With a golden brown gluten-free crust filled with melted cheese and pepperoni, these homemade gluten-free hot pockets are hard to pass up! The teenager fan favorite just got an adult-style upgrade with fresh wholesome ingredients. Whether it's game day, a date night in, or a BBQ out bak, this easy and fun recipe will be a hit!
I think everyone, at some point in their life, devoured an embarrassing number of hot pockets in a short amount of time. It's like a rite of passage for teenagers. I guess when you're 16 pushing start on the microwave is about the extent of your kitchen abilities.
For all the adults that want in on the hot pocket fun (but maybe not the ingredients), these homemade gluten-free hot pockets are for you. They have the same pizza taste you know and love but are complete with wholesome ingredients, real cheese, and fresh pepperoni. Oh, and they're baked in the oven, not in the microwave 🙂
If you're a fan of these gluten-free hot pockets, you should also check out my whipped feta pizza!
What makes these pizza hot pockets so tasty?
These hand-held gluten-free hot pockets make the perfect snack or appetizer. They have a crispy golden brown gluten-free crust packed full with melted cheese, fresh marinara (this one is my favorite), and natural pepperoni. In other words, they have it all!
They do take more time to make than the classic "microwave-style" hot pocket but hey, they're also fun to prepare!
Step by step directions
There are a couple additional steps to these gluten-free hot pockets in comparison to the freezer to microwave style, but it's well worth it!
Step 1 : Prepare the dough
First, prepare the pizza dough. This is easily done in a mixing bowl or in a food processor. Simply whisk together the flours and seasonings then add the egg, coconut oil, and water. Mix well with a spoon or spatula to incorporate the egg into the flour.
If the mixture is too dry, add another tablespoon of water until the flour is fully incorporated. Once a large ball of dough begins to form, it's ready to be rolled out.
Step 2 : Roll out the dough and slice
Roll out ½ of the dough on a piece of parchment paper sprinkled with a little extra tapioca flour. You'll want to sprinkle the tapioca flour on top of the dough as well (this makes it easier to roll out). With a rolling pin, roll the dough out to about ¼ inch in thickness. Be sure not to roll it out too thick as you still want to be able to fit the filling in the middle.
Roll the other half of the dough out in a similar fashion. One half will act a the bottom of the hot pocket and the other half will be the top.
Once all the dough is rolled out, slice it into 3 x 3 squares. If desired, smaller or larger squares will also work.
Step 3 : Add the filling
Spread half of the squares out on the parchment paper, about 2 inches apart. Set the other half of the squares aside, these will be the tops of the gluten-free hot pockets.
Spoon about a tablespoon of marinara sauce in the middle of each of the squares. Next sprinkle a little shredded mozzarella over top followed but a few pepperoni.
Make sure to leave some space around the edges so you can easily seal the gluten-free hot pockets.
Step 4 : Seal and bake!
After you've added all the toppings, place a square of dough over top. It's best to make sure the toppings aren't doming too much but a little flat on the top. This helps when putting the dough on top.
With a fork, press around the sides to seal the toppings inside. Brush the tops with a whisked egg (the egg wash) and bake in the oven.
The gluten-free hot pockets are done when the crust turns a golden brown. A little marina sauce may seep through as well which is okay. Let them cool slightly before enjoying!
There are tons of ways to make these gluten-free hot pockets your own! Here are a few recommendations:
- Use ground turkey sausage instead of pepperoni
- Add pineapple for a Hawaiian pizza vibe
- Swap the pepperoni for veggies like peppers and mushrooms to make this vegetarian
- Make it fancy and use pesto as the sauce instead of marinara
To store, place the gluten-free pizza hot pockets in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. When ready to eat, heat them up in the microwave or toaster for a few minutes.
Frequently asked questions
Yes, if needed use arrowroot starch in place of the tapioca flour.
Be sure to roll out the dough on top of a piece of parchment paper lightly dusted with a little extra tapioca flour. This will take the stickiness out of the dough without drying it out.
To make this recipe dairy-free, use a vegan mozzarella cheese inside the hot pockets. I recommend the VioLife or Trader Joe's brand.
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