Last week was my birthday. As tradition, since I was a little boy, on your birthday you can make a special request for your birthday dinner. I might not live at home anymore but that doesn’t preclude me from putting in special requests with Mom! So this year, I asked for a very special dish that my great grandmother used to make for my Mom. Pocket Pizza!
Known as envelope pizza in our house, these treats are both simple to make and delicious! We put marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, and sometimes pepperoni in ours, but you can load them with anything. If you make them, be warned, they disappear fast!
PS – Thank’s Mom for a delicious birthday dinner!
Pocket (Envelope) Pizza
- Pizza dough (I recommend Alton Brown’s Pizza Dough Recipe.)
- Flour for dusting
- Vegetable Oil
- Mozzarella Cheese – Shredded
- Marinara Sauce
1. Break off a fist sized piece of dough and roll it flat, dusting with flour to prevent sticking.
2. Cut the dough into rectangles, about the size of an envelope (hence the name). Keep the scrap dough on the side, you can combine it all together to prevent waste.
3. Add marinara sauce, cheese, and other toppings on half the dough. Be careful not to overdue it with toppings.
4. Fold the dough over, covering the toppings. Pinch the edges and fold them up and in to prevent the insides from escaping during cooking. Push in with fork to complete the seal and give a nice look. This is why you can’t overdue the toppings, otherwise you won’t be able to get a nice seal.
5. Fry the dough over medium heat in batches, being careful not to overload the pan. You really need to watch these as they quickly go from golden crisp to brown and crunchy.
6. When golden in color, remove from oil and place on paper towels to wick off excessive oil. Then, enjoy!