Homemade “Hot Pockets” Makeover

  • 4 1/2 tsp active dry yeast (2 packets)
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 3/4 cup warm milk
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbls. honey
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3-3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour*
  • 1 8-oz package of deli ham, diced
  • 2-3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 3/4 cup frozen peas
Optional: 1 more egg, for an egg wash. Directions:
  1. In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water, then add warm milk, olive oil, egg, salt, and honey. Stir well.
  2. Add in 3 cups of flour, and stir until well-combined.
  3. *Slowly add more flour, 1/4 cup at at time, until dough becomes soft manageable but is still quite soft. (We find that about 3 1/3 cups is about right.)
  4. Knead the dough for a few minutes, then let it rise in the bowl, covered, for 30-60 minutes.
  5. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  6. Punch down the dough, and divide it into 14 small balls.
  7. Roll out each ball to a diameter of about 5 inches, then fill the centers with 3-4 tablespoons of ham, cheese, peas, and peppers.
  8. Fold up the hot pockets like little packages, then place them seam-down on a greased cookie sheet.
  9. Brush the tops with an egg wash, if you like.
  10. Bake at 400 F for about 14 minutes, or until the hot pockets are golden brown and no longer doughy.
  11. Cool slightly before removing from the cookie sheet.