Have a savory Purim

Spice up your hamentashen with some toothsome salty fillings.

Have a savory Purim (photo credit: Oran shalev)
Have a savory Purim
(photo credit: Oran shalev)
Amir Porat of Biscotti Bakery suggests you try a few savory takes on the traditional holiday pastry. How about serving your guests a cheese and sun-dried tomato filled triangle or one filled with eggplant before turning to the traditional sweet hamentashen? SAVORY HAMENTASHEN
31⁄2 cups flour 1 heaping Tbsp. baking powder 200 gr. butter, cubed 1⁄4 cup oil 1 level tsp. salt 160 ml. (3⁄4 cup) sour cream 1 tsp. dry oregano (or freshly chopped) 1 tsp. dry basil (or freshly chopped)
In a mixer, mix all the dry ingredients. Add the butter and continue mixing until mixture resembles sand in texture. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until dough separates from the mixer walls. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
Roll out dough until 3 mm thin. Cut 6-8 cm. rounds, place a teaspoon of your choice filling in the middle of each round, fold to shape into hamentashen and bake in a preheated 180º oven for 10 minutes.
200 gr. sun-dried tomatoes, oil drained, finely chopped 100 gr. feta cheese (preferably goat), crumbled 50 gr. Parmesan or Kashkaval cheese, grated
Mix all the ingredients and refrigerate for 1⁄2 an hour before filling.
1 eggplant, sliced Olive oil 1 Tbsp. kosher salt 100 gr. basil pesto 150 gr. Bulgarian feta, crumbled
Arrange eggplant slices on a lined baking sheet. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Bake in a 200º oven until browned, about 20 minutes. Let cool and cut eggplant into 1x1-cm. cubes.
Roll out dough and cut rounds. Spread some pesto on each round, place 1 eggplant cube in the middle of each round and top with crumbled cheese. Close and bake in a 180º oven for 10 minutes.
Recipes and photos courtesy of Biscotti Bakery, 67 Hayarkon Street, Bnei Brak