Savory Deli Hamantashen
Yield: 20 hamantashen
If I was going to make a savory hamantashen, I knew that mine would have to include pastrami. Now that the filling was all set, I had to work around that. I took inspiration from the flavors inside deli rolls and sandwiches..but one upped it by frying these guys until they were golden crispy. Of course, you can bake them. I tried that too. Serve these with coleslaw and Russian dressing to round out the meal.
3 tablespoons oil
1 large onion, diced
6 ounces chopped pastrami (or deli of your choice)
1 tablespoon mayo
1 tablespoon ketchup
1 tablespoon honey
1 squirt hot sauce
1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
20 round wonton wrappers
1 teaspoon cornstarch, dissolved in 3 tablespoons water
1. Heat oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Add onion and saute until extra soft and golden, about 10 minutes.
2. Add pastrami and saute for 1 to 2 additional minutes. Stir in mayonnaise, ketchup, honey, hot sauce, and soy sauce.
3. Place 1 teaspoon filling in the middle of each wrapper. Brush cornstarch mixture around the edges (this will help seal the hamantashen). Fold into hamantashen shape.
4. To bake the hamantashen, preheat oven to 400F. Place hamantashen on a lined baking sheet and spray the tops with nonstick cooking spray. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.
5. Alternatively, you can fry the hamantashen (of course, it's much tastier this way and that's the version I prefer). Heat 1 inch oil in a saute pan over medium-high heat. When hot, add hamantashen and fry until golden and crispy, about 3 to 4 minutes per side.