Rosh Hashanah Recipes For a Sweet New Year

Sep 4 2013 - 4:25am

For Jewish people all over the world, Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is a special time of new beginnings and rebirth. Other than attending synagogue for the High Holidays, there's one major tradition that Jews all over the globe share: the Rosh Hashanah dinner. Family and friends gather for a delicious feast to celebrate and pray for a sweet New Year. Whether you're a seasoned diner at these events or you're going to your very first Rosh Hashanah meal, here are some great recipes to help get the New Year kicked off right!

— Additional reporting by Nicole Perry

Spicy Marinated Olives

Start off the meal with a bowl of spicy marinated olives [1].

Honeyed French 75

Pair your first bites with a cocktail, like this honeyed take on a French 75 [2].

White Bean and Rosemary Dip

White bean dip with rosemary [3] is the right blend of rusticity, wholesomeness, convenience, and, of course, deliciousness.


Break bread with eggy challah bread, whether a classic, pared-down version [4], a rich peanut butter and chocolate studded loaf [5], or a dessert-ready cinnamon-swirled option [6]. Fear not: braiding challah dough [7] isn't as hard as it looks.

Potato Pancakes

These indulgent potato pancakes [8] (they're fried in duck fat!) are a stellar way to kick off celebratory meals all season long.

Matzo Ball Soup

Dish up a bowl of liquid comfort, also known as matzo ball soup. Watch the video to see how the famed Carnegie Deli makes its version, then print out the recipe [9].

Brussels Sprouts Salad

Brussels sprouts [10], maple syrup, and dried cranberries come together in an Autumnal salad.

Braised Beef Brisket

A flavorful braised beef brisket [11] is sure to delight everyone at your table.

Sweet Potatoes With Honey

One ingredient that plays a recurring role in Rosh Hashanah is honey, which symbolizes sweetness for the New Year. Enjoy Tyler Florence [12]'s recipe for sweet potatoes with honey [13].

Glazed Carrots

A sweet and simple side: carrot sticks [14] glazed with pomegranate, balsamic vinegar, and, of course, honey.

Apple Challah

Keep with tradition and serve up a round apple-studded challah [15] as a sweet end to your Rosh Hashanah meal.

Apple Date Muffincakes

Apples and dates, two foods that play a role in the Jewish New Year, appear together in this cinnamon-flecked muffincake [16].

Cherry-Almond Rugelach

Need a break from all those traditional apple and honey sweets? Cherry-almond rugelach [17] is a perennial favorite.

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