These Pizza Hand Pies are the perfect portable lunch or snack. They are quick and easy to make, and completely customizable.
Ahhh, pizza. I can't really say anything about pizza that you aren't already thinking. Pizza is pizza, right?
Well, yea. From deep dish to thin and crispy, you can find pizza crust in all styles, and the flavors of pizza in just about everything.
From pizza flavored chips (do they still make those?), to pizza Goldfish crackers, pizza is everywhere, and it's not going any place else soon.
We love pizza, and eat it almost like clock work every Friday night. It's the one night of the week that I enjoy the most, because as much as I love to be in the kitchen, I like having that one-day-a-week break.
When I shared my recipe for Taco Hand Pies a few weeks ago, I thought "I've got to share my Pizza Hand Pies with y'all!"
I've been making these more often lately, rather than getting a pizza to go. I'll make these during the week, and them pop them in the oven for about 8 minutes to warm them back up.
These are great because they can be customized completely. You could totally have your family make their own little Taco Hand Pies, using ingredients they choose.
This comes in handy for us. Zack and the girls like mushrooms, and I do not. Everyone buy Kelsie likes onions on their pizza. See, you get the idea.
Set up a little Pizza Hand Pies station and allow everyone to create their own. Sort of like personal pan pizzas, but portable!
You can do these one of two ways. You can place the sauce inside, or serve it on the side for dipping. It's completely up to you.
These make great after school snacks, to replace those hot pockets that you buy in the store, and they also make a great lunch for the kids to take to school! *if taking for school lunches, don't put the sauce inside*
Of course since I made the Taco Hand Pies, pizza doesn't have to be the only other option. You could take this idea and go anywhere with it. From cheeseburgers to breakfast. It's up to you!
How do you make Pizza Hand Pies?
Using 3 simple ingredients + your favorite toppings, you'll have these ready in no time.
- Roll out that refrigerated pie dough, cut into circles (I like using a large ramekin)
- Place on a baking sheet, and you can add the sauce (or use it for dipping), top with cheese and whatever your favorite toppings are.
- Seal and bake!
Can I use homemade dough?
Sure! I just use the premade stuff because it's faster. However, use whatever dough you'd like!
What other hand pies could I make?
The ideas are endless!
- Breakfast Hand Pies with chopped up cooked sausage and scrambled eggs
- Cheeseburger Hand Pies with seasoned ground beef, shredded cheese, and diced pickles
- Fruit Hand Pies with a fruity pie filling
What can I serve with these Pizza Hand Pies?
- Orange Maple Roasted Carrots
- Skinny Broccoli Salad with a Poppy Seed Dressing
- Parmesan Roasted Brussels Sprouts
- 1 box refrigerated Pillsbury Pie Dough (you will need to use both)
- pizza sauce (for dipping, or to place inside)
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- pepperonis, chopped onion, diced bell peppers, mushrooms, sausage, ANY pizza toppings that you like
- Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Remove the pie dough from the fridge and follow the directions on the box before using. (It says something about allowing to sit at room temp)
- Unroll your pie crusts, and cut into 5 inch round circles. I found that a ramekin was the exact size I needed, and used that as my guide. You should be able to get 6 circles from one crust. You will cut three, and then lightly flour your surface, and roll out, with a rolling pin, and you’ll be able to get 3 more. Place the dough on the parchment lined baking pans.
- If you are going to put the sauce into the hand pies, you will measure one tablespoon per hand pie. Otherwise skip this step.
- In the center of your pie dough circles, place one tablespoon cheese, and a pinch each, of your choice of toppings. Fold one side of the dough over, and press the edges together. Using a fork press gently along the edges to close them up.
- You can use an egg, beaten, to brush the tops of the dough before baking, but this isn’t completely necessary. Bake for 20 minutes or until dough is browned.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 316Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 497mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 9g