As a little girl, I remember being fascinated by the word Tzimmes (pronounced tzim-mess). My parents only used Yiddish words on occasion, so it felt entirely mysterious to me. Little did I know it meant "a big fuss."
And the thing is, tzimmes is a bit of a fuss to make (though far from the biggest). There’s some chopping, boiling, peeling, mixing, baking and general potchkying around in the kitchen involved in its preparation.
This traditional Ashkenazi side dish is a casserole-stew hybrid that's simple and hearty. The root veggies are cozy and filling, and the sweet additions help balance out the flavors of the rest of the Passover meal.
According to my mom, tzimmes was brought over from the shtetls in Russia, where our ancestors used whatever vegetables they had on hand (some recipes even include beef). My mother's mother and grandmother made it every Passover, but also for Rosh Hashanah.
Sure, the recipe has morphed a bit over the years, making use of such modern conveniences as canned pineapple, but the consistency of this now-standard family recipe is quite comforting each year at our Seder gathering.
4 medium sweet potatoes
4-6 carrots , peeled
2 Tbsp . brown sugar
2 Tbsp. butter , melted
1 Tbsp. Kosher for Passover vanilla extract
1/4 cup Kosher for Passover honey
Dash of salt
1 ( 15.25 oz. ) can chunk pineapple , drained
1/2 cup raisins or pitted chopped prunes
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 13- x 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
Boil sweet potatoes and carrots until soft, then drain. Cool, peel, and cut potatoes into 1-inch chunks, and cut carrots into 2-inch chunks.
Combine brown sugar, melted butter, vanilla, honey, and salt in a small bowl and stir until gooey.
In a large bowl, combine boiled sweet potatoes, cooked carrots, pineapple, and raisins or prunes; pour gooey mixture on top and fold ingredients together. Pour into prepared pan.
Bake uncovered for about 30 minutes, or until heated through.
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
|Servings Per Recipe 4 to 6|
|% Daily Value *|
|Total Fat 4g||5%|
|Saturated Fat 2g||12%|
|Total Carbohydrate 48g||17%|
|Dietary Fiber 5g||17%|
|Total Sugars 31g|
|Vitamin C 24mg||119%|
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.