza pockets!!!

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