Apple Beet Charoset

The countdown is on- it’s almost Passover time! Who’s excited? This girl. If Jew are catching up on your WJWE, I made an easy gefilte fish video last week with my friend Hilah and was a featured blogger on Joy of Kosher! Busy week, y’all! Last year I shared my recipe for traditional charoset- and it was delicious. My gentile friends even ate it up! This year I stepped up my game with the addition of beets (say what?), dates (crazy!) and candied walnuts (mmm, sugar) to make Apple Beet Charoset. All without sacrificing the necessary wine. Well let me pat myself on the back- this version is pretty darn tasty! The healthy beets balance the other ingredients and add an awesome red color to the mix, and the dates and candied nuts just sweeten the deal. And by deal I mean charoset.

Here is all Jew need to get started!

First up, let’s sugar some nuts! Bake the walnuts in a single layer in a preheated 350 degrees F oven until toasted. Next up, put your 1/2 cup sugar in a saucepan on medium heat and mix while melting the sugar.

As soon as the sugar is melted, add the nuts and quickly coat the nuts. This happened so quick I didn’t have time to photograph it! Transfer nuts to piece of wax or parchment paper and immediately break up the nuts with spoons.

After you make your nuts, get those beets cooking! Wash your beets and cut in half. Roast for at least 1 hour until tender. This is a good time to catch up on your WJWE Jewish recipes! When your beets are ready, they should be easy to peel with your hands or a paring knife (once cool of course!)

Peel your beets and peel and core your apples and dice ‘em up.

The beets are already making our apples a pretty shade of pink! Then add the diced dates and cooled nuts.

Mmm. Mix that up and add the sugar and cinnamon and mix…

And then the honey and wine and mix one more time!

That’s it! How pretty is this? Besides during the Seder, I like to serve this over yogurt for an easy kosher breakfast. This can totally be made ahead of time- and the longer it sits the redder it gets!

Chag Sameach! חַג שָׂמֵחַ!


Apple Beet Charoset
 
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An alternative to traditional charoset for Passover with the addition of beets, dates and candied walnuts!
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Recipe type: Side Dish, Passover
Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 1½ cup chopped walnuts
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 4 apples (I used Pink Lady. Gala is tasty too)
  • 4 beets
  • ½ cup dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ⅓ cup Manischewitz or sweet red wine
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Bake the walnuts in a single layer until toasted, or about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Next up, put your ½ cup sugar in a saucepan on medium heat and mix while melting the sugar.
  4. As soon as the sugar is melted, add the nuts and quickly coat the nuts. Transfer nuts to piece of wax or parchment paper and immediately break up the nuts with spoons.
  5. After you make your nuts, get those beets cooking!
  6. Wash your beets and cut in half. Roast for at least 1 hour in the 350 degree oven until tender.
  7. When your beets are ready, they should be easy to peel with your hands or a paring knife (once cool of course!)
  8. Peel your beets and peel and core your apples and dice ‘em up.
  9. Then add the diced dates and cooled nuts.
  10. Mix that up and add the sugar and cinnamon and mix.
  11. And then the honey and wine and mix one more time!
  12. Serve with matzah!
Notes
Cook time is for beets only. Beets can be cooked ahead of time.

 

Mazel!

Amy

 

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Comments

  1. Love the idea of putting this on yogurt! Sounds delicious.

  2. Mama Mia – This is THE BEST Charoset I have ever seen in my 8 decades here on earth. You are the bomb my little granddaughter.

    Can’t wait to spend some quality time with you at the Seder!

    Bubs

  3. Just wondering…would this work with canned beets?

    • I haven’t tried but I don’t see why not! Fresh taste better though. I’ve also seen these vacuum sealed beats that are basically fresh but without the work. Those work be a great option too to save time!

  4. I would be careful on the canned beets that they have no vinegar/acid in them, I think an acidic or vinegary taste would ruin the honey and wine dressing. Can you find frozen? or pre-cut at a store like Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s?

  5. Amy I can’t thank you enough for the recipe; it was absolutely delicious! I made this for my Monday night Bunko and had the gentiles going gaga over it. Happy Passover!

  6. This is beautiful. One thing I might have done differently was actually peel the apples – as your recipe did say to do. We usually don’t peel our apples for charoset, so I didn’t for this, either. It isn’t taste or texture that bothers me, but there are a few places where the peel of our Jazz apples is a bit yellowish-pinkish and it shows through the lovely red of the rest of the dish and I’m disappointed in that – my fault. But. Really interesting combo and can’t wait to share with the relatives!

    • Huh I always peel my apples for charoset. Never thought of not! But glad you liked it!

      • Well, once it got good and soaked with beet juice, this was even more lovely. Definitely a different taste, but I really liked it. My Mom also tried and liked and my daughter – and we aren’t even the Jewish half! Will definitely be having a few smoothies this week to finish up the leftovers! Husband has about had it with leaven-less meals. :)

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