Even though Passover has come and gone, I have been thinking about my recipes that were successful and those that were not. One of the recipes that I use every year is my charoset recipe. Charoset is an apple-nut mixture that symbolizes the mortar that the Israelites used to attach the bricks together when they were slaves in Egypt. Charoset is a very important dish during the Passover seder.
There are many different variations for charoset. Some recipes are made into a paste while some are made with pieces. Some recipes contain dried fruit while others do not. This recipe was given to my mother when I was in middle school, and I have not found one that I like as much. Here is my recipe.
6 apples (~1.5 lbs)
6 oz mixed dried fruit, chopped
4 oz dried dates, chopped
4 oz walnuts, chopped
1 tablespoon allspice
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 cup kosher wine
Dice the apples into 1/2-inch pieces and place in a big bowl.* Add the dried mixed fruit, dried dates, and walnuts. Then mix all of those ingredients together. Add the allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg to the apple-nut mixture and mix together. Lastly, add the kosher wine. I used about 3/4 cup of wine, but I always eyeball it. It is not necessary for this to be an exact measurement. Then mix together one last time. It is ready to be served.
* Cook's Notes: I have found that it is important to have a really big bowl when you are making this recipe. There needs to be enough room to mix all of the ingredients together without spilling over the side. I personally make a mess in the kitchen, so I prefer an over-sized bowl or stockpot.
Also, I used my fruit and veggie chopper by Progressive to cut the apple for this recipe. I love many kitchen gadgets, but I have been exceptionally happy with this tool. It comes with three different blades, and I use all of them. I have cut many different kinds of fruits and vegetables including: pickling cucumbers, onion, peppers, and apples.
I hope you enjoy making this for your next Passover seder.