Thursday, February 23, 2012

Home Made Hot Pockets

These are fun to make because you can put whatever flippin ingredients you want in them.    Lord knows Nestle has and I don't think anyone's complaining to them.

This is most everything I used...but you'll definitely need a couple of key ingredients and then you can do whatever you like. 

Unless you plan on making your own home made crust, go buy a refrigerated loaf of french bread.  You'll also need some flour for light dusting purposes. 

I chopped up a small onion, half of each a red and green bell pepper, and some minced garlic.   I threw that into a pan with a tablespoon of vegetable oil over high heat, stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes.  The chopped tomato and green onion are for later.

I went with hamburger as the meat for my filling because it's easy and not too risky for a first run at these guys.  

Use whatever herbs and spices you want to season your meat with.  I kept it simple. Seasoned salt, garlic salt and pepper.  

After browning the meat I added a couple of tablespoons of tomato paste, some diced tomato and chopped green onion.  I turned off the heat…the mixture needs to cool before you spoon it onto the dough and form the pockets. 

After you've let the meat mixture sit for awhile, take out your loaf and pinch off a couple of inches.  

Lightly dust a surface with flour, and then dust a rolling pin or a wine bottle too, Roll the piece of dough until it is thin and flat. 

One of the reasons the refrigerated french bread works so well is because it is spongy and stretchy. You can spoon quite a bit of your meat mixture onto the pockets and the dough will stretch around it. 

I also added cheese and pepperoni for a little extra grease.  Roll up the mixture into a pocket.

Then whisk an egg and a little milk in a bowl, and baste that over the pockets.  

Grease a baking sheet with some some cooking spray, put the pockets in the pan, and the pan in the oven at 425 degrees for about 10 minutes or until the tops are nice and golden brown.

And boom goes the dynamite. Home made hot pocket.  Eat up.  Life tastes better when enclosed in a pocket made of bread.  

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