Semi-Homemade Hot Pockets

We’ve made it to Thursday! One more day in the work week, then it’s time to enjoy the weekend! It looks like it’s going to be especially nice around here weather-wise, so I’m looking forward to enjoying my two days off of work!

The other evening, I tried a new-to-me recipe that was e-mailed to me via Kraft foods — Ham ‘n Cheese Calzones.

I followed the recipe exactly, using Pillsbury Refrigerated Pizza Crust.

Everything came together quickly. I simply rolled out the dough, cut it into 5 long pieces, added 2-3 slices of deli ham & a spoonful of the cheese/Ranch dressing combo the recipe called for. Next, I folded over the dough to create the “calzone,” & pinched the edges of the dough with a fork. In no more than 10 minutes, they were ready for baking.

I was truly impressed with the result! I wasn’t expecting much – the ingredients weren’t anything that special, after all. However, these calzones reminded me so much of Hot Pockets – an item I used to love & always have on hand.

My mind is already spinning with other ingredients to bake in this pizza dough. I’m planning on trying turkey & cheese, broccoli & cheese, & maybe something with turkey pepperoni!

I also think this dough would work great in a dessert… perhaps mini apple pies will be on my to-do list in the coming weeks!

While I can appreciate homemade pizza dough, using this “shortcut” proved to be both time-saving & delicious!

Were you ever a fan of Hot Pockets? What are some flavor combinations you’d like to try with this dough? I just remembered those breakfast Hot Pockets! Another great idea!

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  1. Angela @ Health, Happiness & Harmony says:

    Those look delicious! We have something around here at pizzerias called “rolls”. There are chicken rolls, broccoli rolls, etc. Essentially they are dough wrapped around the filling of anything you would put on a pizza or on a sub roll. I tried to recreate at home, making it a bit healthier with grilled chicken, basil and fresh mozzarella in a whole wheat dough. Cut it into pieces and dipped it in marinara. :)
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