By Kevin Williams
This pizza pockets creation was a recipe from Gloria that I had wanted to try for a long time and, well, what else are going to do during a lockdown?
I have memories of "hot pockets", a frozen, pizza-type meal that my mom would sometimes buy when I was a kid. And, man, those pockets did get hot, but they were such a good, gooey, cheesy meal. Pizza - of all variations - is popular among the Amish.
Our Amish Cook columnist, Gloria Yoder, published a homemade version of a "hot pocket" - a pizza pocket - several years ago and I had always wanted to try it. Yesterday, I finally did.
And, you know, after doing all this rolling, making dough disks, sprinkling cheese, spooning sauce, and folding, I asked myself "why the heck am I not just making a pizza instead?" It's kind of a lot of work when you could basically get the same flavor, taste, etc by making a pizza. Still, these are like calzones. My girls - unlike me - are pretty picky, so I ended up making the pockets just filled with cheese. I think if I could have stuffed them with mushrooms or meat or other veggies then the payoff would have been more worthwhile. I also, in retrospect, would have made my pockets larger and gotten for a calzone effect. Now, one good reason to make the pockets instead of a pizza is their portability and freezability. You can make a bunch ahead of time, freeze them, zap them in the microwave and run out the door. You could do the same with a pizza, make a few ahead of time, but trying to store a pizza in a crowded freezer is more difficult than putting a bunch of pockets in a sealed container
Oh, the other thing I ran into was lack of pizza sauce. SIGH, I should have just used spaghetti sauce. We had a jar on hand, but, I wasn't sure whether it was destined for something else and the last thing I wanted was my wife preparing spaghetti for supper sometime and hearing the "I thought for sure I had a jar of spaghetti sauce."
So I found one online and improvised, my daughter didn't like it, but I'll do that recipe in a separate post. Here are the pizza pockets:
- HOMEMADE PIZZA POCKETS
- 2 tablespoons yeast
- 1 /2 cup warm water
- 3 /4 cup warm evaporated milk
- 1 /4 cup oil
- 1 egg
- 1 /4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 4 cups flour (enough for a soft, non-sticky dough)
- 1 pound sausage
- 1 cup pizza sauce
- Shredded cheese
- Fry sausage and add pizza sauce.
- POCKET: Dissolve yeast in water. Add the rest of ingredients adding flour last and let rise once, till double. Then roll dough thin. Let rise again about 10 minutes.
- FILLING: Fry sausage and add pizza sauce. Layer ingredients as you like on dough circles.. Fold in half and press shut. Bake at 350 until golden brown.