These delicious Pizza Pockets are easy to make at home! The whole family can stuff their pocket with their favourite pizza ingredients! They’re fun to make and even more fun to eat!
Did anyone grow up eating pizza pops or pizza pockets? They were a fun treat and something we used to keep on hand in the freezer just in case we felt like snack. The melty cheese and sauce that would ooze out of those pockets was my absolute favourite part!
They are still something I love to eat today. Who doesn’t love pizza? I haven’t met anyone who doesn’t love it. Its freakin delicious! Cheese, sauce, meat, veggies, and of course dough. Can’t forget the carbs. Its the perfect meal and so easily customizable that it is pretty hard not find a variation that you love.
These pizza pockets are a great recipe and, best of all, freezer friendly! That makes them great for meal prepping and having on hand when hunger strikes.
Making the pizza pockets is pretty easy. I use a homemade dough that is yeast-free and comes together easily in my stand mixer.
The whole process is easy to do and kind of fun too! Although my hubby is not always too keen on jumping in in the kitchen, when pizza is involved, he is there without me even asking. That tells you something.
What you’ll need to make Pizza Pockets
These pizza pockets are easily customizable and you can deviate from the ingredient list to suit your preferences and what you have on hand. Having said that, I typically use the following ingredients:
- For the Filling:
- Pizza sauce (or pasta sauce)
- mozzarella cheese
- pepperoni, cut into smaller pieces
- veggies (spinach, peppers, olives or whatever you like)
- For the dough:
- flour (all purpose
- baking powder
- Parmesan cheese*
- onion powder*
*If you don’t have onion powder or Parmesan cheese, you can leave them out of your dough. I add them in for extra flavour.
Get the family involved!
Making these pockets is pretty easy but the best part is, everyone can get involved in the process.
Once the dough is formed, lay out all of your filling ingredients and set yourself up a little pizza bar. Everyone can fill their pocket with what they like and then bake it up!
Freezing Pizza Pockets
These pockets can be frozen easily. Simply bake them and let them cool. Then transfer them to a freezer safe container or ziplock bag and freeze.
When you are ready to enjoy one, place it in the oven at 350F until it is warmed through.
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For the Dough
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 cup butter cold, cubed
- 2 large eggs
- 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 cup pizza sauce
- 1 cup mozzarella shredded
- 1/2 cup pepperoni slices chopped into smaller pieces (optional)
- veggies of choice (optional)
- 2 teaspoons olive oil or melted butter
- Preheat oven to 400F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In the bowl of a food processor, add the flour, Parmesan cheese, salt, onion powder, and baking powder. Pulse a few times to combine. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture resembles a coarse meal.
- Add the eggs and milk and pulse until it forms together as a ball. Transfer onto a floured surface and knead by hand until it comes together into a smooth dough.
- Using a floured rolling pin, roll the dough out into a large rectangle of the desired thickness. Use a bowl to cut out circles of the desired size. I use a soup bowl to make larger pockets the size of a store-bought pizza pop but you can make smaller ones too. Collect the scraps and re-roll to make another pocket if there is enough. For less uniform but easier to make pockets: instead of rolling out the dough in a rectangle, simply divide it into 8 equal portions. Form each portion into a ball and then roll it out with a rolling pin to form a circle.
- Place a tablespoon of sauce on half of each circle being careful not to go right up to the edge. Add a tablespoon of cheese and any desired toppings to each half.
- Fold the half of the circle with no toppings over the half the has the toppings and press down with your fingers to seal. Use the tines of a fork to seal them if you like or pinch and fold the dough to seal it. Sealing with a fork will seal it better though and may prevent them from bursting open like my do but I don’t mind.
- Brush with olive oil or melted butter and bake in the oven for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown.