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Appetizers, Vegetarian

Haroset with Bible land fruits

Haroset with Bible land fruits
Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times

Haroset, a blend of fruit, nuts and wine, is probably the most popular food of the eight-day holiday of Passover, which begins on Monday night. For the Seder, the feast commemorating the exodus of the Hebrews from Egypt, haroset is ... Read more

Total time: 30 minutes | Serves 10
  • 1 cup almonds (about 5 ounces)
  • 1 cup walnuts (about 3.5 ounces)
  • 1 cup pitted dates (about 4.5 ounces or 20 Deglet Noor dates), pitted, halved and cut in chunks
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots (3 ounces or 12 apricots), cut in chunks
  • 1/2 cup dried figs (about 4 large whole figs), cut in chunks (about 3 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup dark raisins (about 1 ounce)
  • About 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sweet red wine, divided, plus more if needed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • About 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Walnuts or slices of dried apricots, figs or dates (optional, for garnish)
  • Matzos or tender lettuce leaves (for serving)

Step 1Finely chop the almonds in a food processor, leaving small chunks. Transfer to a medium bowl. Chop the walnuts in the food processor, pulsing to leave small chunks. Add to the bowl of almonds.

Step 2Combine the dates, apricots, figs and raisins in the food processor. Add one-third cup wine and the cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Process the mixture until it forms a slightly chunky spread, stopping occasionally to scrape it down and adding more wine by tablespoons if necessary to enable the mixture to blend.

Step 3Transfer the blended fruit to the bowl of chopped nuts and mix well. Add more wine by tablespoons until the mixture has the consistency of a thick spread.

Step 4Spoon the haroset into a shallow serving bowl. If you like, garnish it with walnuts or slices of dried fruit. Serve with matzos or lettuce leaves.

Note: Sweet red wine is traditional in haroset, but you can use any wine you like or substitute grape juice.

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