These delicious pizza pocket snacks are easy to make with a can of refrigerated biscuits and some pizza ingredients. This recipe uses pepperoni and sliced ripe olives, but there are many more choices. See directions for homemade pizza sauce and several filling suggestions below the recipe.
Homemade pizza dough may be used instead of biscuits.
The pockets are perfect for weekend lunch with a salad or a cup of soup, or serve them as a game day snack.
- 1 can (8 biscuit size) refrigerated Pillsbury Grands biscuits
- 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese (or a pizza blend, shredded)
- 1/2 cup pepperoni (sliced)
- 1/2 cup olives (sliced: or finely chopped bell pepper, or finely chopped onion)
- Optional: 1/4 cup olive oil
- Optional: 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese (grated)
- For the Pizza Sauce:
- 1 clove garlic (pressed or minced)
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
- 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon dried leaf oregano
Homemade Pizza Sauce
In a small saucepan combine the garlic, kosher salt, tomato paste, tomato sauce, a dash of black pepper, oregano, and olive oil.
Bring the sauce to a simmer; reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes.
Cool the sauce and store in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Makes about 1 1/2 cups of sauce.
Heat the oven to 350°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with nonstick cooking spray.
On a lightly floured surface, roll each biscuit out to about 6 inches in diameter. Spread about 2 to 3 teaspoons of pizza sauce in the center of each round, then top with pepperoni and a few slices of ripe olive, chopped onion or bell pepper, or a combination. Top with about 1 tablespoon of shredded pizza cheese or mozzarella.
With a finger, moisten the edge with a little water, fold over, and press all around the edge to seal. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet and prick with a fork or tip of a sharp knife to allow steam to escape.
Bake the pizza pockets for 14 to 16 minutes, until nicely browned.
Meanwhile, warm the remaining pizza sauce.
If desired, brush the pockets lightly with olive oil as soon as they come out of the oven and then sprinkle with a little freshly grated parmesan cheese. Serve hot with warmed pizza sauce on the side.
More Filling Ideas
Thinly Sliced Red Onion
Thinly Sliced Bell Pepper
Cooked Crumbled Sausage Or Ground Beef
Cooked Diced Bacon
Ham and Spinach