I adore Purim. Any holiday that encourages dressing up, eating large amounts of candy and drinking alcohol gets a thumbs up from me. I don't like to eat Hamantaschen though. 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.(more on that HERE) I do like to engage in all the festivities and since I run a food blog, I felt it was necessary for me to bake some. 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. Bleeding Hamantaschen: These chocolate and raspberry filled pastries were decadent but due to the raspberry juices leaking out during the baking process, they resembled bleeding hearts. Which works for me since my fam and I are dressing up as pirates this Purim. They may look messy but they taste divine!
2. Mediterranean Hamantaschen: Caramelized onions, tomato, basil and goat cheese make these the perfect appetizer to serve this holiday. I had to resist eating all of them long enough to take the photo!
3. Taco Hamantaschen: These came about by accident, as I had leftover taco meat and spinach from dinner and decided to use them along with some ravioli 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 375' 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 375' 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 375' 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
1 cup of chopped spinach
frozen ravioli dough pre-cut into circles, defrosted
Brown beef, then add taco seasoning. Add spinach and allow to cook for several minutes. Place 1 tsp of filling in center of each ravioli circle. Bake in oven on 375' for 15 to 20 minutes until golden and slightly crispy.These would be great served with guacamole and salsa!