Tzimmes Roast

Tzimmes Roast

Somebody pinch me, I can’t believe Rosh Hashanah is around the corner! I mean, where did the summer go? It’s hard to believe my kids have already started school and we’re about to embark on a new journey for the year 5775.

If it weren’t for the smell in the air, I would be keeping my kid’s bathing suits around. Instead, I’m packing them up with their bright summery wardrobes, and filling their closets with warm winter sweaters. What is it about that smell – that special something in the air that tells me that the Hebrew month of Tishrei is just around the bend. Can you smell it too?

It’s that slight fall breeze and the freshness of falling leaves that runs through my veins, bringing up memories of bygone Tishrei’s. Weeks filled with the hustle and bustle of Yom Tov prep that culminate in the awe-inspiring day of Yom Kippur and end with the joyous celebrations of Succot. So many feelings of regret, sadness, gratitude, hope, inspiration all wrapped up in the September breeze…it’s intoxicating.

The power of scent is truly extraordinary. It can evoke the deepest memories and trigger rememberences from childhood and beyond. The smell of tzimmes simmering on the stove brings me back to the Jewish New Year’s of my youth; honey dripping from my chin, counting the pomegranate seeds at the table.

There’s nothing like tzimmes to evoke memories of Rosh Hashanah, so I decided to do a little twist on the classic recipe.  Cooking the sweet carrot hash alongside a roast is a great way to make the best of your Yom Tov meat without having to cook your tzimmes separately. You can serve it all up on a platter and wow your guests with traditional Rosh Hashanah food, redefined.

Here’s to the start of many sweet things – from our food, to our lives. May we all be blessed to create the sweetest of memories this year!

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Rosh Hashanah Roast
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28 thoughts on “Tzimmes Roast

  1. Is there an ingredient missing between the sweet potatoes and pineapple? It just says 1 lb peeled and diced. Recipe looks very good. Thanks

    1. Thanks Dina. It says “2 large carrots, approximately 1 lb., peeled and sliced and then 1 large or 2 small sweet potatoes, approximately 1 lb. , peeled and diced” – so it’s 1 lb. each carrots and sweet potatoes. There is no ingredient missing. The next one is the pineapple.

  2. The recipe looks great, i can’t wait to try it. I don’t have a dutch oven, but i do have a roaster. Can i skip the boiling step, or can i boil it in my roaster?

  3. Do you think this could be made ahead and frozen? And would you only use either a “mock tender” or a shoulder roast to make it?

    1. It can definitely be frozen. I froze it in a big container with the sliced meat and the tzimmes together. Thaw it in the fridge overnight and when you’re ready to serve, put the meat on one side of a pan or pot, and the tzimmes on the other. Add a bit of vegetable stock and let it simmer until soft and heated through.

    2. And about the roast – you want to use something a little more tender because the recipe doesn’t have that much acid to help tenderize the meat, so I wouldn’t go with a tough cut of meat.

  4. If the roast is bigger, how should I adjust the time-my roast is just under 3.5lbs. Also, will baking at a lower temp (300) for longer yield a more tender roast? Thanks in advance!

    1. Hi Chana, low and slow is always a good way to go with tough cuts of meat like brisket but with more tender cuts like mock tender or shoulder roast, I don’t think it’s necessary. The only way to check if a roast is tender is to stick a fork in it, so I suggest starting with the 2 hour cooking time (as per the recipe). Take it out of the oven and test with a fork. If the roast feels soft and the fork slides in easily, you’re good. If it feels a little tough, put it back in for another 30 minutes – 1 hour.

  5. Thanks so much for this! Looks amazing. So, you don’t think this should be done with brisket, right?

  6. Also, do you think you could keep the recipe the same but just omit the meat? Or would you have to alter it…

  7. Hi, I’d love to try this without the meat. Should I still bring it to a simmer on the stove and then bake it, or just cook on the stove? Thank you and I look forward to eating this.

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