Carrot Tzimmes Recipe

Carrot Tzimmes Recipe

Prep Time


Cook Time

20 minutes


Carrot Tzimmes Recipe

Carrot Tzimmes Recipe. In Yiddish, the word tzimmes  often describes a messy situation. Add sweet potatoes or dried fruit, if you like, to this flavorful mess.

Recipe courtesy of Williams-Sonoma and Adapted from Williams-Sonoma, Complete Entertaining Cookbook, by Joyce Goldstein (Time-Life Books, 1998).


  • 1 cup raisins
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil or chicken fat
  • 2 onions, thinly sliced
  • 24 carrots, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 6 tablespoons honey
  • Grated zest of 2 lemons
  • 2 to 3 cups chicken stock, or as needed
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste


  • 1 Put the raisins in a bowl, add hot water to cover and soak for 10 minutes. Drain, reserving the raisin water.
  • 2 In a large saucepan over medium heat, warm the oil. Add the onions and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the carrots, honey, lemon zest, raisin water and enough stock to cover the carrots. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer until the carrots are tender, 10 to 15 minutes. You may need to add a bit more stock from time to time. During the last 5 minutes of cooking, add the raisins. Season with salt and pepper and transfer to a serving dish.


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