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Mini Pizza Pockets

Easy Cheesy Mini Pizza Pockets. A recipe that not only your kids will love but adults as well. They are savory, doughy, and super fun  to make! 

When growing up one of my sister and I’s favorite foods were pizza pockets and pizza rolls. We would beg my mom to get us these almost every time we would go to the grocery store. So after passing them in the grocery store I thought, why not make my own vegan version?

The first thing you want to do is make your pizza dough. It’s super simple to make and requires 1 hour for the dough to rise.

TIPS WHEN MAKING YOUR DOUGH

  • To make this pizza dough you only need 6 main ingredients, flour, water, oil, yeast, salt and sugar. You can also add additional seasoning to flavor your dough.
  • The cup of of warm water should be  105° -110° fahrenheit. Anything over 130° will kill the yeast when you add it to your bowl of water.
  • When you add the yeast to the water it should start to foam in the bowl of water. If your water does not foam correctly it might be because its too warm. If you do not see that it is not foaming, then I recommend starting over. 
  • This dough does not require a ton of kneading but just enough to make sure the dough forms a large ball around 3-5 minutes. The dough should not doughy but not super sticky. 
  • Brush a large bowl with a generous amount of  olive oil. Place the dough in the bowl and cover it with plastic wrap. Place it in a dark and warm area for about 1 hour or until it has almost doubled in size.

Now to my favorite part, rolling out the dough. To make sure my dough did not stick to the counter I laid parchment paper and lightly dusted the paper with flour. 

Roll the dough out on the parchment paper using a rolling pin. The dough should be about ¼ inches thick. Cut your dough into 3 inch circles. I used the bottom of a glass bowl to do this. Place the pieces of the circle dough on a large lined pan with parchment paper.

Get creative and add your favorite pizza pocket fillings. For these Mini Pizza Pockets I added mozzarella cheese, marinara sauce, vegan sausage, and nutritional yeast. Some other ideas for fillings include, bell peppers, mushrooms, spinach, basil, and vegan pepperonis. Just make sure to cut your ingredients up really small and not to over stuff your mini pockets.  

Step 1 – Add ½ tablespoon of marinara sauce toward one side of the dough, making sure to leave room on the edge of the dough. Then add 1 tablespoon of cheese, a couple pieces of sausage, and a sprinkle of nutritional yeast and dried oregano on top. You want to make sure not to over stuff your pockets. Use your best judgement on the amount of filling per pizza pocket. 

Step 2– Fold your dough in half carefully pressing the edges together. 

Step 3– Using a fork, seal the edges of the dough. You can add a little water to the edges of the dough to make them stick together. This will insure that your fillings do not come out while baking.

Before baking your mini pockets I recommend brushing the tops of your mini pockets with oil. This will allow them to get this nice golden brown color while they are baking. 

These Mini Pizza Pockets are: 

Vegan

Chewy

Doughy

Fun to make

Deliciously cheesy

When you make these Mini Pizza Pockets I would love if you would snap a photo of your food and share it with me on instagram @itsallgoodvegan.com. I can’t wait to see how you like it!

Mini Pizza Pockets

  • Servings: 18 mini pizza pockets
  • Difficulty: easy
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Easy Cheesy Mini Pizza Pockets. A recipe that not only your kids will love but adults as well. Savory, doughy, and super fun to make!


Dough

  • 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp of active dry yeast or 1 packet
  • 1 cup of warm water 105° -110° fahrenheit. Anything over 130° will kill the yeast.
  • 1 Tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp of dried oregano, basil, garlic, and thyme (optional)

Filling

  • 1 vegan sausage, cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, vegan
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 1 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, mix the warm water and yeast and set aside. The yeast should start to foam. Be careful not to make your water to warm or the yeast will not foam.
  2. Mix the flour, sugar, salt, and yeast water together in a bowl.
  3. Knead dough for 3-5 minutes forming it into a ball. It should be sticky but mangable. Add a Tbsp of water if it is still to dry.
  4. Brush a large bowl with a generous amount of olive oil. Place the dough in the bowl and cover it with plastic wrap. Set bowl in a dark and warm area for about 1 hour or until it has almost doubled in size.
  5. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit (204 c).
  6. Divide your dough into two pieces. Lay out a piece of parchment paper and lightly dust the surface with flour.
  7. Roll the dough out on the parchment paper using the rolling pin. It should be about ¼ inches thick.
  8. Cut your dough into 3 inch circles. I used the bottom of a glass bowl to do this.
  9. Place the pieces of the circle dough on a large greased baking pan.
  10. Add ½ tablespoon of marinara sauce toward one side of the dough, making sure to leave room on the edge of the dough. Then add 1 tablespoon of cheese, a couple pieces of sausage, and a sprinkle of nutritional yeast and dried oregano on top. *You don’t want to over stuff your pockets, so use your best judgement.
  11. Fold your dough in half carefully pressing the edges together. It should look like a mini pocket.
  12. Using a fork, seal the edges of the dough. You can add a little water to the edge to make it stick together.
  13. Brush the tops of the pizza pockets with oil and bake until golden, about 15 minutes.


Make it Your Own

  • If you have leftover dough after cutting your circles, roll it up into a ball, roll it out, and make more mini pizza pockets or a giant pizza pocket!
  • Be creative and add any type of pizza pocket fillings you want.
  • You can add additional seasoning to flavor your dough. Some of my favorites include oregano, basil, thyme and garlic.

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