Being a non-meat eater, I never make it with meat, of course. And though I love white potatoes, somehow I just don't want them in my Tsimmes!
What I do want is the perfect balance of sweet, tangy and fruity. (And the dried fruit is a welcome addition to combat the number that all of the havoc that matzoh wreaks on one's constitution, if you get my drift.)
So I spent some time collecting various Tsimmes recipes and wound up combining ideas from about 3 different ones. How did it turn out? Well, it sure is pretty.
I'll let you know what the verdict is after the seder tonight.
Post Seder Update:
Yum! I believe it was unanimous. This recipe is a keeper. I will be making this one again.
If you try it, do let me know if you agree!
(sweet potato casserole)
- 4 large carrots, peeled and cut into large chunks
- 4 large sweet potatoes peeled and cut into chunks
- 1 medium acorn squash peeled, seeded and cut into large chunks
- 2 Tablespoons butter (or oil if making pareve)
- 1 cup bite-size pitted dates
- 1 cup dried unsulphured apricots
- 1 cup pitted prunes
- 1 medium apple, peeled and sliced
- 1/2 cup dried cherries
- 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 Tablespoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice
- 1/4 cup real maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup fresh orange juce
- 1/8 teaspoon Kosher or sea salt
- sprinkle of fresh ground pepper
- Heat oven to 350 degrees. Put sweet potatoes in a large pot and fill with cold water just to cover. Bring to a boil, turn down and simmer for about 10 minutes. Add carrots and acorn squash and simmer another 10 minutes until vegetables are tender but not mushy. Drain in a colander, and set aside until cool.
- Melt butter in a large saute pan, add fruit, brown sugar, maple syrup, lemon juice and simmer for a minute or two, just until the mixture is heated. Mix with potatoes and carrots. Add remaining ingredients. Toss gently until mixed, and transfer to a 2-quart baking dish that has been sprayed with non-stick spray.
- Cover and bake for 30 minutes, basting with pan juices after 15 minutes. Remove from oven, and serve immediately.