Pizza Pockets

  • Preparation Time15 mins
  • Cooking Time15 mins
  • Serves18
  • DifficultyMedium

For the dough:

2 teaspoons instant or active dry yeast
8 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
2/3 cup olive oil, plus more for coating the bowl

For the mushroom version:

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 onion, diced
8 ounces white button mushrooms, sliced
8 ounces brown button mushrooms, sliced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
1/4 cup white wine
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
8 ounces fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced
4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled

For the meat version:

8 ounces Italian sausage
Olive oil, for browning sausage
1 jar marinara sauce
8 ounces fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced
4 ounces pepperoni
4 ounces Canadian bacon
1 egg, beaten

1. For the dough, sprinkle the yeast over 3 cups warm (not lukewarm) water. Let stand for a few minutes.

2. In a mixer, combine the flour and salt. With the mixer running on low speed (with a paddle attachment), drizzle in the olive oil until combined with the flour. Next, pour in the yeast/water mixture and mix until just combined and the dough comes together. (The dough will be sticky.) Form the dough into a ball.

3. Coat a separate mixing bowl with a light drizzle of olive oil and toss the dough in the olive oil to coat. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and set it aside for 1 hour to rise. Then put it in the fridge to chill for 2 hours or longer. (The dough is much easier to work with when very cold.)

4. For the mushroom version, add the olive oil to a pan with the heat on medium and sauté the garlic and onions for about a minute. Add the mushrooms and thyme and sauté for 3 minutes. Add the white wine and reduce for a couple of minutes until most of the liquid is gone. Season with salt and pepper. Let cool to room temperature.

5. For the meat version, crumble the Italian sausage into a skillet with some olive oil and brown until cooked through, 5 minutes. Let cool.

6. When you are ready to make the pizza pockets, take half the dough and roll it out into a large rectangle. Cut into 18 rectangles with a rectangular cutter. Put 9 of the rectangles onto a baking sheet and top them with the fillings for the meat version: some marinara sauce, mozzarella, sausage, pepperoni and Canadian bacon. Lay the other 9 rectangles on top and crimp the edges with a fork. Brush with the beaten egg. Put into the freezer to flash-freeze for 30 minutes.

7. Repeat with the other half of the dough and the fillings for the mushroom version: some mozzarella, goat cheese and the sautéed mushrooms.

8. When the pockets have been flash-frozen, transfer to ziptop bags and store in the freezer.

9. When ready to cook, place on a baking sheet and bake at 230°C for 10 to 12 minutes.

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