Homemade Ham and Cheese Hot Pockets

ham and cheese hot pocket production

Hot pockets are convenient and can be delicious, especially if you make them yourself. Using pizza crust to make them is tender and flavorful. I use the pioneer woman’s pizza crust recipe because it’s perfect every time. She’s knows what’s up! Click here for the dough recipe. 

Conventional hot pockets that are available from the store are loaded with chemicals and additives that are not good for you or your kids.

I love knowing what I feed my kids is made from real food that is healthy and whole. These hot pockets are not only made with real food, they are also less expensive than these store bought ones. And the flavor, MAN, it’s great!

I paid $36 for enough ham and cheese to make 72 hot pockets.


With all ingredients tallied, my hot pockets costed $0.66 each to make. The store bought ones are $2.89 for two, so one hot pocket is $1.44, for a savings of $0.78 per pocket. You could use a less expensive meat like ground beef or sausage or something and make them even cheaper. I needed a ham menu item for my new menu, so i’m sticking with ham. The ham was real ham i had sliced in the deli and the cheese was cheddar.

We are not allowed to serve lunch meat on the food program. The ham and the cheese were on sale though (of course, or i wouldn’t have purchased them) 

store bought hot pockets full of chemicals

Click here to check out what’s actually IN store bought hot pockets. It might make you change your mind about eating them. This picture below is from the article. Yuck! Even if you don’t have food allergies like me, it’s gross. Do you even know what this stuff is or what it does to your body? (Poster designed by Justin Pericone, click here for more info)

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I like to make everything in bulk and freeze it.

To do that, I made 4 batches of hot pockets and froze them in batches of 10 servings. I added enough ham and cheese to each hot pocket to make it a perfect serving for a 3-4 year old. Each child needs 1 1/2 ounces of protein. I put an ounce of ham and a half ounce of cheese on each pocket. 

Instead of using lunch meat, I bought a ham and had it sliced at the deli into slices, so my kids would be eating real meat and cheese. These turned out so much better than I expected and every kid loved them so they are a shoe in for my new menu this year. 

Click here to see how to plan a menu and here to see the top 10 healthy meals kids love.

First, you make up the dough and divide it into serving sizes. I used my kitchen aid mixer to whip mine up. 

Hot pocket doughrolling out homemade hot pocket dough

Next, roll each piece out and top it with the filling. You could make pizza flavored, taco flavored, use sausage, or whatever you think sounds good. I wanted ham and cheese for a different protein for my menu.

 

homemade hot pockets, ham and cheese

Once the pocket is filled, fold the other half of the dough over the top, and seal the edges. These pockets would look prettier with egg wash but I am dealing with an egg allergy, so i left it off. The taste and texture of this dough was outstanding on these pockets.

hot pocket, homemade

homemade ham and cheese hot pockets, ready to go in the oven.

Once you have them all rolled and filled and sealed, then you just have to bake them. I baked them all before I froze them and I served a taste tester batch that won all thumbs up. 

homemade ham and cheese hot pockets fresh from the oven

Homemade Ham and Cheese Hot Pockets
Tasty homemade hot pocket ready to eat or freeze with no added chemicals.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 c. warm water
  2. 1 tsp. dry yeast
  3. 4 cups flour
  4. 1 tsp sea salt
  5. 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  6. 1 pound of good ham, sliced thinly
  7. 1/2 pound of good cheddar cheese, sliced thinly
Instructions
  1. Combine warm water and yeast.
  2. Stir and set aside
  3. Combine flour and salt in stand mixer bowl
  4. Turn on mixer and drizzle in olive oil
  5. Slowly add the yeast mixture and mix on low until dough forms a ball
  6. Cut dough into 16 pieces
  7. Roll out each piece of dough and top one side with 1.5 ounces of ham and cheese.
  8. Fold dough over and seal edges
  9. Egg wash if desired
  10. Bake at 500 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until dough is golden brown
  11. Serve warm or cool completely and freeze.
  12. To reheat, just microwave for 30 seconds or reheat in oven
Adapted from Crust from Pioneer Woman
Adapted from Crust from Pioneer Woman
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Homemade Ham and Cheese Hot Pockets-4 batches
Bulk quadruple batch of tasty homemade hot pocket ready to eat or freeze with no added chemicals.
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Ingredients
  1. Double batch of dough, do this twice
  2. 3 c. warm water
  3. 2 tsp. dry yeast
  4. 8 cups flour
  5. 2 tsp sea salt
  6. 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  7. Repeat dough again
  8. 4 pounds of good ham, sliced thinly
  9. 2 pounds of good cheddar cheese, sliced thinly
Instructions
  1. Combine warm water and yeast.
  2. Stir and set aside
  3. Combine flour and salt in stand mixer bowl
  4. Turn on mixer and drizzle in olive oil
  5. Slowly add the yeast mixture and mix on low until dough forms a ball
  6. Cut dough into 32 pieces
  7. Make second double batch of dough
  8. Roll out each piece of dough and top one side with 1.5 ounces of ham and cheese.
  9. Fold dough over and seal edges
  10. Egg wash if desired
  11. Bake at 500 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until dough is golden brown
  12. Serve warm or cool completely and freeze.
  13. To reheat, just microwave for 30 seconds or reheat in oven
Adapted from Crust from Pioneer Woman
Adapted from Crust from Pioneer Woman
Little Sprouts Learning http://littlesproutslearning.co/
 

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Homemade Ham and Cheese Hot Pockets

8 comments

  1. We don’t get Hot Pockets here, but these look amazing and so delicious! They’d be perfect to make ahead and freeze. Great for those days when you need something tasty quick!

  2. Kristin Cook says:

    I used to love Hot Pockets when I was a kid! I should try making these! Oh, and boy do I wish I had a KitchenAid mixer!

  3. These look delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe with us.

  4. Kayla says:

    I love these! It’s crazy how much money you saved by making your own!

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