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Spicy Pepperoni Pizza Pockets

January 22, 2020 (Last Updated: March 19, 2020) by Chris Collins

These Pizza Pockets are made with Puff Pastry and stuffed with Spicy Pepperoni. With Crispy Parmesan baked on top, these truly are the BEST Homemade Pizza Pockets!

overhead shot of pizza pockets stacked on parchment paper with dip

Homemade Pizza Pockets

I’ve literally just wiped the crumbs off my face from devouring the last one of these. Oh.My.Days. Pizza pockets are about to be your new food obsession. Here’s why:

  • Puff Pastry – No faffing around making pizza dough, pre rolled puff pastry works absolute wonders for pizza pockets.
  • Minimal Ingredients – If you’ve got Pizza Sauce, Cheese and Puff Pastry you’re already quids in!
  • Delicious – So bloomin’ delicious!!!

The other thing is that they’re so easy to make. I know it’s tempting to pick up a pack of store bought pizza pockets, but I promise you these are 10x more tasty. 

Pizza pockets are perfect for an after school snack, a lazy lunch or even as a dinner with some sides

dipping pepperoni pizza pocket into dip

Pepperoni Pizza Pockets

To be honest you can really load up these pizza pockets with any toppings you fancy, but for me it’s always gotta be jalapeño and pepperoni! There’s something about jalapeño and pepperoni that send me weak at the knees 🤣 

Top Tip – If you want to put veg in the pizza pockets (i.e onion, peppers etc) I recommend frying them off first, otherwise they’ll steam the insides of the pockets and potentially turn them soggy.

Puff Pastry Pizza Pockets

Like I mentioned earlier, the ease of these pizza pockets comes down to the puff pastry. PLUS I actually really like the crispy texture it offers.

I always use pre-rolled puff pastry, in the UK this usually comes in the form of a 14″x9″ (35.5cmx22cm) rectangle. If you’re rolling out your pastry just make sure you roll it out to those measurements.

How to make Pizza Pockets (quick summary)

  1. Roll out pastry.
  2. Horizontally slice in half.
  3. Fold over corner to make square and slice.
  4. Lay on floured surface in diamond shape.
  5. Spread fillings in lower triangle.
  6. Fold over, crimp edges with fork and slice steam holes.

How to make Pizza Pockets - 6 step by step photos

How to Bake Pizza Pockets

Right, pockets folded, let’s get ’em ready to bake. 

Just to take these pizza pockets through the roof, I love sprinkling parmesan and oregano on top before they bake. This not only adds extra flavours, but makes them turn deep golden and EXTRA crispy!

What about the egg wash 🤔 – Look, I know it’s a crime not to egg wash pastry BUT the parmesan pretty much covers all of the visible pastry. You can use egg wash, which would help the parmesan stick, if you wish.

How to Bake Pizza Pockets (quick summary)

  1. Place pizza pockets on lightly oiled tray.
  2. Sprinkle with freshly grated parmesan and dried oregano. Bake uninterrupted until golden!
Top Tip – Let the pockets rest for a few mins when they’re out the oven. They might be ever so slightly soft on first touch, but a few mins to allow the steam to escape will help them crisp.

How to cook pizza pockets - 2 step by step photos

And there we have it! Homemade pizza pockets truly couldn’t be easier!

From there I usually serve with a dip – Cheese and Chive, Garlic and Herb Dip and Sour Cream and Chive are all personal faves 😋

Can you prepare pizza pockets in advance?

You can yes, I just recommend putting the pizza sauce on top of the cheese just to reduce the bottom part going soggy. Just cover airtight in the fridge and add another 5mins onto cooking time.

If you like the sound of these pizza pockets definitely check out my Pizza Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms – just as simple and delicious! Here’s some more delicious recipes I’m confident you’ll love too:

Fun Puff Pastry Recipes

Alrighty, let’s tuck into the full pizza pockets recipe shall we?!

side shot of pizza pockets on brown chopping board with dip

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How to make Pizza Pockets (Full Recipe & Video)

overhead shot of pizza pockets stacked on parchment paper with dip

Spicy Pepperoni Pizza Pockets

These Pizza Pockets are made with Puff Pastry and stuffed with Spicy Pepperoni. With Crispy Parmesan baked on top, these truly are the BEST Homemade Pizza Pockets! Makes 6.
5 from 5 votes
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Course: hand held food / Snack
Cuisine: American / Italian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings (click & slide): 6 pizza pockets
Calories: 389kcal
Cost per serving: £1.50 / $2

Equipment:

  • 30cm x 45cm (12” x 18”) Sheet Pan/Oven Tray (or similar size)
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board

Ingredients (check list):

  • 1 sheet of Puff Pastry (see notes)
  • 1 cup / 100g Mozzarella, shredded
  • 1/3 cup / 30g Parmesan
  • 1/4 cup / 25g Pickled Jalapeños, diced (or to spice preference)
  • 12 small Pepperoni Slices, halved
  • 6 tsp Pizza Sauce
  • 6 pinches of Oregano

Instructions:

  • Roll out your puff pastry and horizontally slice through the middle, to make 2 smaller/longer rectangles. Fold the corner of one of them over and slice to make a square shape. Use this square to measure out 5 more equal sized squares (see video for guidance).
  • Place your puff pastry square on a lightly floured surface with a corner at the top and bottom (diamond shape). Spread 1 tsp pizza sauce to outline a triangle in the bottom section of the diamond, leaving a little around the edge (again, see video for guidance). Top with a pinch of mozzarella, 4 pepperoni halves and finish with a pinch of diced jalapeño.
  • Fold over the top half and pinch down the edges to contain the filling. Crimp with a fork, then make two slices on top of the pocket to allow steam to escape. Place on a lightly oiled/greased tray and repeat.
  • Sprinkle each pocket with parmesan and a pinch of oregano. Bake in the oven at 200C/390F for 15-20mins or until deep golden and crispy. Allow to rest for a few mins before serving to allow them to crisp up.

Quick 1 min demo!

Notes:

a) Puff Pastry - The size you want the pastry (before dividing in 6) is 14"x9" (35.5cmx22cm). The weight of each pastry sheet (before dividing) is 320g/11.3oz, so if you are buying puff pastry that is not pre rolled (i.e a slab of pastry) make sure you are using that much weight and roll out to the dimensions above.
b) Egg Wash - I know it's criminal to leave egg wash off pastry, but here it's almost all covered by the parmesan, so I don't see too much point. You can use egg wash, which will help the parmesan stick if you wish.
c) Other Fillings - Feel free to switch up the fillings! My only advice would be to fry off any if you're using a lot, otherwise they'll steam the inside of the pockets and turn them soggy.
d) Make in Advance - If you want to make these in advance I just recommend putting the pizza sauce on top of the cheese (I know there's only 1 tsp, but reduces the risk of it making the pastry soggy). Just cover airtight in the fridge and add another 5mins onto cooking time.
e) Dips to Serve - Cheese and Chive, Marinara Dip, Sour Cream and Chive.
f) Calories - Per pocket with no dip.

Nutrition:

Nutrition Facts
Spicy Pepperoni Pizza Pockets
Amount Per Serving
Calories 389 Calories from Fat 230
% Daily Value*
Fat 25.57g39%
Saturated Fat 7.26g36%
Trans Fat 0.184g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.988g
Monounsaturated Fat 13.368g
Cholesterol 17mg6%
Sodium 585mg24%
Potassium 115mg3%
Carbohydrates 26.28g9%
Fiber 1.4g6%
Sugar 0.95g1%
Protein 13.51g27%
Vitamin A 192IU4%
Vitamin C 0.8mg1%
Calcium 246mg25%
Iron 1.76mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Julie
    January 22, 2020 at 10:22 pm

    5 stars
    Such a treat! Love this
    Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply
    Sara Welch
    January 22, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    5 stars
    What a savory recipe! Adding this to my dinner line up for the week; looks too good to pass up!

  • Reply
    Suzy
    January 22, 2020 at 9:31 pm

    5 stars
    Brilliant idea using puff pastry to make these! So delicious!

  • Reply
    Traci
    January 22, 2020 at 8:58 pm

    5 stars
    I didn’t realize how easy it is to make pizza pockets. These are the perfect replacement for those frozen pizzas we don’t need to eat LOL. Thanks!

  • Reply
    Irina Karulina
    January 22, 2020 at 8:47 pm

    5 stars
    I love puff pastry baking goodies, and your pizza pockets are not an exception! Made them last night. We really loved them. easy and delicious!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      January 23, 2020 at 10:00 am

      That’s awesome! So glad you loved them!

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