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Back to school…..means back to menu planning, routine, and making sure things are running easy and smooth around the Hurst house. Truthfully, as much as I love summer, I am ready for the routine and consistency that going back to school brings to our house. It’s a calm sense of order, and I am a better mom when my sweeties spend the day at school. Since I do have two teenagers, who need more than an apple after school for a snack, I need to have some easy ingredients on hand to make something satisfying to hold them over until dinner. These Easy Cheesy Pizza Pockets that I am going to share with you today serve that purpose….and can serve as a quick dinner or even something to add to their lunch boxes.
Easy Cheesy Pizza Pockets
Refrigerated or homemade pizza dough
Step One: Heat the oven to 450 degrees. While it is warming, spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray and roll out the pizza dough on it.
Step Two: Cut the pizza dough into 10 even rectangles. Spread a thin layer of pizza sauce on each.
Step Three: Add a layer of pepperoni. I found that I could fit three pepperonis nicely on each rectangle.
Step Four: Unwrap the string cheese, and cut it lengthwise in half. This makes it a bit thinner, and the dough wraps around them better.
Step Six: Lay a piece of string cheese on each rectangle.
Step Seven: Wrap each rectangle into a pocket, tucking the ends under and laying it seam side down on the baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown on the top.
I also whipped up a garlic butter sauce to top them with before baking. I just melted two Tablespoons of butter, and added 1/2 teaspoon each of garlic powder and parsley. This added a nice flavor, but I think they would taste great without it as well. Serve them with a side of pizza or marinara sauce for dipping.
I found all the ingredients for these at my local Giant Eagle. I love Giant Eagle, not only for gift cards and FuelPerks, but also because I can find everything I need for back to school lunches, dinners, and snacks. It’s definitely a one stop shop for everything I need, which is so important for saving time.
I try to keep the pantry and refrigerator stocked so my first grader can easily help pack her own lunch, get a snack, and the teenagers have something good and filling to eat after school. That definitely includes Giant Eagle String Cheese, JIF Peanut Butter, Goldfish Crackers, Capri Sun, and of course some Oreos for a sweet treat.
What is your easy Back to School meal or snack idea? I’d love to hear it! Share a link in the comments!