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Carrot tzimmes with honey

Tzimmes, tsimmes, and other spelling variants (Yiddish: צימעס‎, Hebrew: צִימֶעס‎) is a traditional Ashkenazi Jewish sweet stew typically made from carrots and dried fruits such as prunes or raisins, often combined with other root vegetables (including yam).[1][2][3] Some cooks add chunks of meat (usually beef flank or brisket).[1][3][4] The dish is cooked slowly over low heat and flavored with honey or sugar and sometimes cinnamon or other spices.[5]

Tzimmes is often part of the Rosh Hashanah meal, when it is traditional to eat sweet and honey-flavored dishes.

The name may come from the Yiddish words tzim (for) and esn (eating)[1] or from German mischen (to mix). "To make a big tzimmes over something" is a Yinglish expression that means to make a big fuss, perhaps because of the slicing, mixing, and stirring that go into the preparation of the dish.[4]

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  1. ^ a b c Zeldes, Leah A. (2010-09-01). "Eat this! Tzimmes, A sweet start to the Jewish New Year". Dining Chicago. Chicago's Restaurant & Entertainment Guide, Inc. Retrieved 2010-09-01.
  2. ^ Tzimmes
  3. ^ a b Merriam-Webster dictionary: tzimmes
  4. ^ a b Joan Nathan, Joan Nathan's Jewish Holiday Cookbook, Schocken, 2004; page 228.
  5. ^ Whats4eats: carrot-tzimmes recipe