14 Elegant Appetizers to Make for Rosh Hashanah Dinner
Start the holiday dinner with one of these festive recipes, including mushroom and Gruyère tart, deviled eggs with smoked salmon, cream of carrot soup, butternut squash salad, and more.
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, falls in the autumn, during September or October. It's a time of togetherness, where families and friends convene after religious services to celebrate the dawn of a new year. Unlike the Passover seder, there are fewer typical foods eaten for this holiday, but we've selected a number of appetizers that would be ideal for kicking off such a gathering.
Apples and honey (meant to signify the sweetness of the year ahead), are a classic snack at Rosh Hashanah, so we've included this favorite seasonal fruit in an elegant, savory tart—specifically, in the form of our Beet, Cheddar, and Apple Tarts, which are pictured here. They're made with store-bought puff pastry. For traditionalists, there's also a kid-friendly, open-faced apple, honey, and almond sandwich on challah. Pomegranates are another culturally significant ingredient, and they're highlighted as a garnish for autumnal pears and fresh goat cheese in a supremely quick, four-ingredient starter. Jewish holidays often feature matzo ball soup, and the version of the classic that's most beloved by our test kitchen features fluffy, oversized matzoh balls and a restorative homemade broth—your family is sure to love it, too. Carrots are also considered a lucky ingredient during Rosh Hashanah, and the crunchy vegetables make for an elegant hors d'oeuvre when shaved into strips and wrapped around radish-studded goat cheese
Endlessly addictive, festive, and deceptively easy to prepare, deviled eggs are on offer as well in two varieties. For smoked salmon enthusiasts, there's a version that includes the typical bagel topping, and for others, a more simple, classic recipe.
Whichever you choose to serve, these appetizers will set the perfect scene for a festive Rosh Hashanah meal.
Smoked Salmon-Radish Deviled Eggs
Test Kitchen's Favorite Matzo Ball Soup
It's our favorite for good reason: The long-simmered chicken stock makes a soup that is well worth the wait.
Spicy Squash Salad with Ginger-Lime Dressing
Tahini makes a surprising, savory addition to the crust in this satisfying vegetarian dish.
Beet Salad with Honey-Lavender Dressing
Baked Brie with Boozy Fruit
It's hard to resist the gooey texture and rich flavor of baked brie. Tangy, port-laced fruit adds a sweet, slightly acidic note.
Butternut Squash Pizza with Hazelnut Dough
Thinly sliced winter squash stars in this rustic, creative preparation.
Carrot Roulades with Radish and Herb Goat Cheese
Thin strips of carrots create the perfect vessel for creamy goat cheese filling.
Classic Deviled Eggs
Crostini with Ricotta, Honey, and Lemon Zest
Ready in under five minutes, this easy Italian-inspired appetizer marries savory and sweet wonderfully.