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Easy Homemade Hot Pockets

I started making my own Easy Homemade Snack Food and created these Easy Homemade Hot Pockets!  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.

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 snack food..because it’s so easy with the amount that these kids eat.

Easy Homemade Hot Pockets

Homemade Hot Pockets

I just used ingredients that I already had on hand.

hot pocket ingredients

  • 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.

dough

  • Make your Pizza Dough
  • Cut into somewhat even sizes

dough

  • Roll each piece into balls

hot pocket

  • 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. 

hot pockets

I rolled these like a burrito..Next time I will just fold over and crimp edges or use my Cut N Seal  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!

hot pockets

  • After you take them out of oven..place on a cooling rack until completely cool.  Then put into Freezer bags and freeze.   To reheat simply pop into microwave for 2 minutes (that’s from frozen)

freezing dough

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!

More Hot Pocket Recipes:

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Pepperoni Hot Pockets

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Mini Bacon Cheeseburger Calzones

 

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Easy Homemade Hot Pockets
Prep Time
1 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
1 hrs 50 mins
 
Course: Snack Foods
Servings: 20
Author: Shari Lynne
Ingredients
  • Shredded Mozzarella
  • in Alfredo Sauce (if you wanted you could use cream of chicken soup and minced garlic stir 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 really it’s ok if it’s easier..use store bought dough
Instructions
  1. Cut Pizza Dough into somewhat even sizes
  2. Roll each piece into balls
  3. Then with a rolling pin, roll your dough out to your desired thickness..I rolled mine to about 1/8 inch thick.
  4. Put ingredients in the middle
  5. fold over and crimp with fork OR roll edges.
  6. 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!
  7. 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)
  8. Put any leftover dough in freezer and use another time.

 

More Homemade Snack Foods:

Make your own Homemade Snack Food for Kids!

 

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!”

 

 

 

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  1. These look awesome! And really easy, too! I just tried making a pizza roll last week, and it was a big hit. I have a feeling these hot pockets will go over well, too!

  2. Shari, you make everything look so amazing easy and good! I cant wait to show this to Becky and have her give it a try for her home ec class 🙂
    Thank you!
    Cindy

  3. My daughters love Hot Pockets, but the price just keeps going up. These look pretty easy to make, so I may have to try them.

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

    1. Hi Robin! Thanks for stopping by..yes this is soo easy too! You can make your own Alfredo Sauce too..I imagine you know this. But that’s really easy too 🙂 Blessings!

    1. Hi Amy! Great question! Guess that would be nice info.. 🙂 From frozen 2 min..just like the store bought. They are deelish and easy..hope you will try them, It will make life easier. Ha I’m always looking for something to make life easier and less expensive 😉

  4. Wow, so simple. I’m thinking of all kinds of things to put inside the hot pockets. You know, like meatballs with some sauce, pepperoni, ground beef with fiesta cheese and taco sauce, etc. Love this recipe

    1. Hi Sandy! Wow thanks so much for the sweet compliment! I would love to come on over and link up..I’ll do that on Monday! Thanks for stopping by! Blessings!

  5. This is a great idea!! Love it. I’m so glad you linked up at Romance on a dime. I’m pinning this.

  6. Love this recipe! I’m trying it tonight!
    …and I love this site. There needs to be more positive Christian sites like this one. Lord knows we need ’em. Thanks for stopping by today!

    1. Hey Kesha! So nice of you to take the time to stop by on your special SITS day! Thank you for your sweet compliment..the Hot Pockets are sooo easy..and you will love them! I bookmarked your site so I will be hopping over now and then!
      Blessings to you!
      Shari

    1. RATS! I can feel you pain Courtney..sort of..my hubby is also on a no grain no sugar diet… so even those these are yummy..it’s mostly our teens that eat them 🙂 LOL Thanks for stopping by! Blessings!!

  7. Alright, this is the first time I have stalked your blog and I LOVE it. My kids always want hot pockets but I refuse. TWo reasons: Cost-there are four kids who can eat 2 a piece easily, and health. They are so fattening and unhealthy, even the lean ones have a lot of additives. I love this recipe. I plan to use my whole wheat pizza dough with this, and I can add veggies and a red sauce to the middle to make it lighter. We preserve our own food here, so I Can use my homemade sauce. We didn’t use to be so picky about the food for us, but my son has high blood pressure and likely type 1 diabetes (5 blood tests have come back diabetic levels in the past year. 1 more next month to confirm before starting meds) so we have resorted into cooking at home for health needs!

    1. Hi Allyson! I’m so happy you found this recipe! Yes you can totally fill these babies with just about anything you want for sure. My husband has diabetes also so I know the challenges that you face with food! Good for you for canning your own food too! I used to do alot of canning but not as much these days. I’m so happy you “stalked” my blog LOL 😀
      Blessings!

  8. Just an idea. After brushing with the egg, why not sprinkle some garlic powder, parmesan and italian herbs on top?

    Also, for a grown up get together, they’d be nice with fresh tomato, basil, olives and mozarella. Dontcha think?

    Thanks for the recipe. 🙂

  9. Going to have to give these a try. I make something similar using frozen bread dough, hamburger, shredded cabbage, and cheese. You can add any other ingredient you want. My guys love them and will ‘eat on them’ for days. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hey Angie..Oh totally you can make these with frozen bread dough! I say do whatever is easiest and most economical for your family..and yum..your inside ingrediants sound deelish! Thanks for reminding everyone that you can do that! Blessings!

  10. 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!

    1. That is awesome Annette! So happy that you could use this recipe and tweek it to your own families taste! And thank you for sharing your measurements as I know other readers will want to know!! I’d like to share right in the main post and feature your recipe as another way to serve these!! If you are oppossed please let me know. Blessings!

  11. Hello, these sound wonderful and will make them for my husbands lunch. Thanks for sharing them and I am so happy you stopped by MommiesPOV.com linky party. Please
    stop by next Monday.

  12. I LOVE these Hot Pockets. I love the convience of making meals ahead. I have always been a little afraid of freezing dough. I guess I shouldn’t! I started a weekly link-up party on Thursdays, and I would love to share this post and/or any others that you would like to share with our readers. Hope to see you there! allthingswithpurpose.com

    1. Hi Julie! Thanks so much for contacting me 🙂 I love your site and linked up! You have so many useful and fun things! I would be honored for you to share my Easy Homemade Hot Pockets recipe! I’ll be sure to stop by next week! ..I’ll try to remember..I’ve got to write these things down! 😉
      Blessings to you <3

  13. oh wow, they are like mini calzones… love it… will have to try these out. plus they are easy to eat for a wild little preschooler. Stopping by from Tempt My Tummy

  14. Yum! We love bread. 😉 We get the premade dough from the bakery at our grocery store and make homemade pizzas all the time, but never think to make pockets. Great idea!

  15. Hi

    These look great! Thank you.

    But can you recommend a Hot Pocket MOLD so that I can mold the pocket sandwiches to look like the ones they sale in the supermarket?

    Thankyou.

    1. Hi Tony! Well I don’t know of anything that would shape them like the ones in the store but I do use my The Pampered Chef Cut N Seal #1195
      sometimes this works really well. You could also just fold over and crimp together with a fork 🙂 Hope this helps a little. Blessings! This is an affiliate link, which means that if you click it and buy this I get a small commission at no cost to you of course. I hope you don’t find that offensive 🙁 I certainly don’t mean it to be. My apologies.

  16. These look amazing! I have to try a gluten-free version of them soon.

    I bet it would be good to add in some caramelized onions and mushrooms.

    1. Hi Marcella! Thank you so much for stopping by! Gluten Free would be deelish and these are just so versatile, I make them a million ways..and OOH yum..caramelized onions and mushrooms sound soo good in these! I’m going to make them that way! Blessings to you 🙂

    1. It made me think of Jim Gaffigan, too!! These look delicious, Shari Lynne. I love that, besides being less expensive and having so many variations, I can control what the kiddos are eating. And, I just might be able to sneak in a veggie or two!!

    1. Hi Angela, They are good for a month to a month and half. You could keep longer, just like with any breaded food..but I think that they start to get a little freezer burnt after that. That’s just my opinion. Honestly..they’ve never lasted that long in my house because my kids love them 🙂 Thank you for stopping by! Blessings!

  17. Tried these and they were amazing! First time I made homemade dough and it turned out perfectly. I will never order pizza again! Thank you! =)

    1. Hi Emily! I’m jumping up annnnd down right now for you!! 😀 I can’t think of anything that makes me happier than your comment! Have a blessed week and enjoy your “homemade” pizza for a lifetime! Blessings!

  18. I have tried something like this is in the past, but you have resparked my desire to make them again! I like to make ahead pizza dough in my breadmaker and freeze it. Sometimes I will make frozen calzones, or bake personal size pizza crusts for 10 minutes then freeze them to pull out in a crunch. Hot pockets sound good (I am pregnant) so this is going on my to-make and freeze list! My husband makes a homemade sauce that is hands down the best I have ever tried. I should have him make some soon. 🙂 Thanks!

    1. Awesome Nathana! Sounds like you have the freezer cooking handled! 😀 Yay! Can save so much money that way and it’s so much yummier too. Congrats on your pregnancy..everything sounds good when your pregnant! LOL Have a blessed day and thank you for stopping by!

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