Homemade Pizza Pockets

It’s Friday…time for Pizza, Football and Tailgating! With the kids back in school, I’ve seen a lot of commercials for the popular after-school snack, Pizza Pockets.

So, we decided to give them a try. We made the pizza crust in our bread machine, using a recipe from MomAdvice, but you could also use a large biscuit for these. I bet the kiddos would even have fun putting them together themselves.

I really like using the bread machine, it’s quick and easy. If you don’t have one, you can make this same dough by hand.

  1. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead just until dough is no longer sticky. You don’t want to add a ton of flour or work the dough a lot, or it will get tough.
  2. Roll the dough out. We used a large jar ring to cut the circles.
  3. Add sauce and chopped pepperoni or other ingredients that you like.
  4. Add the mozzarella cheese
  5. Fold over
  6. Seal in the ingredients with a fork and brush with oil
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A fun treat for Pizza Night, Tailgating or even after school snack. PocketChangeGourmet.com
Pizza Crust
  • 1⅓ cups water
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons corn meal
  • 3¼ cups flour {we used all-purpose}
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1½ teaspoon yeast {about 1 package}
Pizza Sauce
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ - 1 cup of water
  • Pepperoni
  • Sausage
  • Mozzarella Cheese
Pizza Crust for Bread Machine
  1. Place ingredients in bread machine according to manufacturers instructions. We add the dry then the wet in ours.
  2. After the bread machine is done, roll dough onto floured surface.
Pizza Crust for Hand
  1. Mix dry ingredients together
  2. Add wet ingredients and stir until combined
Pizza Sauce
  1. Melt butter over medium heat in a small sauce pan.
  2. Mince garlic and add to pan and saute for 2 minutes.
  3. Add tomato paste and dried herbs and combine.
  4. Stir in water to achieve desired consistency, usually take at least ½ cup.
  5. Simmer for 5 minutes to join flavors.
Pizza Pockets
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  2. Roll dough out and cut with a jar ring or cookie cutter
  3. Add about ½ teaspoon pizza sauce to one side of circle
  4. Add toppings
  5. Fold over and seal with a fork
  6. Brush with oil
  7. Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes

How do you change it up on Pizza Night?

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  1. Delicious recipe and sorry I am going to have to steal it :) Thank-you for posting!

  2. I was wondering if you think they would freeze well so the kids could warm them for snacks?

  3. It’s a “pizza” empanada!

  4. angie: yes pizza pockets (also called calzones) freeze very well. It is essentially still a pizza with pizza ingredients. We freeze them all the time. I fold the raw pizza dough over the ingredients and then instead of putting them in the oven, you wrap them in wax paper. Put your calzones in a sealed freezer bag and voila! You have a handy dandy freezer meal. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Bake about 30 minutes from frozen, but that time is really dependent on how large your calzone is.
    You can watch it in the oven or stick a probe thermometer into the calzone and just let it beep at you when it hits about 160 degrees.

  5. I have teens at home and can’t wait to make and freeze these so they can have to foods to grab, heat up and go…. thanks for sharing. love the site!

  6. These look great! I can’t wait to try them.
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  7. Thanks so much for linking to my pizza dough, Liz! Your pizza pockets look delicious and love the step-by-step tutorial!!

  8. Looks like a great make-ahead lunch idea for our homeschooling family!
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  9. Amy Townsend says:

    I just made these with the kiddos and they are EXCELLENT! I went ahead and did 3 cups all purpose flour and 1/4 cup white whole wheat for some added whole grain goodness!! These will definitely be a new family favorite/staple!!!

  10. Hi… I liked the recipe, but somehow being a “vegetarian” can I replace the sausage? Could u suggest me an alternative. Thanks.


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