With Passover approaching and Seder planning in full-swing, we wanted to share this wonderful Tzimmes recipe. Tzimmes is a traditional Ashkenazi Jewish sweet stew typically made from carrots and dried fruits such as prunes and apricots, which is often combined with other root vegetables. The name may come from the Yiddish words tzim (for) and esn (eating), but another interpretation comes from the fact that “To make a big tzimmes over something” is a Yinglish expression that means to make a big fuss; perhaps because of all the slicing, mixing, and stirring that go into the preparation of the dish! Despite the peeling, slicing, and stirring, we think you’ll find this Tzimmes to be well worth the time and effort.
Heat oven to 350 F. Cut carrots into 2-inch pieces. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil and lower heat to medium. Add sweet potatoes in their skins, and cook for 20 minutes, adding the carrots after 10 minutes. Drain in a colander, and set aside until cool enough to handle. Peel sweet potatoes, and cut into 1-inch chunks. Place in a large bowl along with carrots and remaining ingredients. Mix well, and transfer to a 2-quart baking dish. Cover with foil, and bake for 30 minutes, basting with pan juices after 15 minutes. Remove from oven, and serve immediately.