Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Mom!!! More hot pockets!!!

Okay, so this was initially an attempt at a "healthier" costco chicken bake (did you know those things contain about 1000 calories each?!) , but the end result was more like a healthier hot pocket than chicken bake - I think it was the broccoli that did it. Either way, it still yummy, though next time I think I'm gonna use less wheat flour and a bit more sauce, and make them hot pocket-sized so that it can be eaten as a quick snack.

Pizza dough (any pizza dough recipe will do) -
- 3/4 cup warm water (~110 deg) - 1 packet of active dry yeast
- 1 cup wheat flour (you can use all all-purpose flour too)
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp sugar
- 3/4 tsp salt

Mix yeast and water and let it proof for ~10 minutes (until it gets bubbly). Combine the rest of the ingredients and mix until smooth (I used my KA mixer). Oil the ball of dough so it won't dry out and let it rise in a bowl covered with a towel or plastic wrap for about 2 hours (until doubled in size).

Punch down the dough and divide it into 4 (if you want costco chicken bake sizes, divide into 8 for hot pocket sizes). Let the dough rise and again for about 30 mins, then roll each one out to whatever size you want your end result to be. There's no need to make sure it's a perfect round or anything like that because you're just going to fold it to close it up.

Filling - You can fill it with anything you want, just all the different varieties of hot pockets out there! For the costco chicken bakes, you'll want grilled chicken, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, bacon, green onions,and caesar salad dressing. Here's what I put in mine:
- 1 grilled chicken breast (seasoned with salt and pepper)
- 1/2 diced shallot

- broccoli florets
- 2 cups of mozzarella cheese
- 16 tbsp caesar dressing
- sprinkling of parmesan

* Split the filling evenly between each hot pocket/chicken bake.
* Fold over the edges to enclose the fillings and put it on a baking sheet, seam side down
* Poke a few small holes in the top to let steam escape.
* Sprinkle a bit of cheese on top
* Bake at 350 for 15 mins or until the cheese is melted and golden brown
* Let cool on a cooling rack and eat immediately or pop them in the freezer to keep as a quick and healthy snack!

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