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Dip, Mt. Sinai (Har Geveenah) (D, TNT)
Source: "The New Jewish Holiday Cookbook," by Gloria Kaufer Greene
Yield: 8 to 10 appetizer servings

Mt. Sinai:
1 3-oz. package cream cheese, softened
2 tbsp. sour cream
2 tbsp. (approximately) sweet or dry red table wine
8 oz. finely grated cheddar (2 cups packed)
4 cups slivered almonds
3 cups finely chopped dates
3 cups finely chopped dried figs
3 cups dark or light raisins

Coating and Garnish:
Finely chopped blanched almonds
Finely chopped parsley leaves (optional)
1 perfect walnut half
1 large prune
Crackers to serve with it

Beat cream cheese with sour cream until light and fluffy; beat in 2 tbsp. wine. Add remaining cheese and fruit mixture ingredients and mix very well. Press against sides of bowl to help form a coherent mass; if too dry add wine as needed.

In center of large platter form cheese mixture into mountain-like cone shape and drizzle chopped almonds on the outside to symbolize snow. Parsley may be sprinkled around the base to simulate grass. To represent Tablets of the Law, stand the walnut half upright near the peak. For the dark cloud that hovered over Sinai, set prune horizontally on top of summit.

For best flavor, chill several hours or overnight. Arrange crackers around the mountain.

Posted by Nancy Berry

Nutritional Info Per Serving: N/A