Pepperoni Caprese Pockets

On our way to the airport from Denver to Utah we had suitcases and kids maxed out in the car. Before we left I jumped in the very back of the Tahoe to hand my son his backpack and then plopped myself down in the middle seat on the way to the airport.

We pulled up curbside and as I stepped out of the car I felt my bare foot hit the asphalt.
What the…?

I forgot to wear shoes to the airport. I FORGOT to wear shoes to the airport!

Who does that?

In a moment of panic I pictured myself walking through security and boarding the plane with my ugly, unpedicured bare toes.

Then I looked at my husband who gave me the same look he gives the kids when they do something stupid like write on the wall with a permanent marker. Not anger, just…,”are you kidding me?”

“I have no shoes”, I said.

I can see that,” said my husband realizing from now on he would have to do a shoe check not only on the kids but on his wife.

He told me to pull some out the bags we were about to check. Of course the only ones accessible weren’t airport walking shoes. The only ones in reach were go-on-a-date-with-my hubby-shoes that hurt after ten minutes of walking. Learned my lesson…

Since I’m going to be lumped in with the kids from now on, I thought this kid-friendly fare was appropriate.

 
These Pepperoni Caprese Pockets have fresh tomato, mozzarella, and pepperoni stuffed in a pita lathered with pesto sauce. Hello summer! I can’t think of a lunch that is more fresh than that. You actually microwave the pitas for just a minute so that the cheese is soft and the pepperoni flavor comes out.

Pepperoni Caprese Pockets

Ingredients

  • 2 tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 ounces pepperoni slices, cut in strips
  • 1 tablespoon seasoned bread crumbs
  • 6 teaspoons prepared basil pesto
  • 6 pita breads with pre-cut pockets
  • Fresh basil

Instructions

  1. Pat chopped tomato dry with paper towel. Place in a medium-size bowl along with mozzarella cubes, pepperoni strips and bread crumbs. Stir to combine.
  2. Spread 1 teaspoon pesto on inside of each pita pocket. Spoon an equal amount of the tomato and mozzarella cheese mixture, about 2/3 cup, into each pita pocket.
  3. Place upright in a small baking dish and microwave on high for 1 minute until warm.
  4. Garnish with basil and serve immediately. Makes 6 servings.

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  1. That is HILARIOUS. And totally something I would do.

    I’m picturing you in yoga pants and heels, walking through the airport…totally not laughing at you, though ;)

    These look like a simple and yummy dinner!!

  2. This looks so good!

  3. That is too funny! I’ve actually done that before going to the grocery store. I had to turn around because I had no extra shoes in the car! Such a blonde moment!

    Love Caprese salads in any form I can get ‘em! Throwing it all into a pita pocket is a great idea, Christy!

  4. Yum, these sound great!

  5. Just tell your hubby that you are an experienced traveler and were trying to save time going through security by not having to take your shoes on and off!

  6. oh I am dying. This is a fantastic story. I love reading your blog. The food is great, but I have no time to cook with an infant around. The stories keep me coming back until I have time to cook again. And this dish looks delicious! I can’t wait to try them.

  7. I’m luaghing so hard becuase my first thought was “At least, DIA has a Crocs store inside.

  8. I got your blog off of 5 dollar dinners and after reading the hilarious story about forgetting your shoes Im going to sign up for your blog, too. :) Food looks swell also… Thanks!

  9. @Lynette,
    You have a total excuse with an infant. It’s so hard to find time to cook.

    Thanks everyone for the comments. I really, really hate shoes and I guess it shows.

  10. Oh My Goodness! I am trying so hard not laugh at your shoes story. I can see myself doing something like that with 5 kids now.

    This sounds like a simple yummy mommy lunch! I can not wait to go buy some pita pockets now!

  11. Hey Christy; What an absolute Riot!!! I thought that I was the ONLY one to do something like this. I always dress when I fly, and It once was very frequently…..
    I wanted to be comfortable, so I wear my Slippers, and put my shoes in my carry on which of course gets left at home…..Dont Ask!!!! We were flying to Europe!!!
    We had to get a man that works with my Darling to go to my Parents house get the bag, meet us and then we had to RUN to be able to get on board the plane!!! LOL!!!! I can LOL now, but at that time I was crying and all upset. Now, I make sure to pack sandals in my carry on, and I make darned sure its with me, and not left anywhere!!!!

  12. Oh my…. I am only laughing because it’s a matter of time for me. I never put on my shoes until we actually reach our destination in the car. I am in the habit of triple checking that I have them with me, but one of these days, I will forget! The last time I forgot was high school, and I had to wear my mom’s post-gym ugly shoes all day. Traumatic when you’re 16!

  13. In this hour of the day here, i just dream to eat this…. :)
    Lior

  14. Hahaha! This made my day! I totally have nightmares that I leave to go somewhere and forget to put shoes on. Love the pita pockets, I make some similar and use lettuce in place of the basil and toss everything in some Italian dressing. Yum one of my favorite lunch options!