Ingredient List
For the Pizza Pockets:
  • 1 tube refrigerated pizza crust, whole grain if available
  • ½ pound lean ground beef
  • ½ small onion, diced
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 24 pepperoni slices
  • Small can of pizza sauce
  • ½ cup shredded cheese
  • Olive oil
For the pockets
  • Brown ground beef with diced onion and black pepper. Tip: To make assembly of the pockets go more quickly, complete this step the night before or earlier in the day and refrigerate until ready to use.

  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Spray non-stick baking sheet with cooking spray.

  • Open refrigerated pizza crust and unroll onto baking sheet.  Using fingers, spread dough into larger rectangle about 14”x 10”.

  • Image: Six sections of dough.

    Using a pizza cutter cut the dough in half and then make two equal cuts lengthwise to make six sections of dough. (see diagram above)

  • To each dough section, add a thin layer of pizza sauce, approximately 1 Tablespoon. When spreading the sauce, leave roughly 1 inch of the dough around the perimeter free of sauce. To the center of each section add 4 slices of pepperoni, ¼ cup hamburger mixture and top with approximately 1 tablespoon shredded cheese. If any meat or cheese remains distribute equitably among sections.  Tip: Using cooled ground beef will make it easier to form the pockets as the dough is less likely to tear.

  • Take one of the short edges of the section and fold over to the other short edge. Pinch the edges to seal the contents and make a pocket. Flip the pocket so that the pinched edges are on the baking sheet. Do this for all six pockets.

  • Bake pockets until slightly brown, about 12-15 minutes. Pull pockets from oven and brush with olive oil. Bake for an additional minute.

  • While the pockets are baking prepare a salad and fresh fruit for a healthy meal! These pockets are a great on-the-go meal option. Wrap in foil to keep warm until you get to your destination.

Nutrition Information
  • Per Serving (1 pocket): 408 calories, 177 calories from fat, 20g fat, 8g saturated fat, 69mg cholesterol, 1032 mg sodium, 35g total carbohydrates, 2g dietary fiber, 5g sugars, 22g protein, 1.8% folate, 4% vitamin C, 8% calcium, 17% iron.

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