Sunday, October 12, 2008


Kari's Tzimmes

Tzimmes is a Jewish dish typically featuring carrots, fruit, and usually honey. There are many variations. This one uses brown rice syrup instead of honey.

4 or 5 sweet potatoes, peeled, cut in chunks (6 cups)
4 carrots, peeled, cut in chunks (2 cups)
1 cup pitted prunes, chopped
1/2 tsp cinnamon
salt and pepper
1 Tbsp melted Blue Bonnet Light margarine or other margarine (optional)
1/3 cup brown rice syrup
2 Tbsp orange juice concentrate
1 Tbsp water
2 Granny Smith apples (or other), peeled and sliced

Cook sweet potatoes and carrots separately until tender. Carrots usually take longer to cook. Drain, combine, and mash together. Mix in prunes, cinnamon, salt, and pepper.

In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk together brown rice syrup, orange juice concentrate, water, and melted margarine.

Spray a 2-qt or 2 1/2-qt casserole with cooking spray. Layer the sweet potato mixture and the apples, drizzling the syrup mixture over each layer. Begin and end with sweet potato layer.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or an hour. Longer baking gives more caramelized edges. This is a great make-ahead dish for the holidays.

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