Sunday, April 24, 2011

Healthy, if not Pretty

photo by Anthony Palatta

When Anthony first took this picture, he asked me, "What is that, dog food?"

No, it's charoset, a traditional dish served as part of the Passover seder. It's also simple to make, relatively healthy, and delicious.

There are only five ingredients in my family's version, though there are other versions from around the world, for example, with chopped apricots and dates.

Start by peeling 3 apples and then chopping them into small pieces. Next, chop up a cup to a cup and a half of shelled walnuts. (I use the mini-chop for both these steps.)

Sprinkle with a tablespoon of sugar, 1/2 a tablespoon of cinnamon, and then about 1/4 cup of grape juice or Manischewitz concord wine, which is pretty much the same thing as grape juice. Stir, and then adjust the sugar, cinnamon, and wine to taste. Serve on broken pieces of matzo.

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