Did you know you can make a crispy grilled cheese sandwich or crusty pizza in your microwave? It’s all thanks to the magic of the little sleeves that come around Hot Pockets, which are useful for more than just heating that freezer-aisle empanada. Consume the hot pocket and then save the sleeves for this office lunch hack.
For a grilled cheese, butter the exterior of two slices of bread, season it with salt, and place shredded or sliced cheese inside. Then cut the sandwich to the size of the Hot Pocket sleeve and slide inside. Cook on high heat for about a minute and a half in the microwave.
For pizza, cut it so it fits inside the Hot Pocket sleeve, fit it in, and microwave for around a minute on high.
Here’s why it works: The sleeve on the outside of a Hot Pocket is called a susceptor. It’s made with a material that turns a microwave’s electromagnetic energy into radiant heat. Instead of just steaming the food, the microwave acts like a broiler and will crisp bread instead of steaming it dry.