Thursday, March 4, 2010

Meat Pockets -- a good use of leftovers

It isn't very often that we use leftovers in our home as S is not all a "leftover" type of eater. But if I can find a creative use for leftovers so that they don't feel like leftovers to him then he is all for it.

Recently I had made a large pot roast in the crockpot and had a bunch left over. So this is what I decided to do (I'm only sorry I didn't take pictures of the finished product as they turned out super great!)

I chopped up all of the left over meat, potatoes, carrots, and onions into nice chunky pieces and froze them in an airtight container.

Monday I defrosted the container and on Tuesday I made Meat Pockets for dinner. These are really easy to make, any type of left over meat & veggie could be used for them, and they were super tastey, so much so that our two year old even enjoyed them. And she is hard to please! I served them with a spinach salad and it rounded out the meal.

Recipe for dough: (made enough dough for 7 pockets)
1 package yeast
1 cup warm water
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
3 cups flour (approximately)

Dissolve yeast in warm water; add sugar. add oil, salt, and 2 cups of flour. Beat for 3 minutes. Stir in enough additional flour to make a soft dough. Knead the dough. Place in greased bowl for about 10 minutes to rest. Cover the dough while resting. Roll out dough. Cut dough into 6 inch circles. I used a biscuit cutter for this but really you could simply separate it by hand.

You are going to place your filling in the center of your 6 inch circle. Fold dough over to form a half moon. Seal edges with either egg whites or with water. (egg whites will give it a shiny seal, water will not) Prick edges with a fork to form a good seal. Bake until lightly brown.

You could serve this with any left over gravy you had on hand, or even spagetti sauce depending on what you stuffed them with.

If you don't want to make your own dough you can certainly by premade pizza dough from your local grocery store. It would turn out well using that also and would be a quick & easy meal on a night where you were super busy.

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