Saturday, April 23, 2011

Turkish Haroset

From: New Jewish Holiday Cookbook

I made two versions of haroset for a seder on Thursday night. The first was a combination of apples, cinnamon, walnuts, honey and wine. It was good, but this version was better. Everyone loved this stuff and several people asked to take some of the extra home. I have a container of leftovers in my fridge (I made a double batch of both versions and it was way too much), and I had some for breakfast this morning, scooped up with pieces of matzoh. I also had some as a snack yesterday, spread on a rice cake. It makes a great snack. This version is easy to whip up in the food processor.

15 pitted dates, cut in half
1 large apple, peeled, cored, cut into eighths
1 medium navel orange, peeled, cut into chunks
1 cup any kind of raisins
1/2 cup walnut or pecan pieces
1/2 cup slivered almonds
about 2 Tbsp sweet red Pesach wine (any type)
additional navel orange slices for garnish, optional

Put the dates, apple, orange, raisins, walnuts and almonds into a food processor. Pulse several times. Add the wine and process to form a soft, slightly coarse mixture. Transfer to a shallow bowl and garnish with slices of orange around the edge of the bowl. Refrigerate until needed. It will keep for several days in the fridge, covered.

Makes about 3 cups.


Grace said...

thank you for sharing this recipe. this dish is perfect for the weekend. can't wait to try this for my family. looks simply easy.

gwen said...

Oh yes indeed, just perfect for the weekend... when Passover will be over. Simply easy!

hefk said...

Grace, you took the words out of my mouth. This dish would be perfect poolside, fireside, ice skating or even hiking. I can take it in my fanny pack or slip some in my pocket! Easily simple and simply easy.

Alissa said...

Those people are such a joke. Oh, well. I am about to go eat some of my leftover haroset and matzah and think about how it would, in fact, be good for a snack while camping. Kind of like food-processored trail mix with the raisins and nuts and such. :)

Alissa said...

While we're on the subject of eating Passover food after Passover is over - I am totally making chocolate-covered matzoh all the time. For starters, I still have two full boxes of matzoh left after I bought a 5-box case of it (it was inexplicably the same price as a single box). And, is the most delicious thing ever. I am totally making it to take in as a treat for pottery class sometime, and also for the next game night at the house. Oh, and Gwen's recipe totally won me the office chocolate-covered matzoh showdown. Karen and I each brought a container of it into the office on the same day, and Gwen's recipe was better. Karen's caramel layer had more brown sugar and less butter, so it was kind of a sandy texture. :)

gwen said...

Yay, we win! That chocolate-covered matzah is the ONLY Passover-specific food I would ever eat outside of Passover. (At least, the only one that involves matzah that is not in ball form in soup.)

I never thought of it as food-processed trail mix, probably because it does not contain M&Ms, which are the best part of trail mix. Hm, I wonder if you could make chocolate haroset...

EW, put some haroset in your fanny pack. Grace, why don't you give that a try and get back to us? Simply easy!

gwen said...

Also, Alissa, I can't believe you bought a five-box CASE of matzah. Ha! You totally went all out for Passover this year.

Hefk, how did the matzah ball polenta turn out?

I love the Jewish cuisine turn we've all taken...

Alissa said...

Well, I had wanted to buy one box of reg and one box of egg matzoh, but like I said - the 5 box case was 2.69, the same price as a single box. What's a girl to do? :)