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Filled Breads Recipes Please

A multi-tasking lunch seems to be the norm for me lately and a one-handed lunch makes that easier and less messy. I work on a computer, with lots of files and also behind the wheel of a car to make it to my next appointment (not at the same time). I am getting tired of soups - it's just too hot in Florida mid-day and I haven't found a cold soup I enjoy. Sandwiches are great, but seem to fall apart on me, and since I'm just not that creative with sandwiches, they get old quick.

What I am looking for are filled bread recipes examples that have worked around my house recently like stromboli and knish type foods. I have only made knishes once and plan to again since I loved bringing potato knishes for lunch as a kid filled with deli meats.

What are your favorite filled bread? Ones that can be eaten at room temperature are a plus, but I do have access to a toaster oven and microwave. As a kid, I used to love hot pockets and that ilk, so I guess I am trying to fill the void left by my grown up taste buds and an aversion to processed foods. I still have cravings for processed foods occasionally, but I would like to make my lunches myself.

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  1. there are plenty of options - it sort of depends on the flavors and type of dough you prefer. initial thoughts:
    - pierogi
    - calzones
    - samosas
    - Australian meat pasties
    - stuffed crescent rolls

    grilled cheese holds together well, as do pressed sandwiches. pita pockets can be pretty easy to manage with one hand, as can well-rolled wraps. taquitos also come to mind...

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      GHG, you are always so helpful! I would love a recipe for your samosas and Australian Meat Pasties. Your recipes never fail to make a hit in my house.

      I always thought pierogi were pasta pockets - my grandmother would make them for me as a kid. I haven't made stuffed crescent rolls since I was a teen and my mom had Pampered Chef parties, time to bring that classic back.

      1. re: TampaAurora

        that's so sweet of you to say! i don't have a recipe for the pasties, it was just a thought. sorry :(

        for the samosas, one of my favorite vegetarian fillings was inspired by this Cooking Light recipe:
        http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/rec...

        i use sweet potato instead of white, lime juice instead of lemon, and add a teaspoon of amchur (dried mango) powder, 1/2 teaspoon cayenne, and an extra pinch of cinnamon. and i prefer to toast whole cumin seeds and grind them instead of using pre-ground cumin.

        for the samosa pastry, you can either make a basic dough, or use a pre-made alternative - wonton wrappers, phyllo and puff pastry are all options. and of course i bake or pan-fry my samosas as opposed to deep frying ;)

      1. re: ipsedixit

        Exactly my answer too.
        I make these all the time and my husband like the op, drives around quite a bit of the day. He loves these for lunch. Actually we all love them even the 4 year old.
        http://www.flickr.com/photos/7220939@...

        1. re: chef chicklet

          It's amazing how well these things travel. Very tasty at room temp, right up there with cold pizza as a dish better served (sometimes) cold.

        2. re: ipsedixit

          Would this work with a non-pork product?

          1. re: TampaAurora

            Yup.

            Works with just about any type of filling. Chicken, beef, vegetarian.

            1. re: TampaAurora

              yes you can definitely do it with other meats. we have done it with ground chicken and ground turkey before. haven't tried results of ground beef. but there are so many different versions of this. there are even baked versions.

          2. Along with the bbq pork or chicken or vegetable steamed buns, pita sandwiches work and so do burritos. I make tuna fish in a flour tortilla, pretty yummy.

              1. If you can bear the thought of no dipping sauce, perhaps homemade spring rolls or egg rolls...recently co-workers went to Chinese place for lunch, and I asked them to bring me back an egg roll...dumb place did not include any dipping sauce packets so I ate it "naked" and it was not bad at all. Emeril's shrimp and pork egg rolls are very good if you need a recipe.