Stephanie's Tzimmes (Sweet Root Vegetable Casserole) Recipe

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Stephanie's Tzimmes (Sweet Root Vegetable Casserole)

Serves 4 to 6

Tzimmes is a classic Passover side dish made from sweet root vegetables and fruits. Sometimes made as a stew, our Chef Dan's mother, Stephanie, always bakes it in a casserole and cuts it into slices. This is a 2-step process in which you first roast the vegetables whole, and then arrange and finish them like a torte. Roasting low-and-slow results in a deeply caramelized flavor and almost fudgy texture. Leave the ingredients in large pieces to reveal a beautiful kaleidoscope of color when sliced. The edges are always the best part!


  • 1 Pink Lady apple, core removed, cut into 3/4-inch wedges
  • 4 large carrots (1 pound), peeled, cut in half, and split lengthwise
  • 1 yam (1 pound), peeled and cut into 3/4-inch thick batons
  • 1 small yellow onion, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch wedges
  • 4 ounces plant-based butter or margarine, melted, divided use
  • 1/2 cup dried prunes, rough chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots, rough chopped
  • 1/3 cup matzo meal
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Kosher salt, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a 9-inch springform pan with parchment and brush with oil.
  2. Toss apples, carrots, yams, and onions with 2 tablespoons melted plant-based butter. Season with salt, to taste.
  3. Spread on a sheet pan and roast 30 minutes until interiors are tender and edges are brown. Remove from oven and transfer to a mixing bowl.
  4. Add remaining ingredients and toss gently to coat, being careful to keep vegetables intact. Season with additional salt, to taste. Press firmly into prepared pan.
  5. Lower oven temperature to 325°F. Bake for another hour or until edges are brown and surface is golden.
  6. Remove from oven. Let cool 15 minutes. Transfer to a platter, slice, and serve.
  7. Cook’s Tip:
  8. This is even better on the second day once the flavors have had a chance to meld together. It’s a great recipe to make ahead. Chill or freeze and then re-warm before serving.


Amount Per Serving (based on 6 servings)
Calories: 340
Saturated Fat: 12 g
Trans Fat: 0 g
Total Fat: 14 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 190 mg
Carbohydrates: 54 g
Fiber: 7 g
Added Sugars: 4 g
Total Sugar: 26 g
Protein: 4 g
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