Mommy Blog Expert: Tzimmes Traditional Jewish Recipe Easy Holiday Sweet Potato and Yam Stew

Friday, April 22, 2016

Tzimmes Traditional Jewish Recipe Easy Holiday Sweet Potato and Yam Stew


Tonight starts the Jewish holiday of Passover when families and friends around the world will gather around a beautifully set dinner table to retell the story of the Exodus of the Jews from Egypt through a prescribed ceremony. This tradition is called the seder, which literally means "order" and is followed by a festive meal including customary foods such as the colorful and nutritious easy-to-make fruited Tzimmes Sweet Potato and Yam Stew featured in this post.


Tzimmes Sweet Potato & Yam Stew

This is my modern take on a sweet vegetable vegetarian dish that has been a favorite for generations. It involves using fresh sweet potatoes, yams, dried fruit and some spices and is easy to make and beautiful to serve. The trick is to follow the easy directions and NOT stir this at all while it cooks.

Time to Make: 1 hour
Makes 6 Servings

  • 3 T. margarine
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled & sliced
  • 1 large yam, peeled & sliced
  • 1 bag of Manischewitz Dried Plums, Peaches, Pears & Apricots
  • 2 T. brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 t. cinnamon

1.  Melt margarine in deep frying pan or dutch oven pot
2. When melted, add sliced sweet potatoes & yams
3. Add dried fruit
4. Sprinkle brown sugar, orange juice & cinnamon over all
5. Cover pan and cook on low 1 hour. Be to NOT stir during cooking so vegetables don't fall apart. When potatoes are tender, but not mushy, and pierce with a fork they are done.
6. Carefully transfer and artfully display this delicious cooked vegetable/fruit stew on a platter and serve either warm or at room temperature.

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