If you’re looking for a quick, easy, and kid-friendly lunch to make, it’s hard to go wrong with this recipe. This easy hand pie recipe only calls for 3 ingredients and produces the BEST Homemade Hot Pockets. If you’re looking for inexpensive, low-fuss lunch ideas to prep for the week beyond your typical sandwich, this is it. The only ingredients you’ll need are crescent rolls, turkey, and swiss, you blink, and they’re done. Making them perfect for busy school and work weeks.
The combination of turkey and swiss cheese, along with the flaky crunch of the crescent roll hand pie, creates the perfect savory flavor that will make your mouth water! And because they are individually “wrapped,” these little crescent roll hot pockets make great snacks or appetizers too!
Equipment You’ll Need
The only equipment you need to make these Hot Pockets is a baking sheet and parchment paper. That’s it, talk about an easy lunch prep!
Full directions and measurements for this dish are in the printable recipe card below. This is a quick walk-through on how to make it.
Ingredients You’ll Need
How to Make Homemade Hot Pockets With Crescent Rolls in the Oven
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with cooking spray.
- Open can. Remove dough and separate into 4 rectangles (2 triangles each). Press perforated seams together.
- For each hand pie: Place 1 – 2 slices of turkey deli meat on one side of dough. Top with one half slice of swiss cheese, folding the cheese in half.
- Fold over the dough in half and press edges closed with a fork.
- Transfer hand pies to the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes or until golden brown.
- Allow to cool completely before packing inside lunch box.
Other Hot Pocket Filling Ideas
If turkey and swiss isn’t everybody’s thing in the house, not to worry, I’ve got you covered! The great thing about making Hot Pockets with crescent rolls is that you can fill them with anything (even sweet stuff!). If half of your family is more ham and cheddar than turkey and swiss, and one person just wants pepperoni and mozzarella, it’s no big deal! You can make a ton of different variations all at one time without a ton of extra work.
Some other great ideas for Savory Meat Hot Pocket fillings are:
- Ham & cheddar cheese
- Ham with swiss cheese and dijon mustard
- Salami with provolone cheese.
- Bacon with cheddar cheese
- Sausage with cheddar cheese
- Chicken & melted mozzarella or provolone cheese
- Philly Cheese Steak with shredded beef and melted provolone cheese
- Pulled Pork with BBQ sauce
- And of course, the classic Pizza Pockets Recipe filled with pepperoni & marinara.
Some ideas for Vegetarian Meat Hot Pocket fillings are:
- Sun-dried tomatoes, mozzarella and pesto
- Grilled eggplant, fresh mozzarella and roasted red peppers
- Fresh basil leaves, marinated artichokes hearts and melted provolone cheese
- Fresh spinach, tomatoes and melted mozzarella cheese
- Roasted mushrooms, caramelized onions and melted swiss cheese
- Roasted cauliflower, sweet peppers and melted provolone cheese
For Sweet, Hot Pockets try combining flavors like:
- Peanut butter with dried cranberries
- Nutella with bananas slices
- Grape jelly with peanut butter
- marshmallow fluff, chocolate chips and graham crackers
- Apples and cinnamon sugar
- Coconut cream cheese and toasted coconut flakes.
- Nutella with marshmallow fluff
- fruit preserves with cream cheese
You can get really creative with your own personal favorite flavors or try out some of these great combinations. Once you start making homemade hot pockets, it’ll be hard to stop!
Homemade Hot Pockets FAQs
Can I freeze this recipe?
You can! This is the perfect make-ahead lunch! If you do freeze them, you’ll want to make sure you or your kiddos can heat them in a microwave as the crust will pull in some moisture from the freezer. Make sure you let your Hot Pockets cool completely before you wrap or transfer them to the freezer. It’s best to wrap each hand pie tightly in parchment paper and then tin foil before placing them in a freezer-safe bag.
How long are homemade hot pockets good for?
In the freezer, they are good for up to 3 months. If you are storing them in the fridge, you will want to eat them within 3-5 days.
Do I have to use Cresent Roll dough?
If you don’t have any crescent roll dough, or you just aren’t a fan of it, you can substitute it for puff pastry, pizza dough, or if you’re feeling frisky homemade dough. For the puff pastry, you will want to bake it for 15-20 minutes, keeping an eye on it to make sure it doesn’t get burnt. If you are going to use pizza dough, you’re looking at a 20-30 minute baking time depending on how thick you leave the dough.
The sky is the limit with this recipe, so have fun playing around with it. Here are some other ideas for low-fuss, kid-friendly lunches: Turkey, bacon club kabobs, Waffle Tacos, Lasagna Roll-Ups, and PB&J Banana Wrapped Sushi!