These tasty little homemade dough pieces are stuffed up with tomato sauce, cheese and pepperoni to make football pizza pockets!
Get ready for the big game with these awesome homemade Football Pizza Pockets! I mean what better way to celebrate football than with food that is in the shape of a football? I’m a huge college football fan and we often have friends over to watch games with us on Saturday. My favorite part is that there is always delicious food.
I thought it would be cool to make a football pizza but then stuff them into little single serving pockets. Why not?
Making a Homemade Pizza Sauce
Making homemade pizza sauce is super easy actually.Most of the time these days I just only used crushed tomatoes, but since I am stuffing all this into little football pizzas, I need to pack it with flavor.
- To start you want to caramelize some finely minced onions and garlic in some olive oil in a large pot.
- Once they are browned, and yes you need to take the time to do this, you then add in the tomatoes and dry herbs and let it stew for a bit. Trust me the longer this cooks the better this recipe will be.
- Finish the sauce by thickening it with some tomato paste, salt and pepper and boom you are good to go!
- Last but not least, chill the pizza sauce so that it doesn’t mess up the dough.
How to Shape It Like a Football
Making these is actually super easy. You can either use a homemade dough recipe or just go snag the pre-made ones in the refrigerated foods section.
You start by rolling out the dough and then cutting it into the shape of a football.
Once they are cut out you then want to stuff them up with whatever you want. You can be creative here and remember what are some of your favorite pizza toppings are and stuff it up!
I used a simple combo of the pizza sauce, some mozzarella cheese, and pepperoni. I know I’m far too lame and simple when it comes to toppings.
Place in a small amount of the cooled tomato sauce, some shredded mozzarella cheese, and the toppings are up to you. To change it up I also used cooked Italian sausage in a few of the football pizza pockets.
Next, brush around the toppings with a simple egg wash, place down another sliced piece of pie dough and press down around the outside using a fork. Lastly, brush the top of the dough with the egg wash and place it on some small pieces of dough to resemble the football laces.
There should be plenty of dough leftover after you roll it out and cut out your football shapes.
I served them up with a side of Ranch dressing and some leftover tomato sauce! Nothing better than being able to dip right? Plus, who doesn’t like a little extra sauce?
More Awesome Football Foods
If you love this, then you will love these delicious football appetizers!
Also, if you want to make your own pizza dough for football pizza then here is a great recipe.
Football Pizza Pockets
- 1 teaspoon of olive oil
- 1 small diced yellow onion
- 2 finely minced cloves of garlic
- two 15 ounce cans of Hunt’s® Diced tomatoes undrained
- 1 tablespoon of dry oregano
- 1 tablespoon of dry basil
- 1/2 cup of Hunt’s Tomato Paste
- 4 premade pie dough sheets rolled out to 1/8” thick and cut into 20 4” football shapes reserve the extra dough
- 1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
- ¼ pound of cooked loose Italian sauce
- 10 large slices of pepperoni
- 2 eggs and 2 tablespoons of milk whisked together to make an egg wash
- Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 425°
- In a medium-size pot on high heat with olive oil add in the onions and garlic and saute for 6 to 8 minutes or until lightly browned.
- Next, add in the tomatoes and herbs and bring to a simmer.
- Whisk in the tomato paste until the sauce becomes thick, and season with salt and pepper. Cool completely in the refrigerator.
- Once the dough is rolled out and the football shapes have been created place a small amount of the tomato sauce in the center of a football-shaped piece of dough. Add on a little shredded cheese and then some pepperoni slices or cooked Italian sausage.
- Brush a small amount of the egg wash around the outside edge of the dough and place another piece of dough right on top pressing down around the edges.
- Use a fork to press around the outsides to seal them.
- Next, cut 4 thin strips per pizza pocket and form football like strings over the top of the pizza pocket.
- Brush the entire pizza pocket with egg wash and place on a cookie sheet tray dusted with cornmeal or sprayed with PAM® Original No-Stick Spray and bake in the oven for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.