My family has traditionally served Tsimis at all of the Jewish Holidays. Traditionally it is made with Orange Juice and Honey. I decided why not use Maple Syrup. That followed with my using Lemon Juice instead of Orange because I thought it was a better mix with the Maple. My mother has been dead for 13 years making me the family Tsimis maker. This was the best Tsimis I ever made. Because it keeps and improves we usually make the Tsimis the day before and reheat it in the oven. - [email protected] —[email protected]
Test Kitchen Notes
Hudson Valley Tsimis is divinely delicious! A sweet and savory stew of beef, dried fruit, and root vegetables, tsimmes (AKA tsimmis, tzimmes, zimmes) is a classic of eastern European shtetl cuisine. [email protected] has created a magical version, sparkling with lemon, fresh ginger, and maple syrup. The recipe requires an hour and five minutes of stovetop cooking, followed by 30 minutes in the oven. Judith recommends refrigerating overnight and reheating before serving. Because the short ribs I used weren't fall-off-the-bone tender at the end of the prescribed cooking time, I cooked the meat and the juices for 3 more hours the next day in the crock pot. This finished the short ribs to perfection. Judith's maple syrup-ginger-lemon juice formula is likely be terrific with other meats -- chicken, turkey, pork -- and even fish. I plan to try making "Hudson Valley" turkey breast soon. —AppleAnnie
6 to 8
Oil to barely cover the bottom of your pot
flanken or short ribs
1 inch pieces
lemons, zest and juice divided
2 1/2 pounds
sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into ½ ? slices
carrots, approximately 1 pound, peeled and cut into ¾ ?rounds
. In a large shallow casserole heat the oil and brown the Flanken
Add the chopped onions, whole ginger, lemon zest, cinnamon stick and boiling water to cover the meat.
Cook covered for about 45 minutes and add sliced sweet potatoes. Arrange them over ¼ of the surface of the meat, either in a wedge or a circle.
Cook covered for another 20 minutes and add the carrots, prunes and apricots filling in the rest of the top. Mix together the lemon juice, grated ginger and maple syrup and pour over the top.
Bring to a boil, cover and put into the oven for about 30 minutes. Baste with liquid every 10 minutes. Poke underneath to make sure the meat is tender. If it is take it out of the oven. You can eat it now but it will be better tomorrow.
Allow Tsimis to cool and refrigerate overnight. Bring to room temperature and return to the oven. Once it is warm remove the cover so the Tsimis begins to glaze.
If there is a lot of liquid remove it with the baster to a small pot cooking until you reduce the volume to half. Pour the reduced liquid back over the Tsimis and serve
The timing of Tsimis is not critical. Once the meat and vegetables are cooked they will hold together because you are not stirring and doing the finally cooking with an open lid firms the edges of the carrots and sweet potatoes.