Jewish cuisine is usually considered two things: 1) an oxymoron, and 2) holiday-specific. However, even though tradition is an ingrained part of the Jewish culture (see: Roof, Fiddler On the), one seriously amazing “appetizer” that my family has always made for every holiday is Haroset. By the way, you are pronouncing it wrong. Trust me. It’s pronounced [Throat clearing CHH] + roses. In one of those rare instances of practicality meeting deliciousness, Haroset is a wonderfully sweet, chunky, apple spread that can transform even the driest cracker (also known as matzo) or bread into a tasty delight. It is very easy to make. And while it won’t win any beauty contests, that adds to the mystique. Because after one taste, I’m pretty sure that you will have a sweet new tradition for your holiday dinners for years to come.


  • Preparation Time: 00:15
  • Cuisine: Jewish
  • Servings: 8


  • 6 apples – peeled, cored and chopped (choose the apple type for desired tart/sweetness)
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 3½ teaspoons honey
  • ⅓ cup sweet red wine


  • 1Place the apples and walnuts into a large bowl.
  • 2Mix together the cinnamon and sugar, then sprinkle over the apples.
  • 3Stir in the honey and sweet wine.
  • 4Serve immediately or refrigerate until serving.