Even your picky eaters won't be able to get enough of these crescent roll ham and cheese pockets. Use your air fryer to transform three simple ingredients into a satisfying meal you can make in a flash. These Air Fryer Ham and Cheese Crescent Pockets are buttery on the outside, warm and cheesy on the inside. Perfect as an afternoon snack or dinner on the run.
What are Hot Pockets?
Hot pockets are pastry turnovers stuffed with a variety of cheeses, meats, jams, or vegetables. Standard hot pockets come frozen and are cooked in the microwave.
Today, we’re whipping up our own homemade crescent hot pockets with ham, cheese, and an air fryer. It’s ALMOST as easy as throwing a frozen hot pocket into the microwave, but WAY tastier.
Can you stack Hot Pockets in the Air Fryer?
No! If the hot pockets are stacked, the hot air created by the air fryer won’t be able to reach all sides, which will result in undercooked pastry.
Cook side by side, with room in between, so the whole hot pocket can get nice and crispy.
Ingredients needed to make Air Fryer Crescent Ham and Cheese Pockets:
- Leftover ham cut into cubes
- Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
- Shredded Colby Jack Cheese
- Instead of leftover ham, you can use deli ham
- Use different meat, such as turkey, sausage, bacon, chicken, or pepperoni
- Alternative to Pillsbury Crescent Rolls, you can use homemade dough or pizza dough
- Instead of shredded Colby Jack Cheese, you can use cheddar or swiss too
- Add sauce inside the pocket. Slather on a bit of homemade or store-bought pizza sauce, alfredo sauce, or even pesto! Be careful with how much sauce you’re adding inside — you don’t want it to leak out. To be safe, simply serve the sauce on the side!
- Add seasoning to the pocket such as everything bagel seasoning
- Add veggies or make them vegetarian. Try spinach, basil, mushrooms, peppers, olives, red onions, etc. Omit the meat entirely and use some extra cheeses and veggies to make them vegetarian
What to Serve with Hot Pockets:
How to Store:
Store leftover hot pockets in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
To reheat, thaw in the fridge if frozen then air fry, microwave, or heat in the oven to warm.
Air Fryer Crescent Ham and Cheese Pockets
- 2 - 8oz cans refrigerated crescent dough
- 2 c finely diced ham
- 1 ½ c shredded colby jack cheese
- 2 tbsp butter melted
- Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees. Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit the air fryer basket.
- On a lightly floured surface, unroll the crescent dough and press into an even rectangle. Cut each sheet of crescent dough into 4 equal rectangles.
- In a medium bowl, stir together the ham and cheese. Place about ¼ cup of the mixture on each piece of crescent dough towards one end.
- Fold the crescent dough over the mixture and press to seal the edges. Crimp with a fork.
- Place the pockets into the air fryer basket, leaving space between for the crescent dough to puff. Brush with melted butter.
- Cook in the air fryer for 7 to 9 minutes, flipping halfway or until golden.