A very nice gentleman asked me for this recipe. His wife of over 50 years is
gone now. Over time, I have been grateful that he has honored me by asking that
I help recreate his memories. When Murray first wrote to me, he was 87 years
old, and a new widower, who wanted to be able to make Kasha.
He mastered that process. As of this writing, he is 89 and his culinary courage
is boundless. I must admit that I was a bit reluctant to write this recipe for
him. However, he wanted to be able to make it for his son, and tell about how
his Bubbe had done it. Who could resist that?
Please do follow my directions. A good Tzimmes is a fatty dish. Quite
often, people try to lighten traditional recipes and are disappointed with the
result. The only way that this will be enjoyable is if you realize one meal will
not destroy your whole diet or cholesterol count. Have a good time eating it,
and go back to your usual things the next day. There is no point to trying an
anaemic version of this. It would not evoke the same happy recollections and
pleasures as the original.
Murray, here’s to your memories. May this offering bring back thoughts of happy
years past to all of you.
5 pounds Beef Short Ribs or Flanken
4 large Onions, sliced
1 pound whole baby Carrots
1 pound pitted Prunes
2 Yams, cut in 2 inch pieces
4 Bay Leaves
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons Pareve powdered Beef flavored Soup Base
2 cups Red Wine, mixed with 2 cups Water
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place Short Ribs in a large Dutch oven pan and
bake for 1 hour. Remove the pan from the oven, and place plate until needed.
Over medium heat, cook the onions, stirring occasionally until thoroughly
browned but not burnt. Mix in the other ingredients and the Wine/Water mixture.
Bury the Short Ribs in the pan amidst the mixture.
Bring to a boil, then cover tightly (This needs to be tightly sealed) and place
in the oven at 325 degrees for 2 1/2 hours. Serve. This dish can be left in the
oven overnight at 275 degrees to serve as a Shabbas lunch. If you are
going to do that, increase the Water to 4 cups.