Sausage and Pepper Hot Pockets

November 15, 2019 • 0 comments

I was trying to come up with things for the freezer that I could have for easy lunches, and found homemade hot pockets. Freezer to plate in 90 seconds! I don't know how long they are going to last in the freezer, I keep eating them! They are so much tastier and heartier than the pre-made ones. I did two variations, this recipe is for an Italian Sausage & Peppers pocket, and I also did a pizza version with Italian sausage and pepperoni, cheese, and sauce. Just make sure you cook the sausage first! I even found an easy pizza crust recipe
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  • Servings: approx. 8 large pockets

Ingredients

  • (1 LB) Italian Sausage
  • (2, sliced) Green, Red, Orange or Yellow Peppers
  • (1 , sliced) Onion
  • (2 Cloves, minced) Garlic
  • (1/2 C) Tomato Sauce
  • (12oz shredded) Mozzarella
  • Salt and Pepper
  • (4 Cups) Flour
  • (1.5 TBS) Yeast
  • (3 TBS) Olive Oil
  • (1.5 Cups) Warm Water

Directions

To make the crust-
- Add flour, 1.5 tsp salt, and yeast to a food processor.  Pulse until well mixed
- Pulse in olive oil
- Keep machine running and pour in WARM water.  Let it run until the dough pulls away from the edges.
- Put dough in a greased bowl and cover, rise until doubled in size.  Approximately 1-2 hours

To make the filling-
-  Cook sausage in a large skillet until brown.  Break it up into small balls as it cooks (approximately the size you would use on a pizza).  
- Add sliced peppers, onions and garlic and cook until veggies cook down, about 6-7 minutes.
- Add tomato sauce and 1/4 cup water if it's dry.  Season with salt and pepper

To make Calzones-
-Preheat oven to 375*
-Divide dough into approx. 8 pieces
-Roll out one piece at a time into a circle.  Add cheese, sausage filling and more cheese
-Brush the edges with an egg wash and fold it over, crimp edges.  
-Brush the top with egg wash, cut a few slits and transfer to baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
-Cook hot pockets/calzones for 35 minutes until golden brown.

To freeze, let cool.  Wrap individually with plastic wrap and put them in either foil or a ziploc freezer bag.  To cook, take one out and unwrap it, place it in a paper towel and cook for 90 seconds in the microwave.  Enjoy!

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