So we had these Hot Pocket like things growing up called Piroshki’s (Russian). They are a bread filled pocket sandwich per say.  The best part is that you control what goes into it meaning that you can make a healthy choice.  Below is the recipe that I use for the traditional recipe that  I grew up with.


1 onion, finely chopped

1-2 tablespoons minced garlic (depending on your taste)
1 pound of ground turkey (beef can be used)
2 stalks of finely chopped celery
1 green bell pepper finely chopped
1 cup chopped mushrooms (optional)
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 tablespoon thyme
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 Cup white wine
1 packet of brown gravy mix
1 package of frozen bread dough or frozen rolls


    1. Combine ground turkey, onion, garlic, celery, bell pepper, mushrooms, dried herbs (you may want to use less per your family’s taste) and olive oil in a large pot,  season with salt and pepper and cook until meat is browned and other ingredients are tender.
    2. Mix gravy mix with cool water (I like to do this with an old jar).
    3. Add wine and gravy mixture to the meat mixture and cook just until the gravy begins to thicken.
    4. Spoon mixture into the middle of 3/8″ thick 6″ square rounds (“squovals”) of bread dough ( I used the rolls this morning and it took 2 of them that are about the size of a golf ball).
    5. Bring up all 4 sides and pinch at the seams to seal so that it looks like an envelope. Place the sealed dough seam-side down on sprayed cookie sheet.
    6. Let  them rise for 30 minutes. Bake your breads using the temperature on the package instructions until golden brown on top.
    7. Remove from pan to cooling rack and brush with butter to gloss/soften crust.

Notes: This can be done with your favorite bread recipe wheat or white.  There are also many variations for the fillings that can be used, Kevin’s favorite is a Pizza one done with cheese down, then sauce, then meat. You could also do a Ham and Cheese, Philly Cheese or even a breakfast version!


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