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Pizza Pockets

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The old reliable flavors of tasty pizza sauce, melty mozzarella, and juicy pepperoni are all brought together inside a seasoned and crispy pizza dough. A perfect recipe for snacking on, or to serve as a meal.
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  1. PIZZA POCKETS INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS PIZZA POCKETS RECIPE
  3. STORAGE
  4. FAQ
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A quick snack, a lunch meal, or a dinner side? These delicious homemade pizza pockets (also called calzones) are so good, it’ll be hard to choose just one time during the day to serve them! Whenever you decide, you’ll be treated to gooey melted cheese, mouthwatering pepperoni, and your favorite sauce, all wrapped up in a deliciously crisp, seasoned pizza pie dough.

Still searching for more pizza-based inspiration? While these pizza pockets are amazing, our Pull Apart Pizza Bread is another great dish that can satisfy your pizza cravings. Making these for a party? The kids will love our Oreo Milkshakes on the side!

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Pizza Muffins | Pizza Casserole with Biscuits


PIZZA POCKETS INGREDIENTS

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You will need:

  • 11-ounce tube of pre-made pizza crust
  • 2 teaspoons of all-purpose flour, optional
  • 2/3 cup of your favorite pizza sauce
  • 1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup of mini pepperoni slices
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning for topping

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

Vegetables: Feel free to dice up your choice of veggies to add them into the pizza filling. Add as you desire, and even replace pepperoni all together if you are inclined. Consider green bell pepper, white button mushrooms, and onions.

Bacon Bits: Bacon bits are small enough to fit in your already delicious pizza pockets, and they add another layer of mouthwatering flavor. Add as desired, but be careful not to overfill.

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HOW TO MAKE THIS PIZZA POCKETS RECIPE

STEP ONE: Preheat the oven to 400°F. Measure out enough parchment paper to line a standard baking sheet.

STEP TWO: Open and unroll the pre-made pizza crust. On the parchment paper, use a rolling pin to lightly flatten the dough. 

PRO TIP: Feel free to add a dusting of flour if the dough is too sticky.

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STEP THREE: Using a pizza cutter, evenly slice long ways down the center of the pizza dough. Then slice each half into 3 pieces. This will give you 6 pieces of pizza dough.

STEP FOUR: Spread 1 ½ to 2 tablespoons of the pizza sauce off center of the dough. It may help to picture the dough as 2 back-to-back triangles. You are putting the sauce over 1 of the triangles. The other triangle will be folded over to make the top.

PRO TIP: Be sure to not spread too close to the edges, or the sauce will leak out and cause a problem sealing the edges.

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STEP FIVE: Sprinkle 2 to 2 ½ tablespoons of mozzarella cheese over the sauce. Then lay the mini pepperoni over the top of the cheese.

STEP SIX: Carefully fold the tops of the pizzas. Using a fork, press the edges closed.

STEP SEVEN: Using a pastry brush, lightly baste the olive oil over the tops of the pizzas. Lightly sprinkle the italian seasoning over the tops of the pizzas.

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STEP EIGHT: Bake for 10 to 13 minutes, until the top is golden brown. 

STORAGE

You’ll want to reach for these tasty snacks throughout the day so make sure you store them properly for the best quality leftovers.

IN THE FRIDGE: Homemade pizza pockets will last in the refrigerator for five days. Keep in an airtight container, or wrap individually.

IN THE FREEZER: Fully cook and let cool before you freeze. Wrap individually and store each in the freezer for up to three months.

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Making an appetizing dish for the kids (or made for yourself, we won’t tell!) only needs to take 20 minutes. These pizza pockets are the perfect snack food. The crispy, seasoned pizza dough paired with a cheesy pepperoni pizza filling is a classic taste that can’t be beaten, and once the family takes their first bite, they’ll all agree.

FAQ

What is the best cheese to use for pizza pockets?

For best results, use mozzarella cheese for the pizza pockets. You can also use cheddar, gouda and provolone cheese as they will melt well.

How do I reheat homemade pizza pockets?

If they are frozen, you don’t need to thaw, just put them in the microwave for a minute or two to thaw and then continue to heat them for another 2-3 minutes to make sure they are heated through.

Can I use homemade pizza dough instead of store-bought?

You can use homemade pizza dough if you prefer. Just roll it out to a similar shape as the pre-made dough above and fill and bake according to our directions.

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Pizza Pockets

5 from 1 vote
The old reliable flavors of tasty pizza sauce, melty mozzarella, and juicy pepperoni are all brought together inside a seasoned and crispy pizza dough. A perfect recipe for snacking on, or to serve as a meal.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 pizza pockets

Ingredients
  

  • 11 oz tube pre-made pizza crust
  • 2 tsp all-purpose flour optional
  • 2/3 cup of your favorite pizza sauce
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1/2 cup mini pepperoni slices
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp italian seasoning for topping

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Measure out enough parchment paper to line a standard baking sheet.
  • Open and unroll the pre-made pizza crust. Lightly flatten the dough using the parchment paper, a rolling pin, and a dusting of flour if the dough is too sticky.
  • Using a pizza cutter, evenly slice long ways down the center of the pizza dough. Then slice each half into 3 pieces. This will give you 6 pieces of pizza dough.
  • Spread 1 ½ to 2 tablespoons of the pizza sauce off center of the dough. It may help to picture the dough as 2 back-to-back triangles. You are putting the sauce over 1 of the triangles. The other triangle will be folded over to make the top.
    TIP: Be sure to not spread too close to the edges, or the sauce will leak out and cause a problem sealing the edges.
  • Sprinkle 2 to 2 ½ tablespoons of mozzarella cheese over the sauce.
  • Lay the mini pepperoni over the top of the cheese.
  • Carefully fold the tops of the pizzas. Using a fork, press the edges closed.
  • Using a pastry brush, lightly baste the olive oil over the tops of the pizzas.
  • Lightly sprinkle the italian seasoning over the tops of the pizzas.
  • Bake for 10 to 13 minutes, until the top is golden brown.

Nutrition

Calories: 275kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 701mg | Potassium: 136mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 250IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 153mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. Gloria says

    5 stars
    Easy and flavorful – so many great options for fillings. We made Hawaiian with ham and pineapple as well as deluxe with sausage, peppers, and onions. YUM!

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