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.
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.
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
- 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
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and taste for seasoning. Allow to rest in refrigerator so all flavors combine together.
Please check out all of the other Passover and Easter dishes!
- How To Color Easter Eggs Naturally from Shockingly Delicious
Breakfast, Breads, and Buns
- Easter Brunch Creme Brulee Baked Oatmeal from In The Kitchen With KP
- Fresh Blueberries Hot Cross Buns from My Cute Bride
- Jamaican Easter Spice Bun from The Lovely Pantry
- Paska – Ukranian Easter Bread from Cupcakes and Kale Chips
- Portuguese Easter Bread | Folar de Pascoa from Family Foodie
- Resurrection Rolls from Neighbor Food
Appetizers and Sides
- Asparagus, Brie & Ham Crostini from Daily Dish Recipes
- French Gratin Potatoes (Dauphinoise) from Simply Gourmet
- Lemon Glazed Carrots from Curious Cuisiniere
- Not So Deviled Eggs from Country Girl in the Village
- Orange Raisin Couscous from Vintage Kitchen Notes
- Potato and Leek Gratin from Webicurean
- Spinach Spaetzle (Spinat Spaetzle) from The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
- Bunny-Approved Baked Easter Doughnuts from The Weekend Gourmet
- Carrot Cake Cheesecake from Chocolate Moosey
- Carrots in Dirt from The Urban Mrs
- Coconut and M&M’s Cookie from Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Coconut Cake with Coconut Buttercream from Juanita’s Cocina
- Coconut Cupcakes from Magnolia Days
- Cream Cheese Candies from Cravings of a Lunatic
- Easter Egg Cookies from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Easter Simnel Cake from Happy Baking Days
- Exotic Walnut Cookies from What Smells So Good?
- Honey Panna Cotta with Grand Marnier Mixed Berries from Gourmet Drizzles
- Nutella Easter Egg Candy from The Messy Baker
- Old-Fashioned Peanut Rolled Eggs from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Painted Sugar Cookies from Ruffles and Truffles
- Strawberry Bundt Cake from Basic N Delicious
Wine Pairing Recommendations for #SundaySupper Religious Feasts from ENOFYLZ Wine Blog
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