Is your budget off the charts with the economy lately? A huge portion of our budget is food. We have 1 tween and 2 teens (and all their friends). So the food budget is crazy.. I had gotten into a lazy habit of buying premade junk food..because it’s so easy with the amount that these kids eat.
So I decided enough is enough..I started making my own Homemade Junk Food! If you are like our family and you need to cut back a little, I’ll be sharing a few recipes over the next week to get you started. By the way my kids ALL gave these a thumbs up and said they were better than the store’s frozen brand! Yay! I was quite surprised..I have a couple picky eaters.
Easy Homemade Hot Pockets
I just used ingredients that I already had on hand.
- Shredded Mozzarella
- Alfredo Sauce (if you wanted you could use cream of chicken soup and minced garlic, stir in garlic and wa la!)
- Johnny’s Garlic Spread ( this has pretty low sodium content but still a great taste)
- Shredded Parmesan & Romano cheese
- Pre cooked chicken, cut into small chunks (this was leftover from a previous dinner)
- Homemade Pizza Dough (if it’s easier..use store bought dough) really it’s ok
- You can mix all these up together to your taste..I didn’t mix I just put blops of each on my dough, up to you.
- Make your Pizza Dough
- Cut into somewhat even sizes
- Roll each piece into balls
- Then with a rolling pin, roll your dough out to your desired thickness..I rolled mine to about 1/8 inch thick.
- Put ingredients in the middle
- fold over and crimp with fork OR roll edges.
I rolled these like a burrito..Next time I will just fold over and crimp edges because some of the filling leaked out this way.
- Cook in oven at 375 Degrees for about 20 mins. If you want that golden brown look..like mine..just use an egg wash (1 egg whisked up with a tiny bit of water then spread on with pastry brush) You totally don’t have to do this. They will still look great and taste great!
- After you take them out of oven..cool on a rack until completely cool. Then put into Freezer bags and freeze. To reheat simply pop into microwave for 2 minutes (that’s from frozen)
I had left over dough so I just put into a freezer bag and froze and will make more Hot Pockets when these run out..which will be in a few days!
Reader Annette shares how she used this recipe for her family..
I made these today with a chicken bacon ranch filling. here’s what I used: 3/4-1lb chopped cooked chicken, 5 slices cooked chopped bacon, 1 cup cheddar cheese, 4oz cream cheese, 1/3-1/2 cup maries lite ranch dressing, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1/4 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp dry minced onion. they came out wonderful and do not need any salt added. the 2 1/2 year old inhaled his lol!
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