An Eastern European standard, tzimmes is a roasted vegetable dish that is made a number of ways, depending on the occasion. For the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashana, the appropriate ingredients include carrots and sweet potatoes, with the added sweetness of fresh and dried fruits. Recipe adapted from Vegan Holiday Kitchen. Photos by Susan Voisin.
Sweet Potato Tzimmes
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup chopped onions
- 3 large carrots sliced
- 3 large sweet potatoes cooked, baked, or microwaved in their skins, then peeled and sliced
- 1 large apple or pear cored and sliced
- ½ cup chopped prunes
- ¼ cup chopped dried apricots
- ½ cup orange juice preferably freshly squeezed
- 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon each: ground ginger and salt
- ⅓ to ½ cup chopped walnuts optional
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Heat the oil in a large skillet. Sauté the onions over medium heat until 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 optional walnuts over the top.
- Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until the top begins to turn slightly crusty. Serve hot or warm from the baking dish.