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Carrot and Sweet Potato Tzimmes

Carrot and Sweet Potato Tzimmes


8 servings

This Eastern European standard is a perfect symbol for the abundance of this holiday.

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 3 large carrots, sliced
  • 3 large sweet potatoes, cooked or microwaved in their skins, then peeled and sliced
  • 1 large apple or pear, cored and sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped prunes
  • 1/4 cup chopped dried apricots or dates, or more, to taste
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Heat the oil in a large skillet. Sauté the onions over medium heat until they are translucent. Add the carrots and continue to sauté until onions and carrots are golden.

In a mixing bowl, combine the onion-carrot mixture with all the remaining ingredients except walnuts. Mix thoroughly; don’t worry if the potato slices break apart.

Transfer the mixture to a large, oiled, shallow baking dish (a round or oval shape is attractive). Sprinkle the walnuts over the top. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until the top begins to turn slightly crusty.

Nava Atlas is the author of ten vegetarian and vegan cookbooks, including Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons , Vegan Express , and the forthcoming Vegan Holiday Kitchen . For hundreds of easy vegan recipes for everyday meals and holidays, visit .
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Rita Zelig St. James August 21, 2013

Response to Noii Asberry, Chicago, IL I have the recipe you are looking for. It was my grandmother's. She is no longer with us but her spirit lives on every time we indulge in her tzimmes. Basically it has some deviation from what you see above. 2 yukon gold & 3 sweet potatoes & 1 onion cut into chunks. The chunks seemed to work better with the chunks of Rosh Hashannah Roast that were taken off from the main meal to add to the tzimmes recipe. There is NO orange juice, apples, pears, apricots, dates, ginger, cinnamon, or walnuts. There are some mini matzoh balls & my grandma had put in a little bit of kosher (very sweet) red wine to truly bring the whole thing together before it went into the oven to cook everything together. The wine worked well with the prunes to make a wonderful sauce for the tzimmes. Season to taste. Cook until you see a nice gravy, the potatoes are truly tender & the meat is cooked. Her simple & sweet recipe warms your heart & awakens the senses like the Teruah call of the Shofar. Shana Tova! Reply

Noii Asberry Chicago, IL October 1, 2012

Tzimmes! I made a Tzimmes recipe for my friends that included beef, sweet potatoes, Irish gold potatoes, yellow onions (I'm getting hungry),garlic, spices, peppers and other delectable flavorings. Does anyone out there have the Tzimmes recipes that includes beef, or roast duck? The Tzimmes with beef that I made for my friends was so colorful and so good to eat. Please send your Tzimmes recipes that inckude beef, roast duck, or oxtail, please. Tzimmes is such a delicious meal served with barley or saffron rice.

Thank you,
Noii Reply

ruchel malka Philadlephia September 29, 2012

how do I get my guests to eat tsimmes? I have been making tsimmes for years and it seems no one eats it. So I hope to try this recipe and maybe things will change. Reply

ina New York City, NY USA October 19, 2011

vegan recipes wonderful! thank you so much , these are just what I was hoping for. Chag Sameach! Reply

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