Rosh Hashana Blogger Party: Tzimmes (Cooked Sweet Carrots)

If you ask my eldest son what he likes best about Rosh Hashana, he will tell you two things. The first, he loves the sounds from the shofar. The second, “Rosh Hashana carrots.” Keep in mind he is a little more than six years old.

My son, categorically, will not eat vegetables. DH and I resort to being rather clever to get anything other than yougart, chicken, eggs, and bread or rice into the boy. He wants to be like his good friend, whose mother feeds him pizza 6 nights a week for supper. As they, no.

Rosh Hashana carrots, or tzimmes, is the one vegetable we dont have to beg, bribe or try to hide in order to get our eldest son to eat. It’s not a complicated recipe, peeled and bias-cut carrots cooked til tender in apple juice with dark raisins, craisns, cinnamon and a touch of honey. The honey and apple juice make a type of syrup that makes this the perfect side dish to a hearty Yom Tov brisket or roast. It is not a super-sweet recipe either, but apparently it is sweet enough that our son enjoys it alone or with a bit of roasted chicken.


Tzimmes is a carrot-based dish that is eaten over Rosh Hashana. This sweet dish is eaten in hopes of a sweet New Year and one blessed with wealth.


Welcome to the first ever Jewish Holiday Blog Party, hosted by Jessie of Taste and Miriam of Overtime Cook, and sponsored by Kitchen Aid! As you may know, Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year is coming up, and Jewish bloggers from all over the world are celebrating with all kinds of twists on traditional Rosh Hashanah foods.
To kick off the celebration, Levana Kirschenbaum is giving away a copy of her fabulous new book, The Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen to three lucky winners. To enter, leave a comment on this post. Limit one entry per reader per blog so click over to the other participating blogs below for your chance at additional entries! Giveaway ends 5 am eastern time on September 11th, 2012.
Prize is sponsored by Levana and available to readers from all blogs participating in the Rosh Hashanah Blog Party. Prize can only be shipped within the US.
Entry Info: To win a copy of the book, please tell me in 100 words or less your favorite Siman from your Rosh Hashana table is and why.
This is the first of hopefully many exciting Holiday Blog Parties, so if you would like to join in the fun, please email
Stop by and check out some of these amazing Rosh Hashanah themed recipes on the following blogs:
Sides, Salads and Starters:
Tali of More Quiche, Please made Roasted Beets and Butternut Squash
Roberta and Lois of Kosher Eye made Simanim Salad
Chanie of Busy In Brooklyn made Pomegranate Coleslaw
Rivki of Life in the Married Lane made Super Salad
Hannah of Cooking Manager made Beets Marinated with Ginger and Garlic
Sina of The Kosher Spoon made Pomegranate, Almond and Raisin Couscous
Shulie of Food Wanderings made Rosh Hashanah Salad
Hindy of Confident Cook-Hesitant Baker made Warm Roasted Beets with Farro
Sarah of Kosher Street made Sweet Potato Apple Tzimmes
Main Dishes:
Jessie of Taste made Smoked Salmon
Samantha of The Little Ferraro Kitchen made Chicken with Dates
Michele of Kosher Treif Cooking made Coconut Chicken Strips with two dipping sauces
Melinda of Kitchen Tested made Key Lime Glazed Duck
Stephanie and Jessica of The Kosher Foodies made Chicken Braised in Pomegranate
Liz of The Lemon Bowl made Beef Brisket
Estee of Anyone Interested? made Easy Breazy 5 Minute Brisket
Desserts and Drinks:
Miriam of Overtime Cook made Mini Apples and Honey Tarts
Laura of Pragmatic Attic made Fresh Ginger Honey Cake
Susan of The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen made Honey Caramel Apple Galette
Danielle of Hugs and Cookies xoxo made The World’s Best Rugelach
Amy of What Jew Wanna Eat made an Apple and Honey Cocktail
Nick of The Baking Process made Apple and Date Honey Squares
Lisa of The Monday Morning Cooking Club made Honey Chiffon Cake and Traditional Honey Cake
Leah of Cook Kosher made Pomegranate Ice Cream
Challah and Bread:
Marlene of The Jewish Hostess made Apple Challah
Amanda of The Challah Blog made Pomegranate Challah
Shelly of The Kosher Home made Apple, Honey and Pomegranate Challah!

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43 Responses to Rosh Hashana Blogger Party: Tzimmes (Cooked Sweet Carrots)

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  10. Sarah, your carrots look delicious! Are those raisins I spy?
    Thanks for joining out party!

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  13. Jessie says:

    This is one of my favorite dishes! Thank you for participating!

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  15. Michele says:

    I think my 6 year old might even eat her carrots if they are cooked like this. Thanks so much for sharing!

  16. There isn’t a tzimmes recipe that I don’t love, including this one.

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  18. Devora says:

    My least favorite siman has become one of my favorites! I really dislike fish, and the idea of a fish head coming to the table makes me want to stay in bed.
    In the past few years though my husband has been bringing the heads of jelly fish to the table. I’ve also created smiley fish heads by using carrots and peppercorns to decorate a piece of gefilta fish.
    I hope my 6.5 year old going on 40 will let me get away with my fun this year :)

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  20. Mike says:

    Thanks for sharing! Really exciting to see the Rosh Hashanah blog party and you should definitely do more for other holidays!

  21. This just makes me hungry! Since I always love trying something new, my favorite thing about the RH table is trying new fruits! It won’t be star fruit this year since I actually have some in my house right now :)

  22. In all honestly I never gave tzimmes a real shot. There is really no reason. i do like sweet potatoes with maple syrup so I bet I would love your recipe. Shana Tova to you and family!

  23. Tamar Genger says:

    I have never really been into tzimmes, but this looks good, may have to give it another shot.

  24. what a great, simple recipe…have a sweet new year!

  25. Simple, sweet and everything yummy!

  26. Ronnie Fein says:

    Just had a heated discussion with someone about the definition of tsimmes. In the end no one cared as long as it tasted good. This recipe sounds yummy. Proof is when a kid eats it!

  27. Rachel Levy says:

    My favorite siman food is actually carrot tzimmes, similar to yours! I’ve always loved it & look forward to eating it on Rosh Hashana!

  28. Nancy says:

    Hi – this tzimmes dish sounds and looks amazing but…. i dont see the recipe. please send it – - im shopping tomorrow. thank you

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