Ham and Cheese Pockets

Today I am sharing with you a recipe from my childhood. Oh how we loved my mother when she made these for us. It makes me giddy because this time when I made them I ripped one up small and gave some to Luke and he loved it already. I am going to be the best mom once I can buy his happiness with these ham and cheese pockets…oh yeah!

Here’s what you need:

 frozen Rhodes roll dough (if you are superwoman, go ahead and make your own roll dough…sigh)
ham or turkey
grated cheese
italian seasoning

*note: Yes, I have made pizza pockets. The thing is, I don’t like things soggy, so when I make them I don’t put any sauce. I think they are delicious subbing ham for pepperoni and your cheese for mozzarella, still adding the Italian seasoning. The ham and cheese are still my favorite though!

 First things first, thaw your dough. 1 roll equals 1 pocket, so plan accordingly. If your house is warm, it should only take 3-4 hours to thaw. If it’s winter, I usually pull them out the night before to make the next morning. DON’T forget to grease your pan!

Once your dough is thawed, get your assembly area ready. I like to cut up my meat first so its ready, then flour your counter top and grab your cheese and seasoning.

You are going to assemble your pockets one at a time. Grab a dough ball and roll it out. It won’t get very big, but don’t worry, they expand when baking.

Then, in the center of your roll, add your ham, cheese and seasoning (the seasoning goes a long way, don’t leave it out unless you have to!)

Pick a side and fold it over, forming a half moon. Make sure to press along the edges so their are no holes for your cheese to bubble out of. Assemble pockets on a greased baking sheet and bake according to the normal rolls times. For mine, I do 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Also, I like to sprinkle a little extra cheese or seasoning on top for a garnish.

Enjoy! I hope you made a bunch, I can promise they will go fast ;).

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    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.

    PS I am following you now. If you like Carole’s Chatter it would be great if you followed me back.


      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 :).

    Heather Collea

    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!


    My 7 year old would love these! Thanks for sharing.