Homemade Hot Pockets—bread pockets with a filling of marinara sauce, cheese and pepperonis. They can be frozen for an easy lunch or snack. Use the yogurt function on your Instant Pot to quickly raise the bread dough.
Homemade Hot Pockets
Instant Pot Homemade Hot Pockets are 1000 times better than regular hot pockets. They are fun to make too! Freeze the leftovers and pop into the microwave for a quick snack or lunch. These remind me of calzones a bit.
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I got the idea for hot pockets from the runzas I made a couple of weeks ago. The bread dough used in the runzas was so easy to make and so tasty. I thought it would be fun to try different fillings inside the dough. This time around we tried a pizza/lasagna filling and it turned out delicious. Ideally I would freeze the leftovers to have a quick lunch at-the-ready for kids during the summer. Unfortunately, they are already all gone. Next time doubling the recipe might be in order.
Some Homemade Hot Pockets Tips
- The dough is FAST and easy. There is just a bit of mixing that occurs and no real kneading. Plus the dough only needs to raise one time. With the help of your Instant Pot yogurt function you can raise the dough in less than 30 minutes. If you don’t have the yogurt button the dough will raise in about an hour.
- Stuff the dough with enough but not too much filling. You want a good filling to bread ratio but not so much that the dough bursts open. I weighed my dough into 3.75 ounce portions so that they were all equal and then I used almost a ½ cup of filling.
- The filling can be made to your liking. I used a jar of spaghetti sauce, chopped pepperoni, sausage, bacon, mozzarella, parmesan and ricotta. But you can mix and match what you like and what you have in your fridge. Some other choices would be sliced olives, peppers, mushrooms, ham, pineapple, etc. Think of all the pizza toppings that you like! Next time I’m going to try a chicken alfredo version of a pizza pocket.
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Dough bread pockets with a filling of marinara sauce, cheese and pepperonis. They can be frozen for an easy lunch or snack. Use the yogurt function on your Instant Pot to quickly raise the bread dough.
For the dough:
- 4 ½ to 5 ½ cups all purpose flour
- ¼ cup white sugar
- 4 ½ tsp instant yeast (also called quick rise yeast)
- 1 tsp salt
- ¾ cup milk
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup butter
- 2 eggs, slightly beaten
For the filling:
- 1 (24 oz) jar marinara sauce/spaghetti sauce
- ½ cup chopped pepperoni
- 1 cup grated mozzarella
- ½ cup shredded parmesan cheese
- Optional: ½ pound ground Italian sausage, browned and drained
- Optional: ½ cup crumbled bacon
- Optional: ½ cup ricotta cheese
- In a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook (or in a large mixing bowl) add 1 ½ cups flour, sugar, yeast and salt. Set aside.
- In the microwave or on the stove heat the milk, water and butter to 120°-130° F (this isn’t that hot, I use a digital thermometer*)
- Pour the wet ingredients into the flour mixture. Stir a few strokes. Then add in the eggs. Mix on low speed adding in 1 cup of flour at a time until it starts to clear the sides of the bowl. Knead the dough until it is smooth and elastic (just a minute or two).
- Place dough in a greased bowl and let raise for 1 hour OR place in greased Instant Pot liner and set Instant Pot to yogurt function LESS (use adjust button to get it to less, it should say 24 hours) and let it raise for 25-30 minutes. Dough will double in size.
- While dough is raising prepare the filling. Add spaghetti sauce, pepperoni, mozzarella, parmesan, sausage, bacon and ricotta to a bowl and stir.
- Punch the dough down. Then divide it into 12 equal portions (mine was 3.75 ounces each). Work with one portion of dough at a time. With a rolling pin, roll a portion of dough into 6 inch x 8 inch rectangle/oblong shape. Scoop a heaping ½ cup of filling into the middle of the dough. Bring two sides of dough up to each other and pinch to close, pinch the ends to close as well.
- Place each filled dough (seam side down) onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (you might need 2 pans to fit all of them). Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and let cool for about 10 minutes and then serve.
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