Rosh Hashanah celebrates the Jewish New Year, and marks the beginning of a 10-day period of prayer, self-examination, and repentance. The days between Rosh Hashanah and the other High Holy Day of Yom Kippur are a time to begin introspection and look back at the past year in order to make positive changes for the future. Rosh Hashanah customs include sounding the shofar (a ram's horn trumpet) and eating symbolic foods such as apples dipped in honey to usher in a sweet new year.
Although customary foods are deeply rooted in traditions during this Jewish holiday, putting a new twist on holiday favorites makes the occasion extra special. Putting her own spin on traditional foods is Elana Horwich of Meal and a Spiel. Horwich mixes in cultural cuisines, such as authentic Italian cooking, and takes a healthier approach, such as swapping out heavy cream for coconut milk, to update some of the holiday’s best offerings.
From a fresh new spin on matzo ball soup that uses duck fat instead of butter to a nut- and honey-filled dessert, Horwich’s recipes are a modern approach to classic dishes that must be included on your holiday table. Keeping flavor profiles similar and ingredients familiar, these recipes will liven up the celebration while paying tribute to the past.
Emily Jacobs is the Recipe editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyRecipes.