A Family Recipe: Grandma Barr’s Tzimmes

So you’ve had your sedar [or two..] and now you have tons of leftover brisket. I see no problem with this.. I mean, brisket is rather delicious. But it’s always nice to mix it up and have a new dish from the food you already have. My grandma has the perfect recipe and I’m so happy to be able to share this with you.

Tzimmes is traditionally a Jewish stew made up of fruit, vegetables, and meat. Rather then making it a stew, my grandma spread everything onto a sheet pan and roasted it in the oven overnight; low and slow. My dad preferred to have to peel the pieces off of the baking sheet; that’s how you know it was nice and perfectly chewy 😉

First, I’ll share with you the original recipe, using flanken, followed by the adjustments to use your leftover brisket.

Grandma Barr’s Tzimmes

Barr & Table Passover Leftovers Family Recipe Grandma Barrs Tzimmes

A happy Passover plate

– Flanken [Short ribs]
– 4 white potatoes
– 4 sweet potatoes
– 1/2 cup flour
– 3/4 cup orange juice
– Dried prunes; cut into chunks [Optional]
– 1 tsp orange rind
– 1/2 cup brown sugar
– Honey

Place flanken and carrots in pot, cover with water and boil. When cooked, remove flanken and refrigerate. Leave carrots in water covered all night. The next day cut up potatoes, drain carrots, trim meat and mix together. Add all ingredients and mix together. Spread onto a disposable baking sheet, cover, and cook in a low oven overnight until caramelized and chewy [the lower and slower, the better!]. Uncover to crisp.

If you prefer not to cook overnight, bake at 350°F, covered, until caramelized and chewy. Uncover to crisp.

Adjusted for leftover brisket
Using the brisket that has already been cooked, boil carrots alone and forget the overnight part. Mix everything together and spread onto a disposable baking sheet. Bake at 350°F, covered, until caramelized and chewy. Uncover to crisp.

I have to admit, this is definitely not the healthiest recipe on my blog, but this is just one of those traditional recipes that is worth it. Trust me.

Food for Thought

What is your favorite traditional recipe or meal that you this is just worth it?

What I Ate Wednesday #40: Passover Fail

I tried really hard. Really, I thought “Passover will be so easy.. I’ll just continue to eat exactly how I always do!” I had recipes ready to go, I had food prepped, and then I realized I forgot about legumes. Ok, no big deal. And then I realized I forgot to read a list of ingredients.

So I’m not perfect.. but I’m doing the best that I can! I mean, it has been a whole day and a half.

Barr & Table What I Ate Wednesday WIAW Maple Cinnamon Walnut Butter Quinoa Granola Slimmed Down Sweet Breakfast Scramble No Bull Burger Passover

Slimmed down sweet scramble topped with my homemade maple cinnamon walnut butter, cashew butter, and walnut butter quinoa granola. Success! A delicious, Passover-friendly breakfast.

Kale salad with lots of veggies, buffalo sauce, and a Savory Mushroom & Roasted Garlic No Bull Burger. Sounds like it should be good.. and then I realized I didn’t read the ingredients on the burgers. One ingredient is lentils; alright, legumes aren’t the end of the world. Oh, how about the barley and spelt? Whoops! Good thing I have the rest of the week to make up for it, right?

Leftovers! My family always does 2 nights of everything. Seriously, I thought there were 2 nights of Thanksgiving growing up and I didn’t understand why other people didn’t celebrate the second night.

Regardless, the second night of Passover we had some leftovers and some new additions. Salmon, Bube’s brisket, roasted broccoli and sweet potato, and some fabulous charoset which I will be sharing the recipe for very soon! [Figs, orange, and dates! OH MY!]

Carrots with baba ghanoush and curried golden raisin hummus. Gotta work out a recipe for this hummus!
Mini carrot cake cupcake and a piece of dark chocolate covered matzah. Those paleo cupcakes were a huge hit! Glad I doubled the recipe and made minis!

No more No Bull Burgers for me this week.. back on the Passover wagon today. I promise! [Except for the beans in my sweet potato burgers.. ohh legumes, you get me every time!]

Food for Thought

Have you ever failed on day 1 because of minor oversights?

Does your family have any traditions like my family’s two-night celebrations?