My name is Shanna and I cook. A lot.

My basic problem is: I like food. I like cooking food, I like tasting food, I like reading about food, I like watching others eat the food I've made, I like sharing food. I could go on. Basically, like I said, I like food. I'm the girl who goes on vacation and spends 75% of her time cooking.

Fortunately, I have a sous chef.

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Unfortunately, he doesn't take his job seriously.

So, all this week, I'm going to post some recipes my boys  and I looooooove.

Starting with:

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Epic Hot Pockets

I begin with the Auntie Anne's Pretzel Recipe. This recipe is my go-to base for a lot of fun stuff I make.

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cup warm water
1 1/8 teaspoon active dry yeast
2
tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup bread flour
3
cups regular flour
2 cups Warm water
2 tablespoons baking soda
to taste coarse salt
4 tablespoons butter (melted)

Directions:

Sprinkle
yeast on lukewarm water in mixing bowl; stir to dissolve. Add sugar,
salt and stir to dissolve; add flour and knead dough until smooth and
elastic. Let rise at least 1/2 hour.

While dough is rising,
prepare a baking soda water bath with 2 cups warm water and 2 Tbsp
baking soda. Be certain to stir often.

Now here is where I and the original recipe part ways.

Now that your dough is ready, flour your countertop (or where you roll things flat) and roll your dough into a big rectangle. Using a pizza cutter (or  very sharp knife), cut the dough in half lengthwise.

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Now cut it into sections width-wise. I cut this sheet of dough into 6 sections, but if my dough is bigger, I have been known to cut it into 8 or 10.

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Take your sections and top each with a slice of cheese and lunchmeat. For these, I used pepperjack cheese and smoked turkey (shaved).

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Roll the dough up with the meat and cheese inside…

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And tuck the ends under on the same side as the seam.

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Dip into the baking soda bath (it sounds stupid, but if you skip this step, they won't brown properly), and place SEAM SIDE DOWN onto a greased or foiled cookie sheet. I use release foil because I am one laaaaaazy mama. I loooooove Reynolds release foil.

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Bake for 10-15 minutes at 400 degrees or until nice and golden brown. They'll look like this when they come out:

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Now, either dip the tops of the sandwiches into melted butter or take the lazy mom's way out and rub a stick of butter on the top. Those little leftover parts of sticks of butter after baking are perfect for this.

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Sprinkle with coarse salt…

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And serve! 🙂

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