Sourdough Pockets

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I’ve been looking for lunch ideas for Joe. During the summer he takes a lunch and last summer was pretty sad with peanut butter sandwiches more often than I care to admit. Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon, has some lunch box suggestions. One of those was Empanadas. I used that idea to create a rather simple Meat Pocket type item using ingredients I had on hand. The crust is one loaf size amount of our every day sourdough bread. I let the bread ‘soak’ for about 8 hours and then took out the amount I wanted from it. The bread was formed into balls and then rolled out with a little flour and my rolling pin into mostly circular shapes.

While I was working on that I was also cooking up my filling. I used;
1/2 pound ground beef
1/2 of a minced onion
3 green onions, chopped
1/2 of a small head of cabbage, shredded.
Salt and pepper
I cooked the beef with the minced onion. When almost done I added the green onion and cabbage and cooked until the cabbage was soft. Salt and pepper was added to taste.
Then comes the fun part. Take a dough circle and lay it out. Put a little filling (I guess about 1/4 to 1/3 of a cup depending on size of your circle) off center. The pull the top of the dough over. Use a fork to crimp the edges and seal the dough together (you may need to keep the fork floured so it doesn’t stick). Place on a buttered cookie sheet. Repeat until all of your circles are made into Pockets. Bake at 375 for about 10 minutes, flip each Pocket over and bake an additional 8 to 10 minutes until golden (my altitude is around 5,000 feet, you may need to cook slightly more or less).
MMMMM. So good. So easy. So portable. These were a huge hit. Joe enjoyed them for his lunches as did the kids and I. It made quite a few Pockets (I think 15). These would be great wrapped and frozen for future use. And I love that it uses my basic sourdough bread recipe. It is so easy just to make a double recipe to have enough for sandwich bread, these pockets and maybe even a pan or two of rolls.
The fillings could be limitless. I could do a veggie only (not likely, but possible), chicken, roast beef, turkey, etc. Maybe a Pizza version stuffed with pepperoni, mozza cheese and pizza sauce. Yum. Or how about a Mexican Style with taco spiced meat and shredded cheddar?
What kinds of fillings would you use?
This post is a contribution to Pennywise Platter hosted each Thursday by Kimi, The Nourishing Gourmet and to Two for Tuesdays hosted by Alex at A Moderate Life.
Millie Copper
Millie Copper is a Wyoming wife and mama. After reading Nourishing Traditions in early 2009, her family began transforming their diet to whole, unprocessed, nutrient dense foods—a little at a time while stretching their food dollars. Millie is passionate to share how, with a little creativity, anyone can transition to a real foods diet without overwhelming their food budget. Millie began blogging in late 2009 and has amassed a collection of frugal recipes and methods. Her specialties include cooking with wild game and creating “Stretchy Beans”. Discovering a love of writing, she has penned four books focusing on healthy eating on a budget and is trying her hand at fiction writing. Learn more at


  1. Brandy

    >Yum that looks good! I've made something similar, but with pizza or taco fillings. Hmmm … maybe I could get Jason to eat cooked cabbage if I made him one of these? 😉

  2. GIa

    >I do this too. I usually use my sourdough pizza dough, next loaf of bread I will try some of that dough. I fill mine with turkey and cheese and pizza stuff like a hot pocket.

  3. girlichef

    >Oh, these sound awesome!! I would stuff them with whatever was available…just so I could have some nummy sourdough 😉 Thanks for bringing them to Two for Tuesdays!

  4. Bethany

    >I love this idea! I always have a hard time with lunch ideas and I'm always looking for new ways to use my sourdough starter. So, this was perfect for me! I am going to try this recipe THIS week. Thanks so much for adding it to our Two for Tuesday blog hop! I hope you join us next week too!

  5. Alex

    >Millie! What can I say except YUM!!! Thanks so much for participating in the Two for tuesday recipe blog hop and I hope to see you again next week! Keep it REAL! Alex

  6. J L Health

    >I love to make sourdough and these area great idea. My sister makes something similar but I had forgotten until I saw your post. Thanks for joining Two for Tuesdays…..Jason

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