Mary is a mom with a lot of experience cooking Southern food.
Family-Sized Hot Pocket
Here is a super quick, easy recipe I came up with the other night. I like to call it my "make something quick before they start eating the walls" type of meal. I threw a couple of things together that most people have in their kitchens already and came up with this family-sized hot pocket. This is what my family likes to call it—to me it looks more like meat in a blanket. So I guess that would make it somewhat comparable to a pig in a blanket, only super-sized. But regardless of what you call it, it's delicious.
My family loved it, and I hope yours does too. If you want to change the type of meat or use a meat alternative instead, the results should still be pretty yummy. Just make sure to use the same amount of whatever you're using, or it might not turn out right. You want to make sure your pockets are stuffed and that liquid gold (cheese) is oozing out the sides. Or maybe you want to use a bit less cheese than my recipe calls for. I do have a slight obsession with cheese!
Oh, and my walls were spared the teeth marks that my ravenous bunch could have inflicted. Yes, that's a score for Mom! Now if I could just figure out a dog-friendly version of this recipe, then my furniture and my walls would be safe.
Always remember you don't have to be a fancy sous chef to create a great meal. If a clumsy, goofy, mess such as myself can put something like this together, anybody can do it.
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- 8 stacks thinly sliced steak (the same kind of meat you use for Philly cheesesteaks)
- 2 cloves garlic, sliced and pressed
- 2 cans biscuits, any brand
- 1 cup mushrooms, finely diced
- 1 cup onions, finely diced
- 4 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (any brand, but thicker shreds work better)
- 1 can cooking oil spray
- 1 glass baking dish
- 1 glass of wine and some great music (this one is for Mom only!)
- 1 spatula or spoon, for mixing
Note: You do not have to use the exact same amount of ingredients I used. You can give it your own twist by simply adding more or less of something. You can also trade that glass of wine for a soda if you'd like. Unfortunately, my nerves crave wine and showtunes, so dry white wine and Hello Dolly it is for this mama. Please excuse the drunk dancing at the end of the night—Mama is needing a moment!
- Preheat the oven to 350°F for a glass pan you may need to turn it up to 375 if you're using a dark pan.
- Cook your meat until it is no longer pink and then drain most of the juices out. This will keep your mix from being too watery when everything is mixed together.
- Once your meat is done, shred your steak, add your onions, garlic, and mushrooms. Cook just long enough to get your onions brown and your mushrooms a little soft. If you cook them too long they will be completely caramelized and become way too done to cook in the oven. Once your meat and vegetables are done completely drain your mixture. If you don't your dough will end up soggy and falling apart.
- Now, spray your glass baking dish with your cooking spray until it is completely covered, I even spray the sides just to be on the safe side. Or if you prefer to use butter or oil you can use those instead. Just make sure to use something or your dough will stick and burn.
- Open both cans of biscuits, and make two huge balls of dough: one for the top and another for the bottom layer. If you notice your dough is too sticky you can add a pinch of flour to your dough.
- Flatten your balls into two separate, almost pizza-looking layers. You want each layer to be about a half inch in thickness. If it's too thin it will rip when you try to close everything together. If it's too thick your dough will take longer to cook on top and the bottom will burn.
- Place your bottom layer in your pan and start filling it with about a third of your meat mixture. Leave about an inch all the way around, so you have room to close your ends together.
- Then add 1 cup of your cheese onto your first layer of meat. Once your first layer is done you keep repeating the process until you've reached your lat layer. I put in three layers of meat and two layers of cheese on mine. You can do two layers of meat and one layer of cheese if you want.
- Place your second layer of dough on and pinch it together with the bottom to form what looks like a big hot pocket. You can even use a fork to really seal the edges but this is a personal choice of course.
- Add the remainder of the cheese to the top of your dough and place in the oven for 30 to 35 minutes. Enjoy!
My Family Devoured It!
Good cooking is not based on how much time you spend in the kitchen, or how much money went you spent. That choice is determined by how much time it takes your family to eat it. Considering they had it all devoured and were asking for more before I even had a chance to get any, this dish will be a guaranteed winner for my kids and hubby. They can't wait for me to cook it again, and truth be told neither can I.
© 2012 Mary