Who wouldn't want mini bite-sized tacos? Mediterranean versions? SWEET dessert versions??
A crazy person!
That's why we have Nina Safar here to help teach us how to make all three kinds!! In the video (above), the lovely Nina lets you in on just how easy it is to make these delicious treats!
Sweet & Savory Hamantaschen for Purim (the Jewish Halloween!)
I adore Purim. Any holiday that encourages dressing up, eating large amounts of candy and drinking alcohol gets a thumbs up from me. We celebrate by eating Hamantaschen. The three cornered pastry is a holiday treat and is traditionally filled with poppy seeds and various jams. Devouring it is symbolic of overcoming evil. I like chocolate and savory foods, so I came up with the following three versions that were in the spirit of the holiday but tastier than the usual selection.
1. Chocolate Raspberry Hamantaschen: These chocolate and raspberry filled pastries are decadent! The first time I baked them, the raspberry juices leaking out during the baking process leaving them to resemble bleeding hearts. (Which worked for me since my fam and I dressed up as pirates for Purim!) This year I dusted the raspberries in some flour before placing them in the chocolate, and they did not leak. Either way, they taste divine!
2. Mediterranean Hamantaschen: Caramelized onions, tomato, basil and goat cheese make these the perfect appetizer to serve this holiday.
3. Taco Hamantaschen: These came about by accident, as I had leftover taco meat from dinner and decided to use them along with some wonton dough that I had in the freezer. The dough gets nice and crispy in the oven which makes these taste like real tacos!
Whether you make your own dough or use puff pastry or ravioli, creating your own Hamantaschen is not only easy but fun when you get to choose the fillings. Simply cut out circles of dough using a round cookie cutter or the rim of a glass cup, then put 1 tsp. of your favorite filling on top and bake in the oven on 350′ for about 15-20 minutes until golden and slightly crispy.
Ingredients & Directions for Bleeding Hamantaschen:
1 sheet of puff pastry
1 cup of raspberries
1 cup of chocolate chips
Cut out circles of puff pastry using a cookie cutter or the rim of a glass cup. Then place 1 tsp. of chocolate sauce in the center of each circle. Place 1 or 2 raspberries on top of chocolate then pinch the side of the dough together forming a triangle. Bake in oven on 350′ for 15 to 20 minutes until golden and slightly crispy. Melt the chocolate chips and drizzle over hamentashen. These taste great once cooled off and given the chance to slightly harden, otherwise it’s a gooey mess!
Ingredients & Directions for Mediterranean Hamantaschen:
1 sheet of puff pastry
2 tomatoes diced
1/2 onion diced
1/2 cup of crumbled goat cheese
1/4 cup of fresh basil diced
Cut out circles of puff pastry using a cookie cutter or the rim of a glass cup. Saute the onions until tender. Add the tomatoes and cook for several minutes. Place 1 tsp in center of each circle. Top with some goat cheese and basil. Bake in oven on 350′ for 15 to 20 minutes until golden and slightly crispy.
Ingredients & Directions for Taco Hamantaschen:
1/2 pound ground beef
1 package of taco seasoning
frozen ravioli dough pre-cut into circles, defrosted
Brown beef, then add taco seasoning and allow to cook for 15 to 20 minutes. Place 1 tsp of filling in center of each dough circle. Bake in oven on 350′ for 10 to 15 minutes until golden and slightly crispy. These are best served with guacamole and salsa!