Super Easy DIY Pockets

Super Easy DIY Pockets

Now that I have a dough that I can actually work with, I’ve been making my very own hot pockets. It’s so easy and simple. It’s basically the same dough from VegWeb that I had used for Seitan in a Blanket with just an extra bit of seasonings.

This is totally the dough for me – I don’t have to deal with yeast or anything scary like that. Doesn’t matter if the pockets don’t come out perfect and are sadly misshapen like mine. Let’s just say they’re “rustic”.

The filling can be pretty much whatever you want. I used leftovers, making it super quick as well as getting rid of stuff in the fridge. I made one with pizza sauce, Daiya Mozzarella and sliced seitan dogs. I still had a bit of Cantonese Style Curry hanging around so I used that in the other pocket.

Super Easy DIY Pockets

The topping is King Arthur Flour Everything Bread & Bagel Topping – a blend of poppy and sesame seeds, dried onion, garlic and salt. It’s a little bit on the salty side with the topping. So I tried the dough with and without the salt and it works either way if you’re looking to cut down on the sodium.

Super Easy DIY Pockets
Makes 2 pockets

Crust
1/2 cup flour
1 tablespoon cornmeal
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup water
Large pinch of bread topping

Filling
Can be anything from

  • pizza sauce, seitan sausage and vegan cheese
  • curry veggies
  • sautéed spinach and mushrooms and vegan cheese

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Combine all of the crust ingredients, except the water and bread topping, in a bowl and mix until it looks like coarse meal. Add a little bit of water at a time, mixing until the dough comes together in a ball (I added less than a 1/4 cup of water).

Sprinkle a bit of cornmeal on the work surface and rolling pin so the dough doesn’t stick. Divide the dough in half and roll it out into a thin circle. The thinness should be based on what you’re planning to fill it with. For the pizza filling, it can be fairly thin; for something like the curry where it’s a bit more chunky, it should be thicker otherwise you start to get holes poking through.

Place the filling on one side, leaving about an 1/2 inch edge, do not over stuff. Carefully bring the other side over the top and press along the edges to seal. Repeat with the other dough half.

Place the pockets on a well-oiled baking sheet and brush the tops with olive oil. Sprinkle with the bread topping. Bake for about 20 minutes until the top and edges are lightly browned and warmed through.

26 Comments so far

  1. 81kia on February 28th, 2011

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  2. Hannah on February 28th, 2011

    Gotta love a portable meal, wrapped up in bread! And such a creative use of leftovers, great approach to never getting bored of the same old, same old.

  3. Noelle on February 28th, 2011

    Looks very delicious! I agree with you when concerning yeast. Sometimes I do not even want the hassle of dealing with it.

  4. Sounds great! on February 28th, 2011

    Will they keep well in a freezer? I miss the days of toaster oven meals.

  5. Erin on February 28th, 2011

    Man, that looks delicious! I bet they would totally keep in the freezer.

  6. DJ Karma (VegSpinz) on February 28th, 2011

    Those look awesome- nothing wrong with rustic! :)

  7. Trudy ~ veggie num num on February 28th, 2011

    Yum! these little pockets looks super tasty and a great way to transform boring old leftovers into a delicious new meal, so good!!

  8. jessy on February 28th, 2011

    ah ha ha! i think pretty much everything we make has that “rustic” look to it! tee hee! dan is going to flip over there – i am just imagining all the awesome i can stuff them with! the possibilities are truly endless!

  9. chow on February 28th, 2011

    Thanks everyone for your comments! I haven’t actually tried freezing the pockets yet since I only make two at a time. Next time I’ll make a double batch and see how well they freeze.

  10. Jes on March 1st, 2011

    These pockets are rockin’! I should totally make some up to freeze & then eat for lunch at work. Mmm.

  11. Christina on March 1st, 2011

    Those rustic pockets look FANTASTIC to me! And with curry? Oh, my!!

  12. JoLynn-dreaminitvegan on March 1st, 2011

    Wow! These are so cool! I must make these.

  13. Andrea on March 1st, 2011

    Nothing like the originals, I’m sure. These look great — I’m a big fan of rustic, hot and savory pies. I wish I’d read this before I used up our leftover curried chickpeas and squash.

  14. zava on March 2nd, 2011

    great :)

  15. julialikesred on March 2nd, 2011

    I wanna eat this sooooo bad. Looks fantastic.

  16. Michelle on March 2nd, 2011

    Oh, these look great. I’m going to have to try them. Thanks for sharing!

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  18. cheryl on March 4th, 2011

    these are awesome! i made them last night with a nice mix of peppers, onions, potatoes and vegan cheesy sauce… DELICIOUS and even more yummy the next morning, thanks for sharing..i cant wait to stuff more with whatever i can find :D

  19. Lindsay@cookveganlover on March 4th, 2011

    YUM YUM YUM! this sounds great I need to make these!

  20. Heather on March 6th, 2011

    These look tasty! I’m going to give it a try tonight (pizza pockets). I think a potpie pocket would be pretty tasty too!

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  22. Gabrielle Lyons on March 16th, 2011

    Those are some hot, hot pockets!!!

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  24. Gauri Radha on June 17th, 2011

    These look good!!

  25. Kelly on August 27th, 2013

    Made these tonite and they were “Awesome”

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