How to Make Pizza Pockets

Pizza in a pinch is how I usually describe these sandwiches. Be sure to use packaged soft sliced bread for the best results.

Homemade Pizza Pockets from the Pantry

With a waffle iron and a few pantry staples such as soft whole-wheat bread, store-bought marinara sauce, shredded mozzarella, and grated Parmesan and Pecorino Romano, you can prepare a quick and easy hand-held lunch that kids will adore. Start by assembling the ingredients and heating up the waffle iron.


By Jennifer Perillo

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Assemble the Pizza Pockets

Lay 4 slices of bread on a counter or cutting board and sprinkle fresh shredded mozzarella on each slice, leaving a 1/4-inch border. Then spread 1 1/2 teaspoons sauce over the cheese and bread slices. Sprinkle a bit of grated Parm or Pecorino Romano on top of the sauce for a sharp, salty bite.

Transfer to the Waffle Iron

Place the sandwiches into the waffle iron (you may need to do this in batches depending on the size of your iron) and top each with the remaining slices of bread.  

Cook Until Golden

Close the lid and cook until the sandwiches are golden, 2 to 4 minutes, depending on the temperature setting of your waffle iron.  

A Perfectly Portable Lunch

Crisp on the outside, gooey on the inside, these homemade pizza pockets are great hot off the waffle iron — but they also make perfectly portable lunches for kids. Wrap them in foil to pack for a school lunch or picnic.