There is just something appealing about pocket dinners. I guess it has something to do with eating with your hands that makes the meal seem more fun. Another thing I love about them is how easy the leftovers can be incorporated into work or school lunches for later in the week. Here is an easy recipe that can be whipped up quickly for your next dinner.
Italian Popover With Bruschetta
1 lb. of hamburger
1/2 medium-sized red bell pepper (diced)
1/2 small onion (diced)
1 small jar of sun dried tomatoes
1 can of tomato paste (reserve 1 1/2 tablespoons for the Bruschetta)
1/2 block (4 oz.) of cream cheese
4 oz. of hard cheese (grated)
1 t. oregano
1/2 t. garlic powder
Brown the hamburger, bell pepper and onion. Drain off any excess fat. Add the sun dried tomatoes, tomato paste, cream cheese and seasonings to the hamburger. Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir over low heat until well mixed and melted. The mixture should be thick. If needed, add a small amount of water by the tablespoon.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease or spray the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish. Spoon the meat mixture onto a tortilla. Fold in the ends first and then the sides. Squeeze gently and place in the baking dish, seams down. Arrange the pockets side-to-side. Spread a light layer of olive oil over each popover.
Bake for 20 minutes. Take the pan out of the oven and flip the popovers. Spread a light layer of olive oil over the top. Bake for 20 more minutes. Remove from the oven and sprinkle grated cheese over the top.
5 plum tomatoes (diced)
3 garlic cloves (minced)
1 1/2 Tb. Balsamic vinegar
remaining tomato paste
salt and pepper
Mix the ingredients and serve on top.
These are yummy for all ages. Enjoy!
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