New Year’s Apple & Honey Charoset

By on September 26, 2014 with No Comments

Apple and Honey Charoset


Yields (8) Servings

Apples-Honey-Challah


Recipe Description:

This is a healthy and delicious appetizer that is perfect for the fall holidays when the fruit tree harvests become available.

It is a “New Year’s” variation on the traditional Charoset, predominantly using apples instead of other fruits. The apple and honey flavoring are a perfect theme when served as a side dish for a Rosh Hashanah celebration.

This Charoset variation may be served chilled “as is”, or kept at room temperature and spread on a slice of your favorite Challah and other breads or crackers.

Main Ingredients:

  • 4 cups fresh Apple slices (Red Delicious) – diced and finely chopped.
  • 3 cups Sweet Onion (Vidalia) – finely chopped.
  • 1 cup Apple Sauce (plain).
  • 1 cup Walnuts – finely chopped.
  • 1/2 cup Pine Nuts (and may mix or substitute Pistachios) – finely chopped.
  • 1 cup “kosher” Wine (Manischewitz / Mogan David) – Grape preferably but other flavor (i.e. Blackberry) is fine for more variety.
  • 6 tablespoons virgin Olive Oil.
  • 1/2 cup Honey (may substitute Date Syrup or Fruit-flavored Sorghum Molasses).
  • 2 tablespoons ground Cinnamon.
  • 1 teaspoon ground Allspice.
  • 1 teaspoon ground Nutmeg.
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground Cloves.
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground Ginger.

Preparation:

  1. In a small saucepan, combine the Apples and the Wine. Cook over high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, until the Apples are softened and the Wine has been almost completely reduced (approximately 15 minutes).
  2. In a separate skillet, heat the Olive Oil on high and add the finely chopped Onions to cook. Stir often until they are lightly caramelized (about 15-20 minutes). Then. remove from the heat and allow to cool at room temperature.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the cooked Apples and Onions with the Honey, mixing thoroughly. Then add the Apple Sauce, chopped Nuts and Spices, stirring all the ingredients together completely.
  4. READY TO SERVE.

TIPS:

  • May be chilled and served as a complete traditional side dish.
  • May also be kept at room temperature and used as a spread for breads and crackers.

*Compiled from various recipes and this “New Year’s” variation created by the author.

 

 

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Category: Appetizers

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