Passover is not just a celebration of the Jews release from Egyptian slavery; rather, it’s the birthday of the Jewish people. It’s the celebration of the Jews receiving the Torah directly from G-d and it’s the celebration of the birth of a people.
During Passover, we serve many symbolic foods to recognize where we came from – as to never forget our history.
Most people are familiar with the symbolic food of matzah, which is an unleavened cracker typically made with wheat. I can’t eat regular matzah anymore, so I purchase gluten-free matzah*… this way I can enjoy the mitzvah of taking matzah along with my family.
One of my favorite symbolic foods to eat, however, is charoset. It’s a sweet concoction of apples, wine, walnuts and cinnamon.
Charoset is symbolic of the mortar the Jewish people used to build bricks as slaves in Egypt. The shredded apples look like straw, and the walnuts look like mud. Blended together, the dish doesn’t look very appetizing… but once you bite into it, you’ll taste the sweet apples and wine and forget all about how bad it looks.
To make charoset, you’ll need a good food processor like this beautiful one by Cuisinart*. Shredding apples individually will be such a chore – so invest in a food processor to do it right and with ease.
The best part is that charoset is naturally gluten-free. Unlike matzah ball soup and matzah farfel, which are other foods eaten on Passover that contain gluten, I can load up on charoset without worry of getting glutened.
So in celebration of this beautiful Jewish holiday, which begins tonight, I want to share with you my easy and delicious Passover charoset recipe. I double it to ensure I have plenty to enjoy for both seders (20-25 people at each) and then have leftovers for snacking all week long.