Saturday, October 18, 2008

Pizza Pockets

Cook Time: 16 min
Level: Easy
yield: 4-6 servings (about 16)


* 1 tablespoon olive oil
* 8 ounces Italian turkey sausage
* 1 cup tightly-packed arugula (about 1 ounce)
* 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
* 1/3 cup grated Parmesan, plus 1/4 cup
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
* 1 (13.5-ounce) package of store-bought pizza crust (recommended:
* All-purpose flour, for rolling out pizza dough
* 1 egg, beaten (for egg wash)
* 1 1/2 cups marinara sauce, store-bought or homemade


Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a medium-sized, heavy
skillet. Add the sausage and cook until crumbled and golden, about 5
minutes. Add the arugula and cook until wilted. Turn off the heat and
let cool about 10 minutes. Add the cream cheese, 1/3 cup Parmesan,
salt, and pepper and stir to combine. Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Roll out the pizza dough on a
lightly floured surface to a thin 20 by 12-inch rectangle. Cut the
rectangle in half lengthwise. The cut each half into 8 equal

Spoon topping onto 1 side of each of the rectangles. Using a pastry
brush, brush the edges of the rectangle with egg wash. Close the
rectangle of pizza dough over the topping. Use a fork to seal and
crimp the edges. Place the pizza pockets onto a parchment paper-lined
baking sheet. Brush the top of each pizza pocket with egg wash.
Sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan. Bake until golden, about 15 to
17 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat the marinara sauce over low heat in a medium saucepan.
Serve the hot pizza pockets with the marinara sauce alongside for

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