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Can’t keep up? Simplify dinner with Freezer Friendly Pizza Pockets!

Cheap and healthy! Make a speedy dinner starting with purchased pizza dough. Make extra and freeze for dinner on the run.

 

 

No matter the month, each season has it’s challenges that tap our time and stretch our schedules. Everybody I talk to always feels really busy!  We have so much on our plates there’s no time to put food on them!

 

Cheaper than take-out, healthier than frozen; homemade pizza pockets (AKA calzones) make a speedy dinner especially when you start with pizza dough from the dairy case.

 

The best part is you can make extra and freeze them for a super quick lunch, dinner or snack that’s ready when you are.

 

Ever notice that freezer “pockets that are hot” (wink, wink) have more than 60 ingredients listed on the nutrition label? SIXTY! I’m not even exaggerating, check it out next time you’re at the store. The mind boggles.

 

There are three main reasons to DIY this convenient food yourself. First, you will know exactly what’s in them (I’m still hung up on 60 ingredients). Second, you control the portion sizes. Big ones for big appetites and little ones for little hands. Third, you can get as creative with the flavors as you like.  

 

Since we’re talking about freezer meals check out these make-ahead breakfasts! Breakfast Bowls Save Time, Money and Morning Sanity   &   Breakfast on the run? Make “Grab-and-Go” Breakfast Burritos 

 

It takes less than an hour to make a whole bunch of these calzones. Make at least a double batch – some to have for dinner tonight, and more to freeze for later. I’ve included some handy dandy money saving recipes below for Petite Portion Pizza Sauce and Mock-Ricotta, too.

 

 

FREEZER FRIENDLY PIZZA POCKETS

 

Yield: 4 servings  

 

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 (13.8 oz. to 16 oz.) prepared pizza dough – or homemade equivalent
  • ½ cup Petite Portion Pizza Sauce – recipe below
  • ½ cup ricotta or Mock-Ricotta – recipe below
  • 1 ½ cup mozzarella – shredded
  • 1 (3 oz.) package pepperoni – sliced
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon parmesan

 

 

Here’s How:

 

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Place Parchment Paper on your work surface the size of your baking sheet. On parchment, roll pizza dough very thin. Divide into four portions.Cheap and healthy! Make a speedy dinner starting with purchased pizza dough. Make extra and freeze for dinner on the run.
  2. On one side of each piece (leaving 1 inch gap around edges); spread 1 tablespoon pizza sauce, 2 tablespoons Mock-Ricotta, a generous ¼ cup mozzarella and some pepperoni.
  3. Beat the egg with a teaspoon water to make egg wash. Brush outer edges of dough with egg wash. Fold the empty half of the dough over filling and press to seal. Fold the edges of the dough over and pinch to further seal the dough.
  4. Brush the tops of the calzones with egg wash and sprinkle each with parmesan.[foogallery id=”3849″]
  5. Cut a few small slits in the top of the calzones to release steam.
  6. Slide the parchment onto the baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. IF you don’t have a large baking sheet, you’re missing out, here’s mine – Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker’s Half Sheetblank
  8. Serve immediately or cool completely and wrap individually to freeze for up to 3 months. When ready to serve, reheat in the microwave or in the oven.

 

Petite Portion Pizza Sauce – Drain 8 oz. can of tomato sauce through a coffee filter set in a strainer over a bowl for 15 minutes to remove excess liquid from the sauce.  Mix the drained sauce with 1 tsp each garlic powder and Italian seasoning and 2 teaspoons of sugar.

 

Cheap and healthy! Make a speedy dinner starting with purchased pizza dough. Make extra and freeze for dinner on the run.

 

Mock-RicottaFor a ½ cup portion – in a small food processor or by hand – blend ½ cup cottage cheese (not low fat, the texture is different) with ⅛ teaspoon each; garlic powder, Italian seasoning and salt. This is easily doubled or quadrupled to be used on pizzas or in lasagna.

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A mini food processor makes this so easy. Here’s one I love – Hamilton Beach 72600 Fresh Chop 3-Cup Food Chopperblank

 

If you have homemade pizza night, you’ll love how this recipe is a perfect match because the ingredients for pizzas are the same for calzones. Just make a double batch of dough, buy some extra topping ingredients and make a bunch of calzones for the freezer while your pizza is cooking.  Easy peasy.

 

Now that you know this technique you can fill them with anything your little heart desires.

 

So, what will you fill them with? Ham and swiss, broccoli and cheddar, egg and sausage, chicken pot pie, chicken fajita, hamburger chili, anything you want!

No more stressing over dinner. You’re so clever.

Cheap and healthy! Make a speedy dinner starting with purchased pizza dough. Make extra and freeze for dinner on the run.

FREEZER FRIENDLY PIZZA POCKETS

blankPatti Diamond
Cheaper than take-out, healthier than frozen; homemade pizza pockets (AKA calzones) make a speedy dinner especially when you start with pizza dough from the dairy case. Make extra and freeze for a speedy dinner on the run.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch, Meal Prep, Snack
Cuisine American, Italian/American
Servings 4 pizza pockets

Ingredients
  

  • 1 13.8 oz. to 16 oz. prepared pizza dough or homemade equivalent
  • ½ cup Petite Portion Pizza Sauce recipe below
  • ½ cup ricotta or Mock-Ricotta recipe below
  • cups mozzarella shredded
  • 1 3 oz. package pepperoni sliced
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon parmesan grated

Petite Portion Pizza Sauce

  • 1 8 oz. can of tomato sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Mock-Ricotta

  • ½ cup cottage cheese 4% fat
  • teaspoon garlic powder
  • teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions
 

  • If you're making the pizza sauce and the mock-ricotta, do that before starting the instructions for the pizza pockets.
  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Place parchment paper on your work surface the size of your baking sheet.
  • On parchment, roll pizza dough very thin. Divide into four portions.
    Cheap and healthy! Make a speedy dinner starting with purchased pizza dough. Make extra and freeze for dinner on the run.
  • Leaving a 1-inch gap around all edges, off center, on one side of each piece spread 1 tablespoon pizza sauce.
    Cheap and healthy! Make a speedy dinner starting with purchased pizza dough. Make extra and freeze for dinner on the run.
  • Add 2 tablespoons Mock-Ricotta, a generous ¼ cup mozzarella and some pepperoni.
    Cheap and healthy! Make a speedy dinner starting with purchased pizza dough. Make extra and freeze for dinner on the run.
  • In a small bowl, beat the egg with a teaspoon water to make egg wash. Brush outer edges of dough with egg wash.
    Cheap and healthy! Make a speedy dinner starting with purchased pizza dough. Make extra and freeze for dinner on the run.
  • Fold the empty half of the dough over filling and press to seal. Fold the edges of the dough over and pinch to further seal the dough.
    Cheap and healthy! Make a speedy dinner starting with purchased pizza dough. Make extra and freeze for dinner on the run.
  • Brush the tops of the calzones with egg wash and sprinkle each with parmesan.
    Cheap and healthy! Make a speedy dinner starting with purchased pizza dough. Make extra and freeze for dinner on the run.
  • Cut a few small slits in the top of the calzones to release steam.
  • Slide the parchment onto the baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Serve immediately or cool completely, wrap individually and freeze up to 3 months. Reheat in the microwave or in the oven.

For the Petite Portion Pizza Sauce

  • Drain the tomato sauce through a coffee filter set in a strainer over a bowl for 15 minutes to remove excess liquid from the sauce.  
    Cheap and healthy! Make a speedy dinner starting with purchased pizza dough. Make extra and freeze for dinner on the run.
  • Mix the drained sauce with the sugar, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning.

For the Mock-Ricotta

  • In a small food processor or by hand - blend cottage cheese (not low fat, the texture is different) with the garlic powder, Italian seasoning and salt.
    Cheap and healthy! Make a speedy dinner starting with purchased pizza dough. Make extra and freeze for dinner on the run.
  • This is easily doubled or quadrupled to be used on pizzas or in lasagna.
Keyword Freezer Friendly, Kids in the Kitchen, Pizzas and Flatbreads
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

 

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