Rosh Hashanah Traditional Foods and Recipes

Recipes for the Jewish New Year.

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.

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.

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Rosh Hashanah Recipes


Honey Whole Wheat Challah

Chocolate Cranberry Challah Rolls with Citrus Sugar

Balsamic Apple Date Challah

Rosh Hashanah Appetizers and Entrees

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

Molly Yeh’s Apple Cider Brisket

Pomegranate Chicken

Cocktail Meatballs with Pignolis and Currants

Instant Pot Georgian Pomegranate Chicken

Sheet Pan Tzimmes-Roasted Chicken Thighs

Crockpot Carne con Papas

Rosh Hashanah Sides

Tzimmes, a hot sweet carrot dish

Sephardic Jeweled Rosh Hashanah Rice

Classic Potato Kugel

Gluten-Free Apple Kugel

Mock Chopped Liver

Saffron Rice with Raisins and Pine Nuts

Italian Sweet and Sour Fish

Couscous with Seven Vegetables

Rosh Hashanah Desserts and Drinks

Apples-and-Honey Punch

Tayglach, dough boiled in honey

Honey Cake

Apple Cake

Sour Cream Apple Coffee Cake

Gluten-Free Apple Cake

Apple and Honey Pie Pops

Salted Honey Apple Upside-Down Cake

Sfratti, honey walnut stick cookies

Apple Kugel Crumble Cake

Easy Vegan Apple Turnovers

Honey Pomegranate Cake


Recipes Featuring Symbolic Rosh Hashanah 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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