Turkish Charoset

Charoset is a mix of mashed fruits and vegetables. It is a part of the tradition of celebrating Passover in the Jewish faith, with the dish representing the mortar that the Jews used to stack the bricks that made the pyramids in Egypt while they were enslaved. This Sephardic take on Charoset is great with crackers or matzoh, or as a stuffing for roast meats.

Jewish sephardic passover Charoset

Turkish Charoset

This version of Charoset breaks with tradition by including Middle Eastern fruits like dates, prunes, and apricots. It makes a great chutney for roast meats and stuffing for chicken.
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Course: Condiment
Cuisine: Middle Eastern, Turkey
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 cups
Author: My Hungry Traveler


  • Food processor


  • ½ lb Walnuts
  • ¼ lb Dried apricots
  • ¼ lb Dried pitted prunes
  • ¼ lb Pitted dates
  • 3 Apples, peeled, cored, and quartered
  • 1 large Orange, unpeeled
  • ½ cup Sweet red wine
  • 1 tbsp Brandy
  • ½ tsp Ground cinnamon
  • tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp Lime juice
  • 2 tbsp Matzoh meal (omit for gluten free)


  • In a food processor, chop fruit and walnuts very fine but not to a paste. Do in batches, if necessary. Scrape into a bowl and mix in wine, brandy, cinnamon, nutmeg, and lime juice. Add Matzoh meal, if using, to create a mortar-like consistency.


Calories: 489kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 18g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 842mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 43g | Vitamin A: 985IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 2mg

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