Charoset, Any Time Snack

24 Jan

Every year for Passover, we make Charoset which is an amazing little part of the whole meal. Every year I tell myself to make this throughout the year since it is so healthy, delicious, and easy to make. Plus, it has wine in it… what more can you ask for?!

Charoset

Serving Size: About 5-6 small servings

Ingredients: 3 apples (varied in your favorite type – I use granny smith and fuji), 1/2 cup wine, 3/4 cup walnuts, 1/3 cup sugar, pinch of cinnamon to taste

1. Dice the apples. Some like to put them in the food processor for a quick “chop”, but I like my apples just like my pico de gallo – large, fresh chunks of apples instead of paste.

2. Chop up the walnuts semi-fine (I know, that’s probably not a real word). Add them to the apples.

3. Pour a mixture of cinnamon and sugar over the apples and walnuts. Stir until all is coated. Taste and make sure it has a good amount of cinnamon, if not, now is a good time to add some more.

4. Best for last: Pour the wine! This is also to taste, so start with a little and add more as you see fit.

That’s it! Simple yea?

Serve on crackers or Matzoh with horseradish. (I like the pinkish horseradish that is mixed with beets)

A warning to all who have not eaten horseradish… it is very very strong. Great for clearing your sinuses! Seriously, a little goes a long way.

Enjoy! NOMMMM

A little background on the meaning of Charoset: The word actually means “clay” or “mortar”, and in the meal it represents the mortar that the Jewish people used to help build Egyptian cities. It represents hard work. Also, the “ch” is not like the word “chair”, it’s like an “h” sound with a nice throat clearing.

While it may represent some tough times, we can thoroughly enjoy this snack with great ease!

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2 Responses to “Charoset, Any Time Snack”

  1. Synnove April 16, 2011 at 11:13 am #

    Thanks for your charoset recipe! I was wondering something. I’m a goy, but I know charoset is a symbolic food for passover (i.e. the mortar and all that). Would it be offensive for someone of non-Jewish heritage to make this as an anytime-snack or food for a party, because of its symbolic status? Thanks!

    • Fyra April 18, 2011 at 8:46 am #

      Hi Synnove! We love sharing and spreading recipes: food should always be more than just a necessity, it should be enjoyable! I don’t think it’s offensive at all, in fact I think the opposite. It’s great when we can live openly and embrace cultures and religions from around the world. As long as we can all portray each other in a positive light! Hope that helps, enjoy the yummy apples!

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