Rosh Hashanah Traditional Foods and Recipes

Recipes for the Holiday


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Many people know about the custom of eating apples dipped in honey on Rosh Hashanah, but there are many more food-related customs for the Jewish New Year. Sweet foods are popular, to symbolize the sweet year we hope will follow. In the Sephardic community, many families hold a Rosh Hashanah seder where a series of symbolic foods are eaten before the meal.

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Each of the chosen foods–generally a pomegranate, date, string bean, beet, pumpkin, leek, and fish head–symbolize a wish or blessing for prosperity and health in the coming year. The food’s significance is most often based on a pun of that food’s name. You can buy Rosh Hashanah seder plates in our online store.

Holiday Recipes

Brisket, a traditional cut of meat on Rosh Hashanah

Seitan Brisket, a vegetarian alternative to brisket

Crockpot Sweet and Sour Brisket

Pomegranate Chicken, a sweet and tangy entree

Cocktail Meatballs with Pignolis and Currants

Crockpot Carne con Papas

Balsamic Apple Date Challah

Tayglach, dough boiled in honey

Honey Cake, a sweet treat for a sweet year

Apple Cake, seasonal apples to celebrate the holiday

Sour Cream Apple Coffee Cake

Sfratti, Honey walnut stick cookies

Apple Kugel Crumble Cake

Tzimmes, a hot sweet carrot dish

Gluten-Free Apple Kugel

Fish, symbols of abundance and fertility

Apples and Honey Punch

Honey Pomegranate Cake

Symbolic Foods

Orange and Pomegranate Salad

Syrian Candied Gourd

Black-Eyed Peas with Turmeric and Pomegranate

Beet Chips with Spicy Mayo

Green Beans and Honey Tahini

Roasted Beets with Pesto

Braised Leeks

Pumpkin Cranberry Cupcakes

Date Coconut Rolls

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