Tzimmes with Seitan Recipe

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Full of veggies, cinnamon, and even some fruit, tzimmes is a recipe reminiscent of fall’s best flavors.
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“Cast-Iron Cooking: Recipes and Tips for Getting the Most out of Your Cast-Iron Cookware” by Rachael Narins.
4-6 servings SERVINGS


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, in large dice
  • 2 cups seitan cubes
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled, in large dice
  • 4 large carrots, peeled, in large dice
  • 1 large apple, peeled and cored, in large dice
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots, halved
  • 1 cup dried plums, pitted (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • Small pinch of ground cinnamon
  • Zest and juice of 1 large orange
  • 1 cup apple juice


  • 1. In a 5-quart Dutch oven, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and seitan and sauté until slightly browned, about 5 minutes.

    2. Add the sweet potatoes, carrots, apple, apricots, dried plums (if using), salt, sugar, cinnamon, orange zest and juice, and apple juice to the pan. Bring to a simmer, uncovered, and cook for about 15 minutes, or until the vegetables soften.

    3. Taste and adjust the seasonings. Remove from the heat and serve.

    More from Cast-Iron Cooking:

    Cast-Iron Dutch Baby with Blueberry Sauce Recipe
    Recipe for Corn Bread, Two Ways
    Cast-Iron Salmon Cakes Recipe
    Excerpted from Cast-Iron Cooking, © by Rachael Narins, photography © by Keller + Keller Photography, used with permission from Storey Publishing. Buy this book from our store: Cast-Iron Cooking.

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Tzimmes is a sweet-and-savory vegetable stew that’s typically served in the fall as part of the Jewish holidays. It’s warming and redolent of autumn flavors. Here, to make it a complete, hearty meal, I’ve added seitan (a meat substitute made of gluten). Serve this stew with corn bread, brown rice, or buttered noodles.