Apple and Cranberry Charoset for Passover #SundaySupper

This weeks #SundaySupper theme is Easter and Passover, and of course I chose a classic Passover dish, charoset. Charoset represents the “mud” that the Jews would stomp in to make the clay for building. Anything goes in charoset, apples, fruit, dried fruit, you name it. I’ve even seen charoset truffles (which I need to try) and pasty-dried fruit charoset, chunky charoset, you name it, there’s a charoset for it.

Apple and Cranberry Charoset for Passover via LittleFerraroKitchen.com

The holiday of Passover is a very well known one with most religions. Passover or “Pesach” in Hebrew is the celebration of the Jews exiting from Egypt. In addition, Pass-over literally means that. When God was slaying the 1st born son of Egyptian families, he would “pass-over” Jewish homes. With Passover, comes the festive dinner, called a seder where 6  items are displayed on a seder plate, each representing something significant.

A hard boiled egg represents fertility and renewal, marror  or bitter herb (usually horseradish) symbolizes the bitterness the Jews had to go through in slavery. Charoset, as mentioned previously represents the mud used, a shank bone represents the lamb that was sacrificed because the Jews had to paint the blood of the lamb around their door so that God would “pass over”. Karpas, another bitter herb (usually parsley) is dipped into salt water and also represents the bitterness and tears hat the slaves endured. And finally, hazaret, which is another bitter green is used to represent the bitterness that he slaves went through, usually lettuce.

Apple and Cranberry Charoset for Passover via LittleFerraroKitchen.com

This is my mom’s recipe. Every Passover as a kid, she would make charoset, of course. I remember dunking my matzo into the chunky apple mixture and I knew I couldn’t stop. It is sweet, tart and crunchy. And because I am doing this weight watcher thing, I am giving you the points in it too! This charoset is full of fresh ingredients with just a touch of sweetness from honey. Mom told me to add fresh, whole cranberries (not dried) which gives it a gorgeous color and perfect tart-puckery flavor. I mellowed the tartness with some honey and fresh orange juice.

Apple and Cranberry Charoset

Yield: 12

Serving Size: 1/4 cup, 3 WW points/serving

Ingredients

  • 2 apples, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped well
  • 1 cup fresh (or frozen) cranberries, chopped
  • 1/2 orange, zest and juice
  • 3/4 c sweet red wine
  • 2 Tb honey

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and taste for seasoning. Allow to rest in refrigerator so all flavors combine together.
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Please check out all of the other Passover and Easter dishes!

Easter

Breakfast, Breads, and Buns

Appetizers and Sides

Main Dishes

Dessert

Passover

Dessert

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Apple and Cranberry Charoset for Passover via LittleFerraroKitchen.com

Comments

  1. says

    Nice, these days I am craving for refreshing fruit salad type of dishes such as your charoset. I enjoyed reading through your post and learning more about the Jewish religion. For a very long time I had no idea what Passover was, it’s not common this side of the world.

  2. Diana @GourmetDrizzles says

    Thank you so much for sharing this lovely post. I enjoyed learning more about the meaning of Passover, and this traditional dish! Sounds very good! ;-)

  3. says

    We used to eat a “seder” dinner on Holy Thursday with another Catholic family. Our charoset wasn’t too appealing…but this was back in the 70′s before you could look up recipes on the Internet. I remember it having chopped apples, walnuts and cinnamon. Yours looks SO much better! Wishing you a Happy Passover!
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