Betty Goodfriend’s Turkey Tzimmes

Tzimmes Goodfriend E 300W

Betty, a Holocaust survivor, was the wife of the celebrated Cantor Isaac Goodfriend. Her cooking was legendary in the Atlanta area. Turkey Tzimmes is one of her signature recipes. Submitted by


4 medium white potatoes
2 lbs. sweet potatoes
3 lbs. baby carrots, peeled
1 lb. prunes, pitted
1-½ lbs. turkey thighs with skin and bone
1-teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup honey
1 Tablespoon salt (or to taste)
½ cup dark brown sugar
5-6 cups water


Peel and cut white potatoes into ¼ inch slices and layer on bottom of a large Dutch oven.
Peel and cut sweet potatoes into chunks, about 8 per potato
Rinse baby carrots and prunes in cold water.
In a large bow, combine carrots, sweet potatoes and prunes.
Put half of this mixture over white potatoes. Add turkey thighs skin side up
Cover with remaining carrot mixture. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Pour honey over top of carrot mixture. Mix salt and sugar in 2 cups water and pour over vegetables. Add remaining water until liquid is about 2-3 inches below top of carrot mixture. Preheat oven to 325

On stovetop, bring to a boil then simmer covered for 20 minutes. Place uncovered in oven for 3-4 hours; Checking every 30 minutes adding water if necessary. If sauce seems too watery, mix in 1-teaspoon potato starch or flour to water.
When done, everything should be tender. Remove turkey from bone and cut into bite size pieces and place atop tzimmes. Serve warm. If refrigerated, reheat at 325 until warm

Serves 8-10 Use as a side or entree


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