Shang and Emma’s Tzimmes

Tzimmes is eaten on Rosh Hashanah because it is sweet and symbolizes our hope for a sweet New Year. This recipe was inspired by my great aunts – Shang and Emma. They were sisters and lived together all of their life. They were wonderful cooks and always made this delicious Tzimmes for the Jewish Holidays. We add a New England flair by including dried cranberries and maple syrup in the dish.

Makes approximately 5 cups

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1-1/4 cups carrots, peeled and chopped into coins
  • 1-1/2 cups sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • juice of 1 orange (or 1/4 cup orange juice)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup dried figs
  • 1/2 cup Medjool dates
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil in a hot sauce pan then add red onion.
  2. Cook onion on medium-low until soft.
  3. Add carrots and sweet potatoes and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add orange juice and maple syrup and cook for 5 minutes on low.
  5. Add remaining ingredients and cook until you can pierce the carrots and sweet potatoes with a knife (about 5 more minutes).
pictured l to r: Andy's great aunts Emma and Shang and his mother, Myra Outwater

10 Comments

Rose Rehman

As Jewish New Year approaches, I am cooking for my family and Thank God for everything. I will make Tsimmes for first time.

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Carolyn

I like to put Apple and a sprinkle of ginger in mine. Brings out the flavors even more.

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Georgia Peach

Looks delicious! I’m going to add some toasted pecan halves. Thanks Ladies!

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Suzy Kaminski

My Bubbie had a wonderful recipe for Tsmmes, I wish I had it or watched how she made it. I do know that the shredded carrots and sweet potatoes rested on a bed or kanadelach tyhat was all in one piece, not like in balls for soup. She always made this with a Brisket. Somehow, in a cassarole dish she put the matzoh meal batter, after greasing the dish, and then it is a mystery what goes next. Do you prebake the matzoh batter then add the carrots and sweet potatoes on top, like I said – a mystery. There was also a sweet ssyrup that came from the cassarole dish after it was all baked. I would most certainly add the fruits mentioned in the above recipe along with the carrots and sweet potatoes. I guess I must experiment unless one of your readers has had Tsimmes like this too.

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Jeanine

I spent the past hour+ scouring facebook for this recipe! (I forgot your site name until l saw it here.) I’m not Jewish, but I sure like your cooking- this in particular. Making it for Thanksgiving. Thank you!

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