It’s that time of year again fellow Jews and non-Jews… the week that we all go on a semi-Atkins, Matzah binging diet. Aka- PASSOVER. While Jews across the world have many different ways of celebrating this carb-less week, most seem to have one thing in common. Red Wine.
Not only do we down 4 glasses of it during the traditional dinner Seder, but we incorporate it into a good number of our recipes. Now, I’m not talking about a throw it in he pan and let it cook off type of ingredient here. We let our wine play a nice key role.
This brings me to my favorite (and by far easiest) Passover recipe… charoset (pronounced ha-roe-set). If you can chop, pour and mix, then this recipe is for you. And don’t let the whole “Passover recipe” thing throw you, even you don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy this kosher snack.
- 3 apples – finely chopped
- 3 cups walnuts – finely chopped
- 1/2 cup red wine – the sweeter the better
- 1 tbsp honey
- (Optional) 2 tsp cinnamon – I don’t use it, but some people love it…
Simply mix throw ingredients in a large bowl and mix. I find it best to use your hands (despite the mess). This really lets you further crush the apples and mush everything together. Schmear some of the charoset on a piece of matzah (or cracker for my non-Jews) and consume. And if you’re anything like me, you wont even need matzah, I can go through this stuff by the spoonful just on its own.
Happy Passover, stay tuned for more recipes for the Holiday, and as always, enjoy!