By Kelly Bogard
I’m frequently asked about ways to get kids more involved in the kitchen. With busy schedules and fast food places on every corner, it’s sometimes hard to remember that home-cooked meals can nourish you in more than one way.
“Butters” has been in the kitchen with me since she was old enough to stand. Mixing, patting, whatever she was capable of doing. I’ve always loved making her part of the meal prep. Now that she’s a bit older, we’re working on cutting and baking. And she’s catching on fast. Thanks, especially, to recipes like this.
For Pizza Pockets, you will need…
1/2 lb. ground meat, cooked and cooled
1 c. pepperonis (we use the mini ones)
4-6 mozzarella cheese sticks
2 pkg. crescent rolls
1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese
pizza sauce for dipping
These pockets are great because you can add any ingredients you want for a more grown-up taste as well. Maybe some mushrooms or bell peppers and, for me, onions. But for the finicky little eaters out there, this meat and cheese-filled supper should do the trick.
These pizza pockets are great for a quick dinner or for a kid’s lunch. They reheat nicely. And are even good cold! So if you’re looking to get your kiddo in the kitchen, be sure to have them help you with this dish.
Let me know what some of your kid-friendly recipes are so I can share them, too. From all of us at Texas Table Top, enjoy!
Recipe: Pizza Pocket
Summary: perfect pint size pizza for your kid chef
- 1/2 lb. ground meat, cooked and cooled
- 1 c. pepperonis (we use the mini ones)
- 4-6 mozzarella cheese sticks
- 2 pkg. crescent rolls
- 1/4 c. grated parmesan cheese
- pizza sauce for dipping
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Cut the cheese sticks into small circles.
- Mix together the ground meat, pepperonis and cheese.
- Roll out half a package of the crescent rolls.
- Divide into rectangles.
- Press together the middle of two triangles to seal the seam between them.
- Add two spoonfuls of the meat mixture to one side of the dough.
- Fold the dough over on itself to make a triangle.
- Seal all sides of the pocket with a fork.
- Place on a lined baking sheet.
- Repeat until you have eight pockets on two baking sheets.
- Sprinkle and pat down parmesan cheese on each pocket.
- Bake in the oven for 12 minutes, or until golden.
- Serve warm with pizza sauce for dipping.
Cooking time (duration): 0 hour(s), 30 minutes
Number of servings (yield): 8