Pronounced Tsi-miss

Tzimmes is a traditional Ashkenazi Jewish stew made with sweet root vegetables– carrots, sweet potatoes, yams– and dried fruits like raisins or dried plums. The word tzimmes is also a Yiddish expression for “making a fuss” over something. Not surprisingly, tzimmes is a bit of a fussy dish… with all of those root veggies, there is lots of peeling, chopping, then more peeling and more chopping. The side dish is often served for Rosh Hashanah, where sweet foods are served to signify our hope for a sweet new year.

Sweet stew of carrots and yams, sometimes with raisins or other dried fruit such as prunes or apricots. It is usually vegetarian but can also be made with beef.