I grew up on hot pockets. I mean what is there not to love about your favorite fillings jammed into a lovely crust? My first few years of marriage weren’t much different from growing up either. We were both terribly busy, and by the time we got home, some nights we were too tired to cook.
Of course this was long before I adopted my chemical, preservative free lifestyle. My natural readers, friends, and such would probably cringe at the stuff we ate. Heck, even I cringe thinking about it.
Now whether or not this recipe is worth your time is up to you. But let me point out that you can fill them with anything. This makes them great for various leftovers, and since they are freezer friendly, there should be little to no waste.
It may be possible to make a GF version, but we haven’t tried yet. If one exists then Gluten Free on a Shoestring has it down to a science, or maybe Nicole has it in the works. That woman is a life saver.
The original recipe can be found on Money Saving Mom, and this recipe was apart of her four weeks to filling your freezer. We call it freezer feeding here, but these were so good that honestly, none made it into the freezer.
Now we made a few slight adjustments. I don’t buy lunch meats unless it’s roast beef, and even then I’m really picky (Must be Boars Head London Port). If you go this route I suggest choosing brands that are low in sodium, and those that use minimal nitrates, preservatives, etc.
On a second note, you can skip lunch meat all together and use any combination of leftovers. We used leftover spiral ham, and shredded cheddar. A few nights later we used leftover london broil and mozzarella cheese. Both were excellent, and now I want to try making them with pizza toppings, cheese, and my secret pizza sauce.
The possibilities are endless. As a mother, I know the dreaded “Leftovers! I don’t want leftovers!” (imagine whiney kids), but when they were given these pockets, they actually got excited!
Kids will be happy, Mom (or Dad) will save money, and it makes an easy first time freezer feed. Please enjoy!