Tzimmes - a Sweet & Savory Jewish Stew

Total Time
1hr 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr

This sweet stew is a traditional Ashkenazi Jewish dish for Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year). It's a great showcase for fall vegetables and is straightforward enough for even an inexperienced cook to make. Serve in bowls as a stew, or plate it with brisket, roast chicken or roast beef as a side dish.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place all ingredients in a pot.
  2. Cover and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 1 hour. Stir frequently.
  4. Cook until carrots are soft but not mushy.
  5. Tzimmes should have the consistency of a thick stew with very little liquid left in the pot.
  6. Serve hot.
Most Helpful

I'm NOT a tzimmes person...but for a tzimmes, this was really great. I used figs and apricots (dried) instead of prunes (personal tastes of the family) and a bit more apple and sweet potato since I was out of regular potatoes. Also added a splash of cumin and some clove and maybe some nutmeg. Was good. Beautiful stew-y presentation. Good flavor. Just was slightly off for me. But almost delicious.

Food Snob in Israel September 16, 2007

This was lovely -- and, I suspect, will be even more tasty tomorrow! Since there are only two of us, I cut the recipe in half, and used a combination of prunes and apricots. Served with brisket and latkes to celebrate the final day of Hannukah.

l'ecole December 25, 2014