14 Elegant Rosh Hashanah Appetizers to Make for the Holiday Dinner

Photo: David Prince

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 Rosh Hashanah appetizers that would be ideal for kicking off such a gathering.

Our selection includes recipes that feature ingredients considered lucky for the holida, like carrots, which feature in both a vegetable tart and a creamy soup, and ones that are culturally significant, like pomegranates, which serve as the garnish for autumnal pears and fresh goat cheese in a supremely quick, four-ingredient starter. And, of course, there's that Jewish holiday favorite, matzo ball soup, in the mix, along with less expected options such as a mushroom and Gruyère tart, deviled eggs with smoked salmon, and butternut squash salad.

Whichever you choose to serve, these Rosh Hashanah appetizers will set the perfect scene for a festive meal.

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Smoked Salmon-Radish Deviled Eggs

Mike Krautter

The smoked fish adds a luxurious savory flavor to this classic appetizer.

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Roasted-Carrot-and-Beet Tart

Bryan Gardner

Leaving the carrots whole makes for an even more enticing presentation in this striking phyllo tart.

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Test Kitchen's Favorite Matzo Ball Soup

matzo ball chicken broth soup
Sidney Bensimon

It's our favorite for good reason: The long-simmered chicken stock makes a soup that is well worth the wait.

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Spicy Squash Salad with Ginger-Lime Dressing

David Prince

This dish features two varieties of squash: butternut and acorn, along with an addictive, slightly zesty vinaigrette.

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Mushroom-Gruyère Tart

mushroom tart
Jonathan Lovekin

Tahini makes a surprising, savory addition to the crust in this satisfying vegetarian dish.

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Beet Salad with Honey-Lavender Dressing

Mikkel Vang

Fall produce and fresh goat cheese star in this vibrant, refreshing salad.

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Carrot-Ginger Soup

Bryan Gardner

This aromatic, velvety soup can be served hot or cold and is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

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Baked Brie with Boozy Fruit

Aya Brackett

It's hard to resist the gooey texture and rich flavor of baked brie. Tangy, port-laced fruit adds a sweet, slightly acidic note.

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Beet, Cheddar, and Apple Tarts

beet cheddar apple tarts
Bryan Gardner

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 made with store-bought puff pastry.

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Butternut Squash Pizza with Hazelnut Dough


Thinly sliced winter squash stars in this rustic, creative preparation.

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Herb-Cheese Palmiers


These savory pastries feature both cheddar and Parmesan, along with chopped fresh herbs.

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Carrot Roulades with Radish and Herb Goat Cheese


Thin strips of carrots create the perfect vessel for creamy goat cheese filling.

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Classic Deviled Eggs

Bryan Gardner

This crowd-pleasing appetizer is a classic for a reason.

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Crostini with Ricotta, Honey, and Lemon Zest

three versions of crostini on gray placemat
Marcus Nilsson

Ready in under five minutes, this easy Italian-inspired appetizer marries savory and sweet wonderfully.

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