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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?