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I found this tzimmes recipe a long time ago. It has become our traditional side dish for every holiday feast and is a favorite of young and old alike. It also complements chicken or turkey quite well. —Cheri Bragg, Viola, Delaware
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1-3/4 hours
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 3 pounds sweet potatoes (about 4 large), peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 pounds medium carrots, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  • 1 package (12 ounces) pitted dried plums (prunes), halved
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup dairy-free margarine or butter


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a greased 13x9-in. baking dish, combine sweet potatoes, carrots and plums. Combine orange juice, water, honey, brown sugar and cinnamon; pour over vegetables.
  • Cover and bake for 1 hour. Uncover; dot with butter. Bake until vegetables are tender and sauce is thickened, 45-60 minutes, carefully stirring every 15 minutes.

Tzimmes Tips

Are tzimmes served hot or cold?

Tzimmes are typically served warm. Traditionally, this root veggie dish is served on Jewish holidays like Rosh Hashanah and Passover—but is great to make all year round. Learn more about symbolic Rosh Hashanah foods!

Can tzimmes be frozen?

Yes, you can freeze tzimmes ahead of time. Follow our freezer tips to ensure your tzimmes come out fresh.

What go well with tzimmes?

Tzimmes go well with these classic Passover recipes. Don't forget the matzo ball soup.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 309 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 99mg sodium, 66g carbohydrate (36g sugars, 7g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • Rachel
    Nov 28, 2020

    I had not had Tzimmes since I was a kid. My grandmother used to make it. Made it as a side for thanksgiving, but changed it up a bit with multicolored baby carrots halved instead of carrots. It came out quite colorful and was a hit. Thank you for this recipe.

  • usernameexists
    Apr 15, 2016

    Looking for a recipe for Passover next week. I'll try this but without the butter. Who uses butter on Passover?? It's not kosher, but I guess it would work for a vegetarian seder.

  • MrsKase
    Apr 16, 2014

    I loved it, I cooked it right in roaster with my chicken and it came out beautiful. My package of plums was only 6 ounces but it was enough and I used real fresh juiced oranges and it was wonderful, very sweet though, you won't need a dessert.

  • ejt325
    Oct 29, 2013

    Very easy, very good, makes tons!

  • SeldomCook
    Mar 25, 2013

    Made this recipe for family Seder dinner last year and they requested it again this year. It's great, but I confess to substituting dates for the pitted plums.