Written by: Tami

It’s Passover, and I love all the traditions that this holiday brings … Especially the food! Did you know that each item on the seder plate and most of the things you eat at a traditional Passover meal represent a part of the story of the Israelites exodus out of Egypt? No, this is not a history lesson, but I will provide a recipe today for something no seder is complete without. It’s called charoset. 

Traditional Ashkenazi (Jewish people who originated in Eastern Europe) charoset starts with apples as its base. This was officially my first time making this dish and surprisingly very easy. Just follow these steps to make your own charoset. 

1. Peel, core, and chop the apples. Phil and I were really excited to finally take this bad boy out of the cabinet and give it a test drive! Our new Cuisinart did not disappoint and neither did the Gala apples that we selected from the wide variety at the store. (By the way, we used 9 apples which gave us plenty to work with for a medium sized seder two nights in a row, and we used one of the attachments our Cuisinart came with to properly “string” not chop our apples … Just like Grandma’s!)

2. We used a handheld chopper to finely chop 1 1/2 cups walnuts. Mix these in with the chopped apples. 

3. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Mix well.

4. Add 4 1/2 tablespoons honey and 2/3 cup Manischewitz wine. Mix again … That’s all! Easy, right?

I have loved sharing this Food Fridays post with all of you … gotta keep the Passover traditions alive! If you are celebrating like us this year, we hope the lack of bread in your diet has not got you “hangry”. Just a few more days … we promise! Happy Passover from Side by Side Design!

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