Homemade Hot Pockets

Because we are now in milk I’m making cheese. Last week I made chèvre and over the weekend I made mozzarella. Fresh goat mozzarella doesn’t taste goaty at all and is very close to cows mozzarella. I need to improve the texture a bit but I’m sure that will come with time. It was still good and melts beautifully so I made homemade hot pockets for the kids today. It was a test run for school lunch boxes. They are too big but will work if they heat one up and half it.

First, I made pizza dough.

Combine 1/2 cup warm water, 1.5 tsp yeast and 1 tbs sugar. Let it activate in a warm spot.

Mix 1 cup of warm water and flour (I use my kitchen aid) and when the yeast is frothy mix that in. Mix hard for a minute or so then slowly add 3 more cups of flour, 3 tbs olive oil and 1.5 tsp salt. Use dough hook to knead for about 5 minutes or until it has formed a stretchy but not wet ball. Let rise for an hour. I put a little avocado oil in the bottom of my mixer boil and put the dough back in then cover with a towel and sit on the stove top.

Once the dough has doubled in size roll out small balls

I even had some volunteer help

I added marinara, pepperoni and my goat mozzarella

And chicken instead of pepperoni for a few

Fold over and mash edges together. Toddler hands are not necessary for this job but can make for interesting looking hot pockets if used.

Bake at 450 for 12 minutes

I served with carrots and grapes…the kids loved them

I have 8 to go into the freezer. They probably won’t be there when school starts in three weeks so I’ll just plan to make more. I’ll probably double the batch to stock up.

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