Saturday, November 20, 2010

Homemade Hot Pockets

Homemade hot pockets! There’s nothing they can package up and sell at the grocery store that you can’t make better at home. I know this looks difficult, but it is so easy, and so worth the time!

1 1/2 cups warm milk
1 teaspoon yeast
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
4 cups all-purpose flour

In a large bowl, combine warm milk with yeast and sugar. Let sit for five minutes. Add salt, vegetable oil, and egg. Stir in flour until the dough is stiff enough to knead. (Add flour a little at a time. Four cups flour is approximate; exact amount may vary.) Knead dough until smooth and elastic–a few minutes. Place dough in a greased bowl; cover. Let rise until doubled.

Now it’s time to make hot pockets! Make any kind of hot pockets you want. Use any kind of “wet” (condiment) ingredient you mustard, salad dressing, tomato sauce, etc, with any kind of sliced or shredded meat (this makes a really tasty use for leftover meat), plus any kind of shredded cheese.

Punch down dough and divide in two. Roll each half into an approximately 8 x 12 inch rectangle. Using a pizza cutter, slice each rectangle into six parts.

Place condiment, meat, and cheese on each part and pull dough around to seal. (I used roast beef, and swiss here.) They look messy, but it's ok just flip them over

Bake at 350-degrees for about 25 minutes, or until browned. (Keep an eye on ‘em.) Cool on wire racks.

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