Passover Edition: Charoset

Charoset: A food we (Jews) eat on the Passover holiday that is made of fruit (apples, dried fruit), nuts and seasoned with sugar, cinnamon and wine.  On the Seder table Charosets represents the mortar that the Israelites used while enslaved in Egypt.  (Everything on the Seder table is symbolic).

Look, there are probably thousands of variations of Charosets- every family thinks theirs is the “right way”.  Some people have their Charosets with dried fruit, very similar to a cranberry sauce on Thanksgiving and some make it into a paste-like form.  The way we (The Goldbergs) do ours is chunky and simple (like us).

 What you need:
10 apples (for a big batch) – go for majority Granny Smith & add in some fuji or gala for fun
6 cups of walnuts
1 cup of cinnamon sugar mixture
1 orange (for the juice)
Concord Grape Manischewitz

1. Peel and chop your apples into the size you prefer.  We did ours in little cubes.
2. Once all of your apples are chopped and put in a bowl, cut your orange in half and squeeze the juice in.  This will add flavor and stop the apples from oxidizing. 
3.  Roughly chop your walnuts.  We used a meat tenderizer and then chopped them even more.
4.  Add your chopped walnuts to your apple mixture.
5.  Combine 1/2 cup of white sugar with 1/2 cup of cinnamon and mix together.  Then sprinkle over the apples.
6.  Pour the Manischewitz over the apples.  You want the apples to turn pink but you don’t want extra liquid sitting at the bottom of your bowl.

7.  Mix well, adjust to taste and cover until ready to serve.  I would recommend making it a day ahead so the flavors have some time to get to know each other.
Enjoy on a piece of matzah and if you are feeling crazy- add some horse radish to that bite and enjoy the battling flavors!
Happy Pesach to all my MOTs out there!

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