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20 Essential Dishes for Rosh Hashanah

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20 Essential Dishes for Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins at sundown this Wednesday, September 20. This celebration marks the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, and celebratory feasts are held on both nights of Rosh Hashanah to mark a new lunar calendar year. The typical, traditional dishes and ingredients served at Rosh Hashanah are filled with symbolism, and generally all tend to be quite sweet, in order to wish everyone a sweet new year. We’ve rounded up our 20 favorite dishes that should definitely be featured on your overflowing Rosh Hashanah dinner table.


Apple, Walnut, and Poppy Seed Pastry

This traditional Jewish-Hungarian filled pastry is made of five layers of pastry with a sweet, sticky, fruity filling separating each one. A square of this sweet treat will impress everyone at the table and will be the most decadent end to a Rosh Hashanah feast.

For the Apple, Walnut, and Poppy Seed Pastry recipe, click here.


Beet Salad

These bright, earthy beets have been given a touch of sweetness thanks to the honey-based dressing. Such a colorful, vivid salad is a welcome addition to the dinner table.

For the Beet Salad recipe, click here.


Challah With Raisins

A round loaf of challah with raisins is an essential part of every Rosh Hashanah feast: Its circular shape symbolizes the ongoing cycle of the year, and the raisins represent sweetness. Typically, for Rosh Hashanah, this bread will be dipped in honey rather than salt.

For the Challah recipe, click here.


Chocolate Pomegranate Brownies

Pomegranates are often featured at Rosh Hashanah feasts as they symbolize fruitfulness (you can understand where this came from when you look at all the pomegranate’s seeds). These chocolate pomegranate brownies are the sweetest way to end your celebratory meal.

For the Chocolate Pomegranate Brownies recipe, click here.


Citrus Glazed Roasted Carrots

Carrots are a great side dish to serve at your Rosh Hashanah meal as they’re naturally sweet vegetables, which are made even more delicious when coated in a sticky honey glaze.

For the Citrus Glazed Roasted Carrots recipe, click here.


Crispy Roast Chicken

perfectly roasted chicken makes a wonderful centerpiece to be served with all those sweetened, symbolic side dishes at your celebratory evening meal.

For the Crispy Roast Chicken recipe, click here.


Date Cake

The Hebrew word for a date, tamar from the root word tam, means “to end.” Dates are therefore often enjoyed at Rosh Hashanah as they represent the hope that your enemies will be “finished.” This sweet cake is one of our favorite ways to enjoy these dried fruits.

For the Date Cake recipe, click here


Farro and Beet Salad With Blood Orange Vinaigrette

Celebrate the beautiful produce and colors of the harvest season with this nutty, flavor-packed farro side dish.

For the Farro and Beet Salad With Blood Orange Vinaigrette recipe, click here.


Gefilte Fish in White Wine-Herb Broth

Gefilte fish is a popular Rosh Hashanah dish for all Ashkenazi Jews. This recipe strays from the traditional one, resulting in a slightly lighter, more herbal dish.

For the Gefilte Fish in White Wine-Herb Broth recipe, click here.


Honey Apple Cake

Continue the tradition of eating apples dipped in honey by baking this cake that features both of these wonderfully sweet ingredients

For the Honey Apple Cake recipe, click here.


Honey Cake With Apple Confit

Invert the traditional ritual of eating apples dipped in honey by dipping your honey cake in this sweet, seasonal apple confit.

For the Honey Cake With Apple Confit recipe, click here.


Leek Gratin

Leeks are often served at Rosh Hashanah as the word for leekskaret, means “to cut.”  This is referred to in the prayer where it is said that those who wish to hurt us will be “cut off.”

For the Leek Gratin recipe, click here.


Matzo Ball Soup

What would a traditional Jewish holiday be without a comforting, warming bowl of everybody’s favorite matzo ball soup?

For the Matzo Ball Soup recipe, click here.


Noodle Kugel

A sweet noodle kugel made with cream cheese, cinnamon, and raisins makes a great side dish for this decadent feast.

For the Noodle Kugel recipe, click here.


Quinoa-Stuffed Sugar Pumpkin

Sugar pumpkins are a common feature at Rosh Hashanah dining tables because of their sweet flavor and the belief that, similar to how the thick skin of a pumpkin protects its insides, the Jewish people will be protected from evil.

For the Quinoa-Stuffed Sugar Pumpkin recipe, click here.



Eating sweet things is actively encouraged over Rosh Hashanah, and we really don’t need any more motivation to make a sweet, flaky batch of rugelach.

For the Rugelach recipe, click here.


Slow-Cooker Beef Stew

A comforting bowl of hearty, steaming beef stew — also known as cholent — is the most seasonally perfect dish to serve at your Rosh Hashanah meal.

For the Slow-Cooker Beef Stew recipe, click here.


Slow-Cooker Coffee-Braised Brisket

A simple, comforting, braised beef brisket is an essential at every Rosh Hashanah table: Every Jewish family has its own recipe, but just in case you don’t, we recommend this simple, coffee-braised one.

For the Slow-Cooker Coffee-Braised Brisket recipe, click here.


Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

These beef-stuffed cabbage rolls, called holishkes, symbolize abundance. This is a Polish take on the recipe, which serves the cabbage rolls in a sweet and sour tomato sauce.

For the Stuffed Cabbage Rolls recipe, click here.


White Fish With Lemon, Capers, Mustard, and Parsley

On Rosh Hashanah, fish is often served and eaten as a symbol of the coming year being one of plenty. You could also follow the tradition of placing the fish’s head on the table and reciting a prayer over it, but we won’t force this upon the squeamish among you.

For the White Fish With Lemon, Capers, Mustard, and Parsley recipe, click here.

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