It all started last week, right before grocery shopping day. We were down to almost nothing in the house and I refused to leave to get the handful of ingredients needed to make all the various meals I thought of. I was forced to make one of my patented “Invention Meals.”
Tim LOVES Invention Meal night. I’m always worried I’ll mess it up. But last week? I hit GOLD!!
May I present to you – Sloppy Joe Hot Pockets:
This tasty meal, my friends, was the result of me having a pound of ground beef, a tube of crescent roll sheets, a packet of sloppy joe seasoning, and a handful of cheddar cheese. And it was a HIT with the husband AND the toddler! HUGS ALL AROUND!! HOORAY FOR MOMMY!!
The best part about this? You can put almost ANYTHING inside those hot pocket thingies. I had sloppy joes (that I made from a pound of beef and a packet of seasoning) and cheese. Or you could make it with a can of Manwich. Or however you like to make your sloppy joes. Or you could do taco meat and cheese and serve it with sour cream and salsa. Or you could put my yummy buffalo chicken stuffing in it (actually, I really REALLY want that right now). Your possibilities are quite endless.
I’m sure you want the recipe, yes?
Sloppy Joe meat (however you want to prepare it)
One tube of refrigerated crescent roll sheet dough (NOT the tube that comes with the crescents already cut out. You want the whole sheet)
Non-stick spray (I used butter flavor. You’ll find out why in a sec)
Preheat your oven to the temperature listed on the tube of dough. Prepare your sloppy joe meat however you choose. Or your taco meat. Or whatever filling your little heart desires! While it’s cooling slightly, unroll the sheet of dough. Cut it into eight equal rectangles. Spread out each rectangle so it forms a thinner square. You want it big enough to put plenty of filling inside, but not so big and thin it won’t hold all the goodness.
Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray (or use a non-stick cookie sheet, whatevs!). One by one, put a square on the sheet and put a scoop or two of your filling into one half of the dough square. Put a sprinkle of cheese on top of the filling. Fold the other half of the dough over the top and gently push the edges together. As you can see in my picture above, I was worried that just pushing the edges together wasn’t enough to keep it all in, so I toyed with folding the edges around like a cream cheese puff. That’s totally unnecessary. The dough will puff up just enough when you bake it and everything will stay in place!
(Optional) Once all the squares are filled, spray the top of each with butter flavored cooking spray and sprinkle some sea salt on top.
Bake for about 10-15 minutes. It’s done when the dough is all nice and puffy and brown!
Serve with some dipping sauces, and chow down!
And bonus? These reheat really well, too!
Go forth and make a yummy, quick, weeknight meal that is toddler approved! By my toddler, anyway