Saturday, December 22, 2012

Chicken Sausage and Broccoli Pockets

First of all, a friend of mine sneakily took my computer and published an interesting post on the blog yesterday while he was at our house. So if you happened to see "my" list of 12 things I loved about 2012... just know that it wasn't actually me. Haha. I deleted it pretty quickly, but I'm sure a person or two saw it in the meantime and was very confused. 

Now that we're clear on that, let's talk about this yummy recipe! It's like the delicious version of Hot Pockets. I know it seems like Hot Pockets and the word "delicious" don't mix, but these really are yummy and they're perfect for making a bunch and then eating them one at a time for quick lunches!

Recipe adapted from here.

12 oz fully-cooked chicken sausage links, sliced thinly
1 lb broccoli (about one bunch), cut into small florets
1 green bell pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper, to taste
8 oz grated provolone cheese
1 1/2 pounds pizza dough

1. Preheat oven to 425. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the sausage, broccoli, bell pepper, garlic, olive oil, and salt and pepper. Roast for 25-30 minutes in the oven (until the broccoli is tender), stirring half-way through. Let cool.
2. Transfer cooled sausage mixture to a medium bowl. Add the cheese and toss to combine.
3. Divide the dough into 8 pieces. On a floured surface, roll and stretch each piece into a 7-inch circle.
4. Spoon the broccoli mixture onto one side of each dough circle (about 1/2 cup each), leaving a half-inch border around the edge of the circle. 
5. Brush water on the border of each dough circle and fold them in half to form semi-circles. Press the edges firmly to seal. 
6. Place the pockets on a baking sheet and cut slits in the top of each one. Bake at 425 for 18-24 minutes, or until golden brown. ((To freeze and serve later, freeze the unbaked pockets on the baking sheet until firm, then transfer to a freezer bag. To bake, place a frozen pocket on a baking sheet and bake at 425 for 20-30 minutes.))

(ready to be roasted!)

(after roasting)

(cooled sausage mixture)

(adding in cheese)

(finished filling mixture)

(dough circles -- if it's imperfect like this, it's totally okay!)

(ready to be folded and sealed!)

(pockets ready for the oven)

(all done!)



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