Our Family’s Haroset


My cousin Sarita (Hasson Fields) is a great cook! She has learned our traditional family recipes and often adds a new and novel twist to update a dish and make it her own. She just finished making Haroset for our family Seder……a gathering of about 35+ at our cousin Leon’s home this year.

I always enjoy cooking with Sarita. On occasion, we’ve cooked with my mom and pass the time telling family stories of days gone by, reflecting, remembering and laughing. At times, she and I have cooked and try adapting recipes…..sometimes more successfully than others! Always a good time together. I wish we lived closer…especially when she was cooking today, so I could have filmed and photographed her making the Haroset.

Here is her recipe for Rhodesli Haroset, as made by her mom, Belina Beton Hasson (z’l) {*similar to the recipe in the Atlanta Sephardic Sisterhood Cookbook)…..for 35 people (with leftovers, for the many who like to take some home, and spread it on matzah for a treat!!) You can cut it in half ( or quarter), depending on the size of your crowd.

50 – 60 oz pitted dates
10 large red apples peeled and chopped
5 – 6 C finely chopped nuts (pecans and walnuts)
1 1/2 C sweet red wine
1/2 C white vinegar

Place apples and dates in a pot and cover with water. Cook until soft. Drain and let cool a bit. Place apple/date mixture in food processor and puree, a batch at a time. Add wine to mixture. Add chopped nuts. Add vinegar.
(Sarita’s note…..mixture should not be watery. If it is, add more nuts; if it seems too hard, add more wine.)

It is definitely delicious. Give it a try…..and let us know what you think! “Bendichas Manos”!

5 thoughts on “Our Family’s Haroset

  1. Hi Marcia…The recipe you have written from Sarita is very similar to the one I have. Mine is a recipe from my mother Matilda Hasson Cohen(z’l). The only difference is that I peel the skin from the dates and check for pits even though it says “pitted” after they have been cooked, and I do not add vinegar. It is yummy and I too send home “care packages” of it with my children, sister, niece, and nephews.
    Pesach Alegre to you and your family.

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    • Thanks, Anita! Having the recipes of our families carry forward, helps to keep their memories alive….and in a way, helps to keep their presene with us at our holiday tables.
      Wishing you and all your family a Pesah Alegre!

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