Winter is coming! And besides the next season of Game of Thrones, that means you need football and hockey-watching eats, after school snacks, busy weeknight meals, and munchies for watching movies through the cold winter season. These super-fast and easy baked pizza pockets will cover all your bases.
In the section where the grocery store sells pre-made and iced cakes, you can usually find refrigerated pre-prepared pizza dough for a screamin' deal. Having the dough pre-risen makes everything else about this a walk in the park. In a scant 10 minutes, you can have these babies stuffed and in the oven!
Sure, you could order a pizza, but variety is the spice of life, and when you're catering to a crowd, ordering "plain ol' pepperoni and a deluxe" isn't nearly as interesting as it could be. So instead of paying out, or making yourself crazy topping a homemade pizza six ways, you can stuff these pizza pockets ones as you please. Divvy them up after baking and freeze in pairs for microwaveable hot-pocket snacks for the kids after school.
With a sharp knife, slice the dough in 16 pieces and let sit on the counter. This gives it a chance to warm up a bit.
Set out your pizza sauce and toppings on a cookie sheet for easy cleanup and dough management. Heavily grease a 9x13 bake pan with olive oil. Begin preheating the oven to 425F.
Lightly dust your hands with flour... just enough to keep dough from sticking to your fingers, but leaving the dough sticky enough to adhere to itself easily. Flatten each piece of dough into a rough circle with a divot in the middle. Add a dollop (about 1 tbsp) of sauce to the divot, top with toppings and about 1 tbsp of cheese (or 1 cube), and pull ends of the dough up and over to the middle, sealing it well. Do not worry if they're not perfectly circular. Put each pizza pocket seam-side down in the 9x13 pan.
When finished filling pizza pockets, top with olive oil and any seasonings like cheese, garlic salt, pepper, or herbs.
Bake at 425F for 25 minutes, or until golden brown on top.
Pull apart and serve!