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Carrot Tsimmes

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

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

Put the raisins in a bowl, add hot water to cover and soak for 10 minutes. Drain, reserving the raisin water.

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. Serves 12.
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma, Complete Entertaining Cookbook, by Joyce Goldstein (Time-Life Books, 1998).