Last year, as I was racking my brains for a new Purim menu idea, I decided to take the easy way out and re-create my standard empanada recipe. In a pinch, I transformed it into a meat version of a Hammentashen. Usually I fold this empanada meat mixture into a wonton skin, and in the olden days (when I was young and skinny) I used to individually deep fry them as a special treat on Sukkot. Later on in life I got a great tip from my older sister, and I sprayed the meat filled-wonton skins with Pam (see*note below) and baked them till they were crunchy. For a last minute Purim appetizer, I decided to use the same delicious meat mixture and bake it as a hammentashen. Here’s how I did it:
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 lb chop meat
- 1/2 green pepper, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tsp oregano
- 2 tsp white vinegar (the vinegar tenderizes the meat)
- 2 tbsp oil
- 1 can tomato sauce
- 10-20 stuffed green olives, sliced
- 1/4 cup of sesame seeds
- Saute onions, pepper, garlic in oil adding garlic last.
- Mix in meat, oregano, tomato sauce, white vinegar and sauté all ingredients till meat is brown, making sure to chop the meat with a fork as it is cooking.
- Add sliced olives and mix with a fork.
- Place 1/4 cup of sesame seeds into a bowl.
- Take a whole wheat Mazor pizza dough and press into sesame seeds.
- Place pizza dough on a flat dish and mound 2-3 tablespoons of meat inside.
- Fold up and pinch all three edges as you would fold your hammetashen to form a triangle. You may freeze these meat hammentashen at this point.
- Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes or until bottom of hammentash is lightly brown.
- Serve and enjoy!
- *P.S. I really wouldn’t recommend spraying Pam on my food anymore. A misto Olive Oil spray is much healthier and a cleaner way of adding some spritz to your baking and cooking.
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