That same crust is the foundation for today's post. Same dough, just in a slightly different form. This time around I made pizza pockets. These little guys are kind of like calzones I guess, which is basically a pizza folded over on top of itself.
One thing I like best about these lovely pockets is that all the ingredients inside them really meld together as they bake and you end up with all this gooey goodness oozing all over the place when you bite into them. Another thing I like is that they are incredibly versatile. Just like a pizza, they're pretty hard to mess up. You can add any sauce, cheese, spices, meat and veggies that you like.
The only thing I would caution you with is making sure not to add so many fillings that you can't seal the pockets. A lot of times it looks like you don't have much piled there, and then when you try to fold the pocket everything spills out all over the place.
This also makes a great meal for kids and gets them involved in the cooking process. Give each one their own pre-rolled circle of dough and let them fill it themselves...with a close watchful eye nearby :)
Pizza dough, divided into tennis ball sized portions
*The below amounts are for EACH pizza pocket*
1 1/2 tsp sauce
1/3 C cheese (I used white American, but you can use any kind you have on hand)
1/3 C chicken, cooked
1/8 tsp oregano
1/8 tsp basil
2 1/2 tsp olive oil
1 1/2 tsp parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Roll each tennis sized ball out into a 6 inch diameter circle. The bigger the circle, the more room you have for fillings!
Place sauce, cheese and chicken on one side of the circle. Then sprinkle with oregano and basil.
Of course you can always add a little extra cheese if you like :)
Fold over circle, making sure the fillings don't spill out. Press edges together to seal. If needed, use a fork to press down and ensure the edges are indeed firmly sealed.
Brush pockets with olive oil and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
Bake 15-20 min or until brown.