Rosh Hashanah Menu – 25+ Recipes for an Unforgettable Rosh Hashanah Meal

Rosh Hashanah Menu – 25+ Recipes for an Unforgettable Rosh Hashanah Meal

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This year, the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, begins at sunset on September 15. For Jews of Eastern European and Russian (Ashkenazi) descent, an Old World-inspired festive feast would include challah, chicken soup, slow-roasted brisket or French fries. Roasted chicken, sweetened roasted root vegetables that always include carrots, and a wide array of side dishes. For Jews of North African, East African, Indian, or Middle Eastern origin (Sephardic and Mizrahi), there is often a Rosh Hashanah Seder, with specific symbolic foods interwoven into an array of dishes.

No matter your background, on your first full day (after services) we are here to help you create an unforgettable Rosh Hashanah menu. Below is a list of our favorite recipes for a delicious Rosh Hashanah meal.

A challah of bread

Make sure to shape them into circles and serve with plenty of honey for dipping.

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How to make challah bread

At its roots, challah is a very easy bread to make. The dough is enriched with eggs and oil, while a few tablespoons of sugar add some sweetness. It doesn’t require any complicated techniques and can be made from start to finish in an afternoon.

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Challah tour with Dukkah recipe

This kohl loaf contains honey and sugar for sweetness, and is topped with dukkah, a crunchy mixture of seeds and nuts that hails from Egypt and the Middle East.

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Pull away challah rolls

Don’t be fooled by its good looks; There is actually no braiding when forming the coils. In fact, if you can tie a knot, you can make these soft and cozy wraps.

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Main dishes

As for the star of your holiday table, a hearty plate of brisket, slow-cooked brisket, or classic roast chicken is sure to get rave reviews.

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Classic whole grilled chicken

Never underestimate the power of grilled chicken. It’s a can’t-miss Sunday dinner—holiday or not—and leftovers (if you’re very lucky) can be used in sandwiches, salads, and quick meals throughout the week.

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Individual pot roast with thyme-glazed carrots

You can serve this simply with just carrots, making it a true Rosh Hashanah feast in one bowl. The carrots will be tender, but not mushy; They keep the weakest part of the snap inside. But of course, you can also put the meat and sauce over pasta or rice.

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Soups: chicken and beyond

A bowl of warm soup is a welcome addition to any holiday. Some of our favorites include classic chicken noodles, a meatless take on matzo ball soup, and this delicious lentil soup with pomegranate.

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Chicken vermicelli soup

This recipe is much better than any other recipe that comes in a box or box, but it’s not quite as daunting as starting with a whole chicken and making the stock from scratch.

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Vegetarian Matzo Ball Soup

This recipe is easy enough and can be modified to accommodate any additional favorite vegetables or flavors. Obviously, you can make the same thing with chicken broth and soup.

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Lentil soup with pomegranate

When cooking lentil soup, stirring in something tart and tangy can add liveliness and complexity to earthy beans. Lemon juice, yogurt, and apple cider vinegar are old-fashioned alternatives. Another seasonal possibility is pomegranate.

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Cauliflower soup

This garlic and thyme infused cauliflower soup is vegan flavored and naturally dairy-free, making it a perfect fit for anyone at your Rosh Hashana celebration.

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Salads and side dishes

Add these to classic family kugels and pumpkin twists. Not only will they be devoured, but vegetarians will also have plenty to eat.

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Braised lentils and shallots

This time of year, we’re looking for comfort foods that are easy and delicious but not too heavy. Comfort food is often rich and heavy, but we think these silky braised leeks are comforting yet light.

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Potato and leek galette

One of the great things about this delicious potato and leek galette is that it looks fancy, but the ingredients are simple and inexpensive. The potatoes are plain old wine, the fat is olive oil instead of butter, and although it’s gluten-free and vegan, the galette is delightfully starchy and creamy—the perfect combination of comfort food and an elegant dish worthy of company.

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Farro salad with peas and leeks

Made from whole grains, seasonal vegetables and herbs, cold grain salads make a satisfying side dish. I top yogurt with mayonnaise and use black-eyed or split peas in my Jewish Rosh Hashanah version.

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Appetizers

Start this year’s celebration with a few small bites before rolling out the main course.

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Borscht crostini

All the ingredients that make classic borscht so delicious—roasted beets, carrots, pickled onions, fresh dill, garlic, and crème fraîche—are piled on top of toasted bread for a cold appetizer that can be prepared in advance.

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Moroccan Roasted Carrot Hummus

This hummus is irresistible, both in flavor and color – bright orange! Moroccan spices add that lovely dimension too. This is the kind of warm and spicy flavor combination you’ll crave when the days get shorter and colder.

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Smoked salmon dip

Holiday entertaining means going all out and serving up recipes that are truly worthy of the joyous occasion. Fortunately, impressing your friends doesn’t mean you’ve broken the bank or your back.

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Pickled deviled eggs with beets

This recipe for a classic appetizer involves scalding eggs in a bowl of beets, vinegar, brown sugar, and pink peppercorns. The result is a plate of grilled eggs packed with intense flavor and a gorgeous deep blue-purple color.

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sweets

Who can forget dessert? It’s a holiday all about sweet foods, so let’s do it.

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Apple honey cake

This layered cake has a rustic kind of elegance and Rosh Hashanah is the perfect time to make it. With layers of fresh apple cake, honey buttercream frosting, and a touch of crunchy oat crumbs, don’t be surprised if the cake disappears in an instant.

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Honey and apple cakes

These apple and honey scones are great for any fall occasion, but they also contain ingredients symbolic of a good and sweet Jewish New Year.

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Carrot candy

Carrot halwa is an Indian dessert made from grated carrots, whole milk, dried fruits and nuts, and has a light and delicious fudge texture.

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Kugelhopf breakfast rolls

Made fresh from the oven in the morning, these kugelhopf rolls are absolutely amazing. And that’s even before dipping them in melted butter and rolling them in cinnamon and sugar!

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Classic rugelach

This recipe provides you with delicious cream cheese based cookie dough. Honey, walnuts or chocolate are just the starting point for how to fill this dessert.

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