With Purim gone and Passover coming up, I decided to make a savory Purim treat that will both be delicious and help me use up the puff pastry dough in my freezer before Passover.
- Puff Pastry
- Sesame Seeds
- Choice of toppings (hummus, tzatziki, etc.,)
Enter the Falafeltaschen
- The first step is frying the falafel balls in oil on the stove as you would usually. I used the Osem Falafel Mix for mine, but you’re welcome to use a different mix or even make your own from scratch. While you’re doing this, I recommend defrosting the puff pastry dough sheets as they need to be quite defrosted to do the folding.
- Once the falafel balls are fried, preheat the oven to the puff pastry’s required oven time and start folding! I found it easiest to put the falafel ball in the middle first and fold from the back, forming the long end of the triangle first before pressing the front point together and rounding out the sides so it forms a familiar hamantaschen-like shape. After you do this and line all of your falafeltaschen up on the oven tray, crack the egg in a bowl and brush the egg wash on the surface of the puff pastry – followed up a generous sprinkling of sesame seeds.
- After this, place your falafeltaschen in the oven for 15 or so minutes, until the puff pastry has properly browned. Once you pull them out, be sure to let them cool before adding your desired toppings as you don’t want your toppings drying out. I had used Sabra brand Olive Tapenade hummus, but you’re welcome to be creative here – Israeli salad, different hummus, tahini, skhug, and tzatziki are all great choices for them.
A special thanks to Aimee from JSwipe. Without your baking expertise, this couldn’t have worked out like it did.
About the Author: Brett Boren is a Conservative Jewish guy who loves his mother’s challah, but could do without her latkes. Originally from Miami, he appreciates arroz con pollo as much as double-chocolate babka, though preferably not together. When he’s not experimenting in the kitchen, he can be found with his cat, Youpi, or sampling shawarma at Max’s.
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