When most individuals consider pie, they consider one thing candy. Nonetheless, I’ve by no means had a lot of a candy tooth, so I’m often craving one thing savory.
Sure! Pie crust can be utilized for savory fillings like these Pepperoni Pizza Pockets! The crispy, browned crust paired with creamy mozzarella and tangy pizza sauce is a winner. It’s like a conveyable pizza, or a mini-calzone, and even these store-bought Scorching Pockets—besides flakier!
These are simple to make and nice as a dinner served with a salad, or you possibly can serve them for a hearty sport day appetizer. Any method you serve them, they are going to be successful.
Selfmade Pie Crust vs. Retailer-Purchased
I’m not a stickler on home made vs. store-bought pie crust for recipes like this one. If I’m making an genuine full pie, I’m making home made crust nearly each time, following a recipe like this Excellent Pie Crust. However store-bought crust is usually simpler to work with and is available.
Both is totally positive for this recipe, so use your desire! To make life simpler, I used Pillsbury pie crusts for this model. Ensure that they thaw effectively earlier than you attempt to work with them, and be at liberty to re-roll them as soon as to make use of as a lot crust as attainable.
Filling the Pizza Pockets
I stored the fillings easy for this model, however you may flip any model of pizza right into a hand pie like this! Simply keep in mind to maintain the filling quantities underneath management. In the event you overfill the hand pies, they’ll explode within the oven, and also you’ll have an enormous hand pie mess in your, effectively, fingers.
Assuming you need to strive my pepperoni pizza possibility, be sure you comply with the quantities I give for every ingredient so that you don’t overfill them.
In the event you fall in love with this idea, strive combining Buffalo hen and smoked Gouda or broccoli and cheddar.
Sealing the Hand Pies
You need to ensure to get a superb seal on these hand pies so that they don’t bust open. I like to recommend utilizing egg wash for this, because it creates a extremely sturdy seal. Simply frivolously brush the crust across the edges along with your fingers, after which crimp the dough collectively.
Secret to Golden Brown Crust
Many conventional pies, candy or in any other case, bake for 45 to 60 minutes and get a brilliant golden brown crust in that period of time. These hand pies want a lot much less time within the oven, which suggests they gained’t brown as a lot with out some assist.
To assist get that golden brown crust, I prefer to brush them with some egg wash. You also needs to use the egg wash to verify the hand pies are sealed all the best way.
The egg wash doesn’t change the flavour of the hand pies in any method, however simply provides them somewhat additional crunch and an attractive, shiny, golden brown exterior.
Freezing Your Pizza Pockets
If you wish to freeze these hand pies, I like to recommend baking them first, letting them cool utterly, then wrapping and freezing them in hermetic containers. They are going to freeze nice for just a few months. To maintain the crust flaky, reheat them in a 325°F oven for 20 minutes till thawed and the cheese is melty.