20 Rosh Hashanah Recipes to Celebrate the New Year
Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year, and the holiday falls in September or early October. Our recipes for the Rosh Hashanah feature essential foods and ingredients that are symbolic and meaningful in Jewish culture such as leeks, pomegranates, carrots, honey, and apples. It wouldn't be Rosh Hashanah without a showstopping tender brisket recipe. We have two delicious versions that everyone will love—sweet-and-sour brisket featuring chile sauce and brown sugar, and orange-braised brisket which stays moist by soaking up Triple Sec liqueur and chicken broth while it cooks.
Roast chicken and roasted salmon are other popular main courses for Rosh Hashanah. For beet-and-dill roasted wild salmon, cooked and grated purple beets are layered on top of the salmon which marinates for at least 30 minutes. Over time, the fish takes on an intense purple hue and makes a truly incredible centerpiece for a holiday dinner.
Of course, the celebration calls for some stellar desserts, too. Given the importance of apples on Rosh Hashanah (they are traditionally dipped in honey and eaten to symbolize the promise of a sweet New Year), what would the day be without the spiced apple cake, which is seen here, or a photo-worthy apple membrillo tart? Honey—a symbol of sweetness and the many blessings from God—also appears in many of these recipes for Rosh Hashanah. Whether it's used as a glaze on roasted carrots or as a sweetener in a festive cocktail, there are delicious ways to make good use of this important ingredient.
Prepare any of these recipes for Rosh Hashanah and your entire family will ask for seconds.
Rosh Hashanah is all about bringing family and friends together for a celebration of the New Year. This brisket recipe transports Sarah Carey, our editorial director for food, back to her childhood, as the sweet and sour flavors in this brisket were her grandmother's signature.
Raisin-Challah Apple Betty
Matzo Ball Soup
Celebrate Rosh Hashanah with this easy white wine-based cocktail, which is made with two ingredients traditionally served on the Jewish New Year. It has a healthy dose of pomegranate juice—which comes from the many seeds that represent a fruitful year—and a taste of honey, a symbol for sweetness in the year to come.
Honey Cake with Caramelized Pears
Roasted Vegetables with Pomegranate Vinaigrette
Try this colorful take on the latke where red beets replace the usual potatoes.
Walnut Honey Cake
Onion and Leek Focaccia
Leeks are an important ingredient on Rosh Hashanah. They symbolize the need to cut ties with individuals who may otherwise hurt us in the New Year. This gorgeous bread layers leeks and sliced onions on top of the dough, then is finished with a sprinkle of flaky sea salt and rosemary leaves for an earthy, savory flavor.
Braised Fennel with Pomegranate
Pomegranates are traditionally served on the second night of Rosh Hashanah. The ruby-red seeds add a stunning color and crunch to this dish of braised fennel flavored with anise. It's a delicious side to serve with brisket or roasted salmon.
Brown-Butter Honey Cookies
In Jewish culture, honey is a symbol of the gifts and favors offered by God. We're making sweet use of this favorite ingredient in these nutty cookies. While the woven pattern looks intricate and complex, it's simple to create using an embossed rolling pin before cutting and shaping the dough.
Roast Chicken with Meyer Lemons and Potatoes
Salmon and Cod Gefilte Fish
Pomegranates symbolize love, fertility, and the removal of negativity during the Jewish New Year. To celebrate the power of pomegranates, serve this sweet and tart relish as an accompaniment to your main course.
Seeded Marble Rye Bread
Rye bread is a staple at Rosh Hashanah celebrations, among other Jewish holidays. Whether you spread chopped liver on a slice, crumble it on a salad, or eat it as a side, this gorgeous, earthy bread is an essential.