Thursday, October 15, 2009

Recipe by Request - Tzimmes

Though I love my mother's recipe for carrot/matzoh ball tzimmes for pesach, and would never serve anything else at a seder, sometimes I like tzimmes that's heartier, and more of a main course. Though I've never thought of it before right now, this would work perfectly for a shabbat lunch out of the crockpot. Next time I have shabbat lunch guests - this will be on the menu in a version made out of the crockpot!

3 tablespoons oil
2 pounds beef stew meat, dusted with flour
1 large onion, coarsely chopped
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks
2 large russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks
1 pound carrots, peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks
1/2 cup prunes
1/2 cup dried apricots, cut into quarters
2 cups boiling water
1/4 cup honey (optional - if you like it very sweet)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Heat oil in large, heavy, ovenproof pot. Brown meat in batches, making sure not to overcrowd meat. When brown, put aside in bowl. Sautee onions until lightly browned. Add in both kinds of potatoes, carrots, beef, prunes and apricots. Add water and honey if using. Combine well. Cover and bake 2 hours. Stir. Re-cover and bake one more hour.

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