I finally found a way to save time and money making one of the boys’ favorite lunchtime meals – hot pockets. Of course I haven’t actually spent money on the frozen sandwiches simply because they are WAY out of my budget and full of not-so-appetizing preservatives. No, my boys love anything that is encased in homemade bread. It’s my number one trick to getting them to eat veggies – I hide them inside the bread mixed with whatever kind of meat. My oldest thinks he’s eating a regular sandwich every time and inhales his “pocket.” Hehehe!
So the idea is to make a batch of the crescent roll dough instead of pizza dough because it has a lighter, fluffier texture and taste. You could go ahead and make all the pockets and bake them in advance before freezing, but I like the fresh-baked taste best. I don’t mind taking a little extra time to prepare a hot lunch instead of reheating something from the freezer.
To make the crescent dough go here for the recipe and instructions. After your dough has risen and you punch it down, come back to this post and follow the rest of the directions for the hot pockets.
Cut your dough into 16 chunks and shape into balls. Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet, cover and freeze for 2-3 hours (or until solid).
After frozen, remove from the cookie sheet and place inside a freezer zipper bag and put back inside the freezer until you are ready to make your hot pockets.
Each dough ball will make two (2) hot pockets [or 1 savory chicken square]. Pull out however much you need for your meal and let thaw for about 20-30 minutes on top of a piece of parchment paper or plastic wrap.
Divide each dough ball into two triangles (or whatever shape you want) and place cheese and turkey on the longest end. You can also make a pizza pocket by filling with mozzarella and pepperoni. Roll toward the point.
Place on a greased cookie sheet inside a preheated oven at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.
Brush with melted butter as soon as you pull them out of the oven and serve.
It really doesn’t take that much time to put these together for a hot lunch. Again, the few extra minutes it takes to whip these up is TOTALLY worth the end results!