A traditional charoset recipe configured for a Vitamix
Charoset is the symbolic side dish traditionally served at Passover seders. (That was the most boring sentence I’ve ever written.)
While it’s only made annually, it could be enjoyed year round. (Another snoozer.)
Apples, walnuts, raisins, honey, cinnamon and red wine. And, another great excuse to use your Vitamix.
Okay, now we’re talking.
Charoset is sweet and crunchy and great on top of cardboard… err matzah.
It’s worth making this time of year because it’s delicious. It’s true — charoset is the best!
But, also, it’s cool to make because of its rich history.
Families have been making charoset for years!
Is this how your family makes charoset?
That’s what The Fiancee asked me as I was about to try the version she made.
“Well, this charoset you just made is how OUR family makes charoset!”
- Organic apples.
- Trader Joe’s red wine.
- Processed in a Vitamix.
And to be sure, this version is delicious.
But it’s not just for festive Jews.
The Catholic, Lyft-driving Passover participant
Our Lyft driver, raised in a Catholic family, said they used to do Passover sedars.
Yes, Pasover seders, especially ones featuring charoset are:
- A reminder of the story of exedus from slavory.
- A celebration of life and springtime.
- A, now that I think about it, meal similar to Thanksgiving except opposite in its stance on slavery and the season to which it’s tied.
But Passover, as I’ve been told, was Jesus’ last supper.
For what it’s worth, if a giant bowl of delicious, nutritious, wine-soaked charoset was served at my last supper, I wouldn’t be mad at all.
Video: Six second clip of me trying this charoset
Useful tips for Passover Charoset
From The Fiancee (Shalva):
Let’s first talk general tips, and then move onto Vitamix processing-specific ones.
You can leave the skin of the apples on or remove them based on your preference for consistency. We leave them on for extra nutrients and color.
If there are a couple of larger pieces in the container, remove them and re-blend with the next batch (just as you would with a food processor).
The pulse feature will help you get the exact consistency you are looking for, but be careful not to leave your finger on the button too long. Otherwise you'll have Passover applesauce.
This charoset recipe makes a big batch (everyone's gotta have some at the Seder), but it can easily be halved.
If refrigerating and not serving right away, you may want to pour out some of the liquid that will collect at the bottom. (Or drink it, it's delicious cinnamon apple wine now!)
This is a traditional dish, but every family does it differently. Many charoset recipes don't include the raisins, but in our family, we do!
Traditional charoset made perfectly in a Vitamix.
- apples - 8 medium cored and sliced
- raisins - 2 cups
- walnuts - 1.5 cups
- red wine - 1/2 cup
- cinnamon - 1 Tbsp
- honey - 2 Tbsp
- brown sugar (optional) - 1 Tbsp
- Place two cored and sliced apples into the Vitamix.
- Use the pulse feature to get chopped consistency.
- Pour into large bowl.
- Add 2 more apples, some of the walnuts, and some of the raisins.
- Pulse again.
- Pour into same large bowl.
- Repeat steps 4-6 until you’ve used all of the apples, raisins, and walnuts.
- Stir in red wine, cinnamon, honey, and brown sugar (if you like it sweeter).
- Serve or refrigerate covered for up to one week.