Thursday, April 6, 2017

Passover Recipe #3-Nut Free Haroset and Matzah Kugel

Nut Free Haroset or Sweet Apple Slaw
When a non-Jewish friend of mine attended a Passover seder for the first time, he raved over something he described as apple slaw. I loved that name! I told him I could make him some and he was ecstatic, thus, I felt worthy of putting it out there for those who celebrate Passover and those who don't.  It is good as a side dish, on a cracker or just plain! This recipe is subjective to your tastes. 

If you like a lot of cinnamon, add it.  If you like it sweeter, add more honey. This year I wanted to put in pumpkin seeds, but couldn't find any that I felt were safe. The only brand I do trust  (Superseedz) is not Kosher for Passover-but if that isn't an issue, then I would chop about 1/4 cup in th processor and use it in lieu of the matza farfel.  Sorry no pics of these recipes-I'll get some this holiday. 

Hope you enjoy and as always a happy and a safe holiday!

5-6 medium sized apples (I like Gala or Fuji)
½-3/4 cup of dark grape juice (or Concord wine)
¼ matza farfel (sold in stores during Passover)*
2-3 teaspoons cinnamon (or more if you like, it totally subjective to your taste buds)
1-2 tablespoons honey
¼ cup raisins

Core and grate the apples in a medium sized bowl.  (I use an old -fashioned grater for this one)
Pour the juice or wine in and mix.
Add the farfel to the mixture. If mixture has too much liquid, then add a bit more farfel.
Mix in cinnamon, honey and raisins.
Adjust according to your tastes.

*Matzah farfel is matzah broken into little bits. If you can’t find farfel during the year, feel free to buy regular matzah and just smash it into small pieces.

 Matzah Applesauce Kugel
1/4 cup apple juice
1/8 cup pure maple syrup
2 TBSP potato strch
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 cup sugar
1 tbsp vanilla 

4-5 matzahs
A 1lb jar of applesauce (if you want it sweeter use sweetened, but I like it a little less sweet and use unsweetened)

Moisten matzahs under water, and crumble into a colander-let drain
Whisk apple juice, syrup, starch, cinnamon, sugar and vanilla together in a medium sized bowl
Pour matzah into the wet mixture and mix.
Layer half of matzah mixture into 8x8 pana
Spoon 1/2 jar (1 lb jar) of applesauce over matzah 

 Layer second half of matzah mixture over the applesauce
You can sprinkle with more cinnamon or sugar (totally up to you)
Bake @350 35-40 minutes
*If you use more than 4 matzahs-you may have to use a little more liquid

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