Today I am sharing a favorite recipe from my childhood. Oh how we loved my mother when she made these homemade hot pockets and pizza pockets for us. They are made with frozen roll dough and filled with sandwich or pizza toppings. You can split up the dough and make some for everybody.
If you are looking for some other easy kid friendly dinner ideas, you will love our spaghetti pie or our easy roasted kielbasa and veggies! Or you can browse our entire dinner gallery here!
Homemade Hot Pockets
I hesitate to even call them hot pockets because they are SO much better than the store bought version! We love making pizza pocket versions, too. They save great in the fridge too, so if you don’t eat them all I like to send them in school lunches the next day!
Sandwich Pocket Ingredients
- Frozen Roll Dough
- Lunch Meat
- Grated Cheese
- Italian Seasoning
Pizza Pocket Ingredients
- Frozen Roll Dough
- Mozzarella Cheese
- Pizza Sauce
- Italian Seasoning
Picture 1: Thaw you’re dough. 1 roll equals 1 pocket, so plan accordingly. If your house is warm it should only take a few hours to thaw. If it’s winter I like to pull dough out the night before and set them on a greased cookie sheet to thaw, then I assemble them the next morning.
Picture 2: Flour your countertop and roll out into flat oval shapes. It won’t get very big, but don’t worry, they expand when baking.
Picture 3: Prep your meat by cutting it into small pieces, then grate your cheese. Top dough with desired toppings.
Picture 4: Fold dough over toppings and pinch the edges closed forming a half moon. Sprinkle with cheese and Italian seasoning. Assemble pockets on a greased baking sheet and bake according to the normal rolls times. For mine, I do 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
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Easy Homemade Hot Pockets
- 12 frozen rhodes roll dough thawed
- 2 cups cheese
- 1 pkg pepperoni or other deli meat
- 1/2 cup pizza sauce *if making pizza pockets
- Italian seasoning
- flour for dusting countertop
- other assorted fillings as desired
- Set your frozen Rhodes roll dough on a greased cookie sheet to thaw. 1 roll = 1 pizza pocket. Remember, we aren't wanting the dough to rise, just to soften. It usually takes 1-2 hours to thaw depending on heat of house etc.
- Once dough is soft, grate your cheese and chop your meat.
- Arrange everything in a assembly station of sorts. Lightly flour the counter top and grab your first roll. Roll dough into a flat oval shape.
- If you are making pizza pockets add about a teaspoonful of pizza sauce to the middle of the dough, primarily on one side and spread it around.
- Top with cheese and other toppings.
- Add a shake or two of your Italian seasoning.
- Pull the empty side of the dough over the top of the full side and pinch the edges closed.
- Set finished roll on greased cookie sheet and repeat for all of the other pockets.
- Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and the outsides are firm to the touch.
Enjoy! I hope you made a bunch, I can promise they will go fast!
The BEST!! I love these! And so do the kids. Win!
These are so delicious! I cannot wait to make more. I think they would be great for school lunches too.
Yes!! They totally would!
Going to made these for sure! I just want to add that Goya sells empenada dough, and it is already cut into circles for you! Less work imp. I make empenadas with them, and they are great.
I change it up a litle and instead of ham and cheese I made chicen alfredo pockets :) they were very yummy and the kids LOVED them! Love your site!
I just made these for the 2nd time. They are great! I pulled the last 4 I had in the freezer and took them with us on a beach fishing tournament/camping trip a couple of weeks ago. We had a bunch of people and everyone was to do their own breakfast. The first day we got up, I pulled these out, and we got 2, others asked for the other 2, then I had to give your “recipe” to them. Thanks for the great idea, and you’re right, the Italian seasoning MAKES these!
Thanks so much for coming back to comment, you totally made my night! I am so glad you like them! I totally need to get in the habit of making extras and freezing them, so convenient!
Ryan and Kelsey
I don’t know how I missed this post.. but this just made my day!! Takes me back to Oak Manor Drive. :)
Hi there. This week’s Food on Friday is all about ham. So it would be great if you linked this in. This is the link . Have a good week.
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Awesome, thank you for the invite and for following!
I can’t wait to check out your blog!
Mmm…these look yummy! You don’t have to be superwoman to make your own dough though. There’s a book and a blog called Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day. It’s as easy as mixing up the dough, letting it rise, putting it in the fridge(it keeps for a week or more), pinching off your dough and baking! It’s wonderful and super easy. Try it!
Thanks so much for the tip! I can’t wait to try it out, I hope they have the book at the library :).
Would pizza dough work instead of roll dough?
I think it should! I have never tried it but just follow the baking directions for the dough you use and it should work just fine!
How would you go about freezing and microwaving these? I’m *guessing* bake, flash freeze, wrap in wax paper & ziploc bag, into the freezer. Then reheat in microwave for X amount of time? My son would just absolutely LOVE these and I feel so guilty buying sodium laden hotpockets from the store…
I think they would totally freeze just like you said! Have you tried it? If so I would love to know how it turned out.
You probably wouldn’t even have to flash freeze if you let them cool first.
Also, I usually use press and seal saran wrap instead of wax paper but either would work just fine!
Michelles Tasty Creations
These look amazing! Can’t wait to try them. Thanks so much for stopping by Creative Thursday last week. I couldn’t do these parties without you. Can’t wait to see what you link up this week. Have a great week.
You make the best sandwiches! When are you making my lunch?
Thanks for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality!
Five Little Chefs
Fun! I was just looking for a recipe like this. I can think of so many combinations! I’d like to invite you to join Fantastic Thursday. Hope to see you there. hhttp://www.fivelittlechefs.com/2012/06/fantastic-thursday-link-party-1.html
Amy's Cooking Adventures
These look so yummy (and so pretty!)
Awesome! I have not thought of this before but they look so yummy and freezable! I bet you could just dip it in sauce if you did want to do pizza flavor instead of ham & cheese right!?
I needed a new to-go breakfast idea, this is perfect! Thanks!
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My 7 year old would love these! Thanks for sharing.
No problem at all! I hope they love them!