Today, I decided to do some make ahead cooking. I needed something quick and easy for those days when we barely have time to get from point A to point B. I had spaghetti sauce that needed to be used so I decided to make some pizza pockets. I used the recipe from http://heavenlyhomemakers.com/healthy-treat-for-today-homemade-pizza-pockets
|The dough ingredients. 3 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour, 1 cup of butter melted (I used a butter/canola blend that I got for free), a dash of salt, and a cup of yogurt. (I was out of yogurt so I mixed water with sour cream until it was yogurt like in consistency.)|
|Toss in your mixer bowl and mix away. You can use any type of mixer or even your hands for this.|
|It's done when the dough pulls together and the sides of the bowl are almost clean. The dough resembles shortbread. FYI add a cup of sugar or more until it tastes sweet enough to be dessert and VOILA! you have shortbread dough. ;)|
|I used the cheese I had on hand. You can make pizza with ANY kind of cheese, don't worry about not having mozzarella or Italian cheeses. I actually prefer cheddar on my pizza, unless I have the option of goat cheese. MMMmmmmm|
|Glob some sauce (use less than you think you'll need), sprinkle cheese, and strategically place sausages, You need them to end up as close to the fold as possible or else they will try to escape and make your pretty little pocket look like a culinary horror film.|
|Fold over and crimp edges with a fork. See the sausage attempting to escape? Blood, I mean, sauce oozed out of that opening when they were baked.|
I added more flour, baking powder, a little yeast for flavor, and some water and tossed the remaining dough back in my mixer to make a sturdier crust that we could bump without worry. This dough was exactly what I had in mind for a good pocket, however, I have no idea how much of this-and-that that I added to make it into the perfect crust...
I also made some turkey and cheese pockets and some pigs in a blanket that my oldest begged me to make. If you have to use your oven, make it worth your time.
We have enough make aheads for two dinners and a few lunches. :)