Chag Sameach bloggies! This is going to be a shorter post as I still have lots of goodies to make before our Seder tomorrow. I hope your Passover cooking plans are going as swimmingly as mine! My matzah ball soup is simmering on the stove top, and my chocolate caramel matzah crunch is baking in the oven. I am pumped! Last week I had a lovely trip up to Jew Mecca aka New York City for a little work, a little play and a lot of food.
What would a trip to NYC be without bagels…
Hey, I never said it was a Kosher voyage. Now I am back and in full Pesach mode. Up next in the world of Passover recipes is charoset- an apples, honey and nut mixture that symbolizes the mortar that the Jews use to stack bricks back when they were slaves in ancient Egypt. But first, a few shameless plugs.
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I like to make a bit extra of my charoset to mix into my favorite Greek yogurt for breakfast during Passover. There is only so much matzah this girl can take!
Now, I don’t care if you are making charoset at 9:00 AM or 9:00 PM, open the Manischewitz (I prefer Concord Grape myself) and pour yourself a glass. (With a serving of fruit per cup, I am going to deem this a health food.)
One sip of the sweet stuff, and I was instantly transported back to 1996. Dishwalla was blasting on my boom box, and I was rocking pink taffeta and a velvet yin yang choker (where did that sucker disappear to??) That look was slammin’! This was prime time Bar Mitzvah season, aka the pinnacle of my social life. I was double booked most weekends! Sadly, I am pretty sure I no longer have the skillz (with a z) to simultaneously dance the Macarena and enjoy a delicious goblet of of Manischewitz, without spilling all over the aforementioned taffeta. But enough with this Saved by the Bell-esque dream sequence. Back to the charoset!
- 6 apples, peeled, cored and diced (I used Gala)
- 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- Pinch of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1/3 cup Manischewitz wine (If you use a dryer red wine, you may want to add more sugar)
- Mix together apples, walnuts, sugar, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl.
- Add honey and wine and mix up one last time. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Best served the same day it's made but leftovers may be enjoyed for up to 5 days.