Main menu

Homemade Veggie-Filled Dough Pockets

A Celebration of Fresh Flavors: Homemade Veggie-Filled Dough Pockets

Homemade Veggie-Filled Dough Pockets

These delightful veggie-filled dough pockets are a burst of freshness and flavor in every bite. They're perfect for incorporating a delightful mix of colorful vegetables into your diet, wrapped in a soft and satisfying dough. This recipe provides endless possibilities for customization, making it a fantastic addition to any meal

Plan on spending roughly: 15 minutes on prep and 45 minutes for cooking, for a total of: 1 hour.


For the Dough:

  • 1 cup (240 ml) warm milk
  • 1 cup (240 ml) warm water
  • ⅓ cup (80 ml) vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon (20 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (10 grams) active dry yeast
  • 4 ½ cups (540 grams) all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon (5 grams) salt

For the Filling:

  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • ½ yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 red tomato, diced
  • 1 green tomato (optional), diced
  • 6 scallions, chopped
  • ½ cup (80 grams) chopped mushrooms (optional)
  • ½ cup (50 grams) grated cheddar cheese (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) olive oil
  • Add pinches of salt and freshly cracked black pepper until the flavors are balanced.


  • Create the Perfect Dough:
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine the warm milk, warm water, vegetable oil, sugar, and yeast. Let the mixture sit for 5 minutes, allowing the yeast to activate and become frothy.
    • Grab a bowl and whisk the flour and salt to combine them. Gradually fold this dry mixture into the wet mixture until it forms a soft dough.
    • Transfer the dough to a surface dusted with a light amount of flour. Knead it for about 10 minutes, aiming for a smooth and stretchy consistency. If the dough is sticky, don't hesitate to add a bit more flour.
    • Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover it with plastic wrap, and let it rise in a warm place for 45 minutes, or until doubled in size.
  • Prepare the Veggie Symphony:
    • While the dough rises, prepare your vegetable filling. Get your vegetables ready by dicing them into bite-sized pieces. As you do this, heat up some olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Sauté the vegetables for 5-7 minutes, or until softened slightly.
    • Season with salt and pepper to taste. This is where you can get creative! Feel free to add other vegetables you enjoy, such as chopped spinach, shredded zucchini, or crumbled cooked sausage (for a non-vegetarian option).
  • Assemble and Cook the Pockets:
    • Once the dough has risen, punch down the air and transfer it to a lightly floured surface. Transform the dough into a large rectangle by rolling it out. It should be about ¼ inch thick, so keep an eye on the thickness as you roll.
    • Using a cookie cutter or a sharp knife, cut the dough into circles or squares. Place a spoonful of the vegetable filling in the center of each dough piece. If you're using cheese, sprinkle some on top of the filling.
    • Moisten the edges of the dough with a little water, then fold the dough over the filling and crimp the edges with a fork to seal them securely.
  • Golden Perfection:
    • Heat up a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add a touch of oil to coat the bottom. Once hot, carefully place the filled dough pockets in the skillet, leaving space between them for even cooking.
    • Cook until golden perfection! Each side should cook for 3-4 minutes, or until they're a delicious golden brown and crispy.
  • Savor the Deliciousness:
    • Transfer the cooked dough pockets to a paper towel-lined plate to drain any excess oil. Serve them warm, on their own or with your favorite dipping sauce, such as marinara, tzatziki, or a simple yogurt dip.

Tips for Success:

  • Activate the Yeast: Ensure the milk and water are warm to the touch, but not scalding, to activate the yeast effectively. If the liquid is too hot, it will kill the yeast and prevent the dough from rising.
  • Knead for Elasticity: Taking the time to knead the dough for 10 minutes develops the gluten, resulting in a soft and elastic dough that holds its shape well.
  • Don't Overcrowd the Pan: When cooking the dough pockets, leave enough space between them in the pan to allow for even browning and prevent them from sticking together.
  • Experiment with Fillings: A Universe of Veggie Delights The beauty of this recipe lies in its versatility. The basic dough and cooking method remain the same, while the filling offers a playground for your culinary creativity!

Here are some ideas to inspire your veggie pocket adventures:

Classic Veggie Delights:

  • Mediterranean Medley: Swap the bell peppers with diced zucchini, sun-dried tomatoes, and crumbled feta cheese. Drizzle with a touch of olive oil and fresh oregano for a burst of Mediterranean flavor.
  • Spicy Fiesta: Love a kick? Add some chopped jalapenos or chipotle peppers in adobo sauce to your veggie mix. Top with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of fresh cilantro for a south-of-the-border fiesta.
  • Asian Fusion: Saute shredded cabbage, carrots, and green onions in a drizzle of sesame oil. Add a splash of soy sauce and a touch of grated ginger for an Asian-inspired filling. Finish with a drizzle of sweet chili sauce for dipping.

Gourmet Veggie Pockets:

  • Creamy Spinach and Artichoke: Saute chopped spinach with diced artichoke hearts and a dollop of cream cheese. Season with garlic powder and a pinch of nutmeg for a luxurious and creamy filling.
  • Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese: Slowly caramelize thinly sliced onions until golden brown. Combine with crumbled goat cheese and a sprinkle of fresh thyme for a sophisticated and decadent filling.
  • Roasted Butternut Squash and Sage: Roast cubed butternut squash with olive oil and fresh sage leaves until tender. Combine with ricotta cheese and a sprinkle of grated parmesan cheese for a warm and comforting filling.

Non-Vegetarian Options:

  • Italian Sausage and Peppers: Saute crumbled Italian sausage with diced bell peppers and onions. Season with Italian seasoning and a touch of red pepper flakes for a hearty and flavorful filling.
  • Chicken and Broccoli: Saute cooked and shredded chicken with chopped broccoli and a light cheddar cheese sauce for a protein-packed and satisfying filling.
  • Shrimp and Scallion: Saute diced shrimp with chopped scallions and a splash of soy sauce. Add a pinch of ginger and sesame oil for a light and flavorful seafood filling.

Beyond Vegetables:

Feel free to get even more creative! These dough pockets can be filled with sweet or savory combinations. To get your taste buds tingling, consider these delicious filling variations:

  • Apple and Cinnamon: Dice a sweet apple and toss with brown sugar and cinnamon. Add a touch of chopped nuts for extra crunch.
  • Cheese and Fruit: Fill the dough pockets with cream cheese and your favorite fruit, such as diced strawberries, blueberries, or peaches. Take it up a notch in the sweetness department with a drizzle of honey.
  • Chocolate Hazelnut: Spread Nutella or another chocolate hazelnut spread onto the dough circle. Top with chopped roasted hazelnuts for a decadent and delightful treat.