It's national pizza day everybody! We thought rather than just give you a straight up flat pizza recipe we would shake things up a bit with something you can hold in the palm of your hand. A pizza pocket!
You can use pre-made pizza dough or if you want to go the extra mile and make it from scratch we've got a step by step post here.
ingredients (makes 6 pockets):
1 package of pre-made pizza dough from the deli section of your grocery store
1/3 C all-purpose or whole wheat flour (for rolling out your dough)
1 can pizza pasta sauce (we like Eden Organics brand)
1 package Daiya jack-style wedge or mozzarella style shreds
1 ½ C sliced mushrooms
3/4 C chopped green pepper
1/2 C basil leaves
1 green onion, thinly sliced
1 tbsp dried chilli flakes
1/4 C olive oil
Pre-heat your oven to 450F.
Remove the fresh pizza dough from the bag and place the ball of dough on a lightly floured surface. Cut the ball in half and each half into thirds, for a total of 6 smaller balls of dough.
Lightly flour a rolling pin and continue to lightly flour your rolling surface as you go to prevent the dough from sticking. Roll out one small ball of dough until it is approximately 7”-8” wide. It doesn't have to be a perfect circle or oval, as long as you can tell that folding it in half will look relatively like a half-moon shape.
Place 1-2 tbsp of pizza sauce on the surface of the dough with a spoon and leave about a 1/2” of space from the edge of the dough. Place your toppings on one half of the sauced part of the dough. Try to have a bit of cheese on the bottom and the top. If you’re using the daiya jack-style wedge, cut the whole wedge into 6 even strips or chunks and use 1 piece per pocket (breaking it up into smaller pieces).
Fold the dough over the toppings. Then fold both edges upward and pinch together simultaneously around the circumference of the pocket. Then take a fork and press the prongs of the fork into the folded and pinched edge as extra reinforcement to stay closed. Watch the video above for a full step-by-step of this process.
Lightly oil a baking sheet with about 1 tbsp of olive oil. Place finished pockets on the baking sheet and brush each with another tablespoon of oil on the surface and the edges of the pocket. Bake for 15-18 minutes until crispy and golden brown on the edges. Once baked, let the pockets sit for a few minutes before serving or cutting in half.