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Roasted Glazed Carrot Tzimmes

A perfect side for Rosh Hashanah, Passover or any feast, Roasted Glazed Carrot Tzimmes fuses the delicious, rich flavors of balsamic, maple, orange and cinnamon.

Different and worth a try I think.

Roasted Glazed Carrot Tzimmes

What is Tzimmes? (pronounced tsi-miss)

Tzimmes is a Jewish sweetened vegetable and fruit concoction, typically made with carrots, sweet potatoes, honey and prunes or raisins.  Sometimes pineapple, dried fruits, apricots, butternut squash, nuts or oranges are used as well. Tzimmes is often served alongside meat on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, to help usher in a sweet year.

There are countless recipes out there for Tzimmes, most of them braised on the stove top for about an hour to create a something like a stew. Here’s a more traditional stove-top tzimmes by a well known Jewish cook.  

I decided to try a different version with a sweet full-bodied fruity orange-y, cinnamon-y, maple-balsamic glaze.   I also wanted to show off the multi-colored carrots I had just bought at a farmer’s market.

To cook this dish, I first roasted the carrots in a hot oven (450F) until they were just turning tender, but still had a bite.  While the carrots were roasting, I made the glaze and added it to the roasted carrots which roasted for another 15-20 minutes until the glaze was well baked on and the carrots were tender. I garnished this dish with toasted chopped pistachios and parsley.

Boy, was it good!  Sort of an upscale carrot side dish that would go really well with turkey breast, prime rib, brisket, instant pot roast chicken or lamb.

Tailor to your Taste

  • Consider doubling the glaze/sauce if you want it to soak into the mashed potatoes or quinoa on your plate, for example.
  • Add a tablespoon of butter to the glaze after it’s thickened to make it even silkier and glossy.
  • Use dried prunes, cranberries or apricots instead of raisins.
  • Squeeze on a splash or two of lemon juice or add a teaspoon of lemon zest before serving to add brightness and balance the sweetness.
  • Substitute toasted chopped walnuts or almonds for the pistachios.

Make Ahead

  • You can pre-roast the carrots and make the sauce ahead of time.  Then finish the glazing and final roasting (last step) before serving; or
  • Make the entire dish, under-cooking the carrots a bit.  Then rewarm it in the oven at 350-375F for 10 minutes or so. Add garnish.

Here are a few other carrot recipes you might like:

pile of multi coloured carrots

carrots, oranges, cinnamon, maple syrup, cornstarch, oil, butter, raisins, balsamic vinegar
Ingredients: carrots, oranges, cinnamon, maple syrup, cornstarch, oil, butter, raisins, balsamic vinegar
Roasted carrots on pan
Roast carrots until tender.
glaze for Carrot Tzimmes in pot
Make glaze while carrots are roasting
Roasted Glazed Carrot Tzimmes on pan
Toss roasted carrots with glaze and roast again for another 10-20 minutes. 

roasted glazed carrots on plate p

Roasted Glazed Carrot Tzimmes in serving dish
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Roasted Glazed Carrot Tzimmes

A perfect side for Rosh Hashanah or any feast, Roasted Glazed Carrot Tzimmes fuses the delicious, rich flavours of balsamic, maple, orange & cinnamon. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Jewish
Servings: 8
Author: Cheryl

Ingredients

  • 2 pound whole carrots (I used fresh multi-colored from farmer's market)
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon each, salt and pepper
  • GARNISH: chopped parsley, chopped pistachios or other nuts

Glaze/sauce (I sometimes double glaze ingredients)

  • 2 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice (about 1 1/2 oranges)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoon good Balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup raisins

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 450F
  • PREPARE CARROTS: If carrots are farm fresh, no need to peel them. Just give them a scrub. Otherwise, peel carrots. Cut thicker carrots in half lengthwise so that all carrots are about the same thickness (to cook evenly).
  • ROAST CARROTS: Line a small pan with foil and spray with oil. Lay out carrots. Drizzle oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss around to coat evenly then lay out carrots so they don't overlap. Roast 15-20 minutes - turning once with a spatula halfway through - until partially (not fully) soft and starting to caramelize.
  • MAKE GLAZE/SAUCE: While carrots are roasting, in a small sauce pan, stir all glaze/sauce ingredients together. Bring to boil, reduce to medium and cook for 5 minutes until somewhat thickened and reduced a bit.
  • GLAZE CARROTS AND FINISH ROASTING: Remove carrots from oven. Pour glaze/sauce carrots and mix to coat evenly. Return to oven and roast for 10-20 more minutes until carrots are tender, but not mushy. Note 1.
    Transfer to platter or bowl. Garnish with chopped parsley and pistachios or other nuts. Serve immediately.

Notes

  1. Option for final step and serving:. Instead of finishing carrots on a sheet pan, transfer to a shallow oven proof serving dish and complete the final glazing step. No need to transfer to a new serving dish.
  2. Make Ahead: 
    • You can pre-roast the carrots and make the sauce ahead of time.  Then finish the glazing and final roasting (last step) before serving; or
    • Make the entire dish, under-cooking the carrots a bit.  Then rewarm it in the oven at 350-375F for 10 minutes or so. Add garnish.
 
Nutrition value estimates do not include garnishes. 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Roasted Glazed Carrot Tzimmes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 94 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 154mg7%
Potassium 441mg13%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 18975IU380%
Vitamin C 15mg18%
Calcium 43mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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