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Nowadays we lead fast-paced lives. Therefore, many turn to hot and convenient meals. Hot pockets are one of those. BestLifeTips will help you find out how to cook a Hot Pocket perfectly in the following content. Let’s get started.
Top 5 Hot Pocket flavors
Hot Pockets were invented in 1983, and in that time many flavors and varieties have come and gone. Here is top 5 of Hot Pockets’ flavors:
No.5 Four Cheese Pizza Hot Pockets with garlic buttery crust
Four Cheese Pizza Hot Pockets are the childhood standard. Four cheeses melted inside of pastry. Beside, the garlic buttery crust is standard, and you’ve practically got yourself a mini calzone in a microwavable blanket.
The Four Cheese Pizza Hot Pocket is leagues ahead of its Five Cheese cousin. It’s simple, classic, and very tasty. Parmesan, cheddar, provolone for just a little bite, and good ole dependable mozzarella make this one of the best Hot Pockets out there.
No.4 Philly Steak and Cheese Hot Pockets with seasoned crust
This one is like you put a Philly Cheese Steak in a pocket. Not with flaky croissant crust, but with a heartier seasoned crust.
It has all the fixings of a proper Philly cheese steak: peppers, onions, beef, and cheese. It also just makes more sense with this type of crust. It’s not like the bread you’ll get on a cheese steak, the seasonings are a nice addition. This is an example where a little extra flavor helps out.
No.3 Ham and Cheddar Hot Pockets with crispy, buttery crust
The chunks of ham add a nice salt component to the Ham and Cheddar Hot Pockets. They’ve got texture without being rubbery, and they break up the sheer amounts of cheese that inhabit in this Hot Pocket.
With extra cheese added in now (30 percent more, according to the package), these are primed to explode with cheddar. Also, they may actually explode. Keep a close eye on your Hot Pocket as it’s in the microwave. You may have a cheeses plosion on your hands. Make sure it’s cooled enough before biting it, otherwise molten hot cheese is going to burn your tongue.
No.2 Meatballs and Mozzarella Hot Pockets with garlic buttery crust
What better life choice could you make in the Hot Pocket world than to combine cheese and meatballs into an Italian delight in a pastry pocket? If there was a ranking of premium Hot Pockets, the Meatballs and Mozzarella Hot Pockets would definitely be up top. The meatballs play double duty here. They add body and texture and when you get a bite of them amidst the mozzarella, oh it’s incredible. Remember not to eat when it’s still hot.
No.1 Premium Pepperoni Pizza Hot Pockets with garlic buttery crust
Premium Pepperoni Pizza Hot Pockets were the true premium Hot Pockets back in the day. Not only do you get the taste of the cheese pizza, but you also get some pepperoni thrown in there as well. Add the garlic buttery crust, and you’ve got the king of all hot pockets. It adds some needed texture to just a plain cheese based Hot Pocket, as well as extra flavor.
Hot Pocket calories
- Four Cheese Pizza:
- Philly Steak & Cheese:
- Ham & Cheddar:
- Meatballs & Mozzarella:
- Pepperoni Pizza:
How to cook a Hot Pocket perfectly
Hot Pockets have a reputation for coming out either boiling hot or still frozen in the center. But how to cook a Hot Pocket perfectly? Let’s find out some ways to have it perfectly cooked.
1. How to cook a hot pocket perfectly with microwave
For those using microwave method, the overall cooking time depends on the number of pieces and the type of crust or turnovers.
After all, they come with buttery crusts, crispy ones, seasoned ones. For example, you should cook a Pepperoni-flavored Hot Pocket with Crispy Crust for 2 minutes using the microwave.
Meanwhile, for the same flavor as the buttery crusts, the recommended cooking time for one piece the time remains at 2 minutes. For two pieces, the cooking time decreases to only 3 minutes and 30 seconds compared to the crispy variety.
If you have a small or low wattage microwave, you’ll have to increase the cooking time. One sandwich should be cooked for 3 minutes, and they should be cooked one at a time for optimal results.
2. How to cook a hot pocket perfectly with a toaster oven
For those who do not have microwaves at home, you can also heat Hot Pockets in a toaster oven.
For this method, however, you might have to adjust the cooking time as each oven varies, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Instead of using the crisping sheet provided, you should bake your Hot Pocket on a baking tray for about 28 minutes.
Take these cooking times and methods with a grain of salt since they might depend on your chosen Hot Pocket variant. Be sure to read the instructions to avoid overcooking or spoiling your food.
- Hot Pocket oven vs microwave
I personally think it’s definitely worth baking a hot pocket in the oven overall, the microwave just makes the crust more chewy and soggy, where the oven actually makes the crust crispy and flaky, exactly how it looks, described, on the box and advertisements. But it takes more time to heat the Hot Pocket by the oven.
Actually, there’s just a very little different between these two ways of cooking Hot Pocket. So if you have time for cooking this, try the oven. If you’re in a rush or something, you should choose the microwave to save time then.
- Notice: How to cook a hot pocket without exploding:
- Microwave the item for 75% of the suggested time.
- Take it out of the microwave, hold it at both ends, and shake it so the hot filling on each end mixes with the colder filling in the middle.
- Put it back in the microwave and cook for the remaining time.
Most likely the microwave is just higher power or more uneven than average. If the hot pockets are a bit too hot in addition to splitting, reduce the time. If you get them the right overall temperature and they still split, try cooking longer at a lower power (e.g. 4 minutes at 50%).
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