A few years ago I found this recipe for making my own Ham and Cheese Pockets.
My girls loved to eat them with soup or to take them with them to lunch as as their was a microwave available to them at school. It was cheaper than buying hot pockets and they lived them better as well.
I changed the recipe some as I wanted to add a little more flavor to the filling, but my kids prefer just plain ham and cheese; they have rather bland taste buds.
These can be frozen and then taken out later and warmed up in the microwave or oven. I love that I can cook once and use these on busy days in the future!
Homemade Ham and Cheese Pockets
- ½ cup very warm water
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 tablespoons yeast
- ½ cup melted butter
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons salt
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 ½ cups warm milk
- 5 ½-6 cups flour
- 3 cups ham
- 3 cups mild cheddar cheese
- 1/2 large onion chopped (optional)
- 1/3 cup ranch dressing optional
- 3 Tablespoons zesty Italian dressing optional
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons honey Dijon mustard optional
In a small bowl or 1 cup measuring cup, mix warm water, sugar, and yeast until dissolved. Set aside.
In a large bowl, mix melted butter, eggs, salt, honey and milk. Add the yeast mixture. Blend well. Add flour, 1-2 cups at a time, until dough becomes firm enough to knead.
Lay dough out on a well-floured surface, kneading until smooth and elastic (about 5 minutes), adding flour as needed if it gets too sticky. (I kneaded it in my stand mixer at speed 2 for 2 minutes.) Set dough in a lightly greased bowl in a warm place to rise until double (about an hour).
Punch dough down. Divide into 20 balls. This is easiest if you divide the dough in half, then in half again, to have four large balls of dough. Divide each of those into 5 balls.
Roll each ball into a 5-6 inch circle. Fill with about ¼ cup of the ham and cheese mixture.
Fold the dough over and seal well. Place them on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake at 350° for 16-20 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack to cool completely. Stack in a gallon-sized freezer bag or plastic container and place in the freezer.
Microwave for 2 minutes, or place in an oven or toaster oven set at 350° for about 20 minutes. If they start to get too dark, place a piece of foil over the top.
My kids just like plain ham and cheese -- no onion, mustard or dressings. I thought it was a little plain that way, so I added the additional seasonings.
This mixture was enough for @15 hot pockets.
I also did some Chicken and Cheese Pockets:
- 2 cups chicken
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese
- 1 cup cheddar cheese
- 1/3 cup Caesar
- 3 Tablespoons salad dressing (Miracle Whip)
It made @14 hot pockets. I personally thought the Caesar taste was too strong, but my husband said he liked it.
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