Rosh Hashanah Traditional Foods and Recipes

Recipes for the Jewish new year

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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.

Rosh Hashanah Recipes

Honey Whole Wheat Challah

Chocolate Cranberry Challah Rolls with Citrus Sugar

Balsamic Apple Date Challah

Brisket, a traditional cut of meat on Rosh Hashanah

Seitan Brisket, a vegetarian alternative to brisket

Pomegranate Brisket with Cranberry Succotash

Pomegranate and Honey Glazed Chicken

Crockpot Sweet and Sour Brisket

Pomegranate Chicken, a sweet and tangy entree

Cocktail Meatballs with Pignolis and Currants

Crockpot Carne con Papas

Tzimmes, a hot sweet carrot dish

Sephardic Jeweled Rosh Hashanah Rice

Classic Potato Kugel

Gluten-Free Apple Kugel

Mock Chopped Liver

Fish, symbols of abundance and fertility

Apples and Honey Punch

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

Apple and Honey Pie Pops

Sfratti, Honey walnut stick cookies

Apple Kugel Crumble Cake

Honey Pomegranate Cake

Symbolic Foods

Orange and Pomegranate Salad

Syrian Candied Gourd

Black-Eyed Peas with Turmeric and Pomegranate

Beet Chips with Spicy Mayo

Braised Leeks with Thyme and Pomegranate

Green Beans and Honey Tahini

Roasted Beets with Pesto

Braised Leeks

Pumpkin Cranberry Cupcakes

Date Coconut Rolls

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