Jack-O-Lantern Pizza Pockets Jack-O-Lantern Pizza Pockets

Jack-O-Lantern Pizza Pockets

An easy yet festive dinner idea that’s simple to prepare before a night of trick-or-treating. These pizza pockets are filled with mozzarella cheese and slices of your choice of cured deli meat. You'll get ooey, gooey goodness in each bite.

Ingredients

  • 1 9-inch pie crust homemade or store bought
  • 1 1/4 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup pepperoni slices (other cured deli meats like ham and salami work well too)
  • 1 cup Pasta Jay's Marinara Sauce
  • 1 egg

How To Make

STEP 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

STEP 2: Place the pie crust on a lightly floured surface. Roll the crust out into a 12-inch circle. Use a 4-inch cookie cutter to cut out 6 of your desired shapes. Transfer the shapes to a sheet pan lined with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.

STEP 3: Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese evenly over the 6 crust shapes. Top with slices of pepperoni (or choice of cured deli meat) to cover, leaving a small border around the edges. (Tip: You can use the cookie cutters to trim the meat so it fits perfectly within the dough.)

STEP 4: Beat the egg in a small bowl. Brush the egg along the border of the dough.

STEP 5: Gather the dough scraps and re-roll the dough to a similar thickness. Cut out 6 more of your shapes. Lay the shapes on top of the pepperoni layer. Use a fork to crimp the edges shut.

STEP 6: For a standard pizza pocket, use a paring knife to cut a few lines in the top. For a jack-o-lantern, use a paring knife to carefully cut out eyes and a mouth.

STEP 7: Brush the tops of the pizza pockets with the egg wash. The pockets can be baked immediately or covered loosely with plastic wrap and stored in the fridge.

STEP 8: Bake the pizza pockets for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Let cool for 1-2 minutes after removing from the oven.

STEP 9: Serve with warm marinara sauce for dipping and enjoy!

 

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