Homemade Hot Pockets

Using a variety of fillings made from "leftover" meat and a few extra ingredients, plus a basic bread dough recipe or frozen bread dough, you can make your own hot pockets.


Using leftover containers from the deli to freeze my hot pockets, I added a fun label for each of the sandwich fillings I made: Chicago Pizza (jarred spaghetti sauce, pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, and black olives), New Orleans Muffaletta (salame, provolone cheese, and green olives), Hawaiian Kalua Pork (pulled pork, liquid smoke, sesame oil, chopped green onions), Virginia Baked Ham (chopped ham with ham sauce which came with my spiral baked ham), Texas Barbecue Beef Brisket (shredded beef brisket and barbecue sauce), Chinatown Chicken Teriyaki (chicken and teriyaki sauce), New Englander (tuna, green onion, cheese, mayonnaise), All American Cheeseburger (onion, cheese, dill pickle relish, mustard, catsup, ground beef), The Iowan (fried onions, cooked and crumbled bacon, and crumbled sausage), Southwestern (taco flavored hamburger and cheese), On the Bayou (canned shrimp with sauce), and Little Italy (chopped Italian sausage links, fried mushrooms, mozzarella cheese, and spaghetti sauce)

Prep Time: 1 to 2 hours

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours

Yield: varies


  • 1 batch homemade bread dough or frozen bread dough
  • variety of cheeses
  • leftover meat, poultry, pork, or seafood
  • condiments


  1. Over a few week's time, save extra beef, pork, poultry, etc. and freeze into baggies. When ready to make, thaw meat and put each kind of meat into a small bowl. Add a variety of ingredients to each of the fillings. See my suggestions in the recipe description.
  2. Roll dough into circle. I used a No. 10 size can to cut the dough out into the same size circles.
  3. Place filling in middle of dough. Pull up the perimeter of the circle to the center and pinch together.
  4. Place seam side down on greased baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes at 350 F.
  5. Since these were a gift, I made some fun labels and added to a disposable plastic container for each different sandwich filling.
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