August 28, 2017

Tot Pockets Inspired by Napoleon Dynamite

Happy Movie Monday friends!
This month's theme is Back to School and I am excited to share a recipe inspired by one of my favorite comedies: Napoleon Dynamite. If you love the movie like I do you know there Napoleon has a love for tater tots and carries them in his pants pocket.

So my clever husband came up with the idea to make Tot Pockets, like Hot Pockets but with tater tots added to the meat and cheese filling!

On the last Monday of each month, a group of bloggers participate in a #MovieMondayChallenge, hosted by C'mon Get Crafty! We decide on a topic, genre, or specific movie to use for inspiration and everyone gets free reign to create something wonderful! If you'd like to join our Facebook group, you can request an invite here.
I seriously cannot stop laughing during this entire movie!
What is your favorite back to school themed movie?
Check out my recipe and the link up below with other talented bloggers recipes and crafts inspired by our favorite back to school movies!




Ingredients:

Makes 8 pockets
  • 1 pkg {2 sheets} puff pastry squares, thawed
  • 1 cup ham, diced
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 {heaping} cup of tater tots, cooked
  • 1 egg, beaten

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Unroll the thawed puff pastry sheets and roll out to make it thinner.
  3. Cut each sheet into 4 squares. 
  4. Add a couple spoonfuls of diced ham and shredded cheese on the left side of each square.
  5. Top with 3 tater tots each.
  6. Brush the beaten egg on all edges of the square.
  7. Fold over the top half of the dough to form a pocket.
  8. Crimp the edges with a fork to seal and poke a few holes on top to vent.
  9. Place on a large lined baking sheet. 
  10. Brush tops of each pocket with egg so it will bake a golden color.
  11. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden and puffed up. 
  12.  Serve warm and enjoy!

I bought a small bag of frozen tater tots and baked half the bag.
I let my kiddos eat half and used about 24 tots for the Tot Pockets.

I decided to use puff pastry for these pockets because I love the flaky, rich flavor.
You can also use pie crust or biscuit dough. 

Unroll the thawed puff pastry sheets. Roll out to make it thinner.

Cut each sheet into 4 squares.
 You can use any filling with the tater tots.
I like chicken, turkey, bacon, or ham and then lots of cheese.
 Add a couple spoonfuls of diced ham and shredded cheese on the left side of each square.
 Top with 3 tater tots each.
Brush the beaten egg on all edges of the square.
 Fold over the top half of the dough to form a pocket.
Brush tops of each pocket with egg so it will bake a golden color.
Crimp the edges with a fork to seal and poke a few holes on top to vent.
 Place on a large lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees.
The pockets will be golden and puffed up.
Serve warm and enjoy your Tot Pocket!

Now let's see what everyone else was inspired to create for this month's #MovieMondayChallenge : Back to School movies! 

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7 comments:

  1. Another movie I've never seen...I feel like such a slacker. Cute recipe too - must better than a pocket from the frozen section

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  2. What a great idea!! That was such a funny movie!!

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  3. This is a movie that passed me by, but I will need to give it a watch, especially if it involves tots! I love tots and I need to make this!

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  4. I can't believe I'm saying this, but I have never watched this movie. I remember when it came out that there was so much talk about it and yet I never watched it. This recipe has me curious and I think I need to watch this.

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  5. Love this idea! And I would tot-ally (okay that only half works...) eat those tot pockets hahaha.

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  6. Ahh I remember this movie, so funny! Do you think these would be ok if you made them and froze individually before baking? Then I can make up bulk and have them ready to go!

    Jackie - Organised Mum Life

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