5 Rosh Hashanah Dinner Menus to Try This Year

 
 
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There’s just so much to love about the quiet, nostalgia-inducing time of year that surrounds Rosh Hashanah—at least here on the East Coast. Crisp, still-sunny skies and cozy sweaters, for starters. And those deep autumn colors—purples and oranges and browns. Warm desserts, warm drinks, warm hearts. Pulling on the season’s first pair of tights, and the season’s first real coat, and stepping outside to see the season’s first few fallen leaves…

GAH. The best. It’s an ending and a beginning all at once. And it’s pure magic.

This year, the New Year falls on September 29…which means there’s bound to be even more autumn goodness to stare at and crunch your feet on and revel in. It’s why I always have and always will associate this holiday with so much more than just apples and honey.

Today, I wanted to share a few complete Rosh Hashanah menus in the hopes that you’ll start getting excited yourself. Since my family is half Ashkenazi and half Sephardic, I’ve included menus from both of our traditions, plus a few other creative, just-for-fun menus.

As always, the ideas I’m presenting here are just jumping-off points to get your creative juices flowing in the kitchen and to get you thinking about the endless possibilities for this and all Jewish holidays. They’re intended to encourage you, not stifle you. But if I’ve missed any of your favorite recipes or dishes, definitely leave me a comment and let me know—I’d love to learn what else is out there!


A Traditional Ashkenazi Rosh Hashanah Menu

On the Table

Cinnamon Raisin Round Challah | Lion’s Bread
Apples & Honey | Made by Rebekah

Side & starter Ideas

Kasha Varnishkes | The New York Times
Fish Quenelles with Two Sauces (Gefilte fish!) | Haaretz
Kreplach Soup | Saveur
Holishkes (Stuffed Cabbage Rolls) | Epicurious
Celery Salad with Dates & Almonds | Cookie & Kate
Beet Borscht | Taste of Home
Chopped Liver Pumpernickel Crostini | Made by Rebekah
Roasted Carrot and Sweet Potato Tzimmes | Jewish Food Experience

Main course Ideas

Honey-Roasted Chicken with Garlic and Lavender | Food 52
Melt-in-Your-Mouth Oven-Cooked Brisket | Girl and the Kitchen
Red Wine Braised Brisket | Bon Appetit
Sweet and Spicy Roast Chicken | The New York Times

Drink Ideas

Chai Spiced Apple Cider Cocktail | Vegetarian Ventures
Bourbon Apple Cider } Set the Table
Apple Bourbon Smash | Zestful Kitchen
Sparkling Fig & Honey Cocktail | Hello Glow
Apple Crisp Cocktail | Sugar and Charm
Caramel Apple Sangria | The Sweetest Occasion

Dessert Ideas

Apple Raisin Kugel | Simply Beautiful Eating
Rosh Hashanah Apple Cake | Leah Koenig
Mini Apple Cakes for Rosh Hashanah | Made by Rebekah
Majestic & Moist New Year’s Honey Cake | Epicurious
Teiglach | Cooking & More


A Traditional Sephardic Rosh Hashanah Menu

Helpful resources and readings for first-time hosts of Sephardic seders can be found here, here, here, and here!

On the Table

Sweet Medjool Dates
Sephardic Challah with Whole Spices | The New York Times

Side & starter IDEAS

Moroccan Fish and Crispy Rice Cake with Saffron Crust | The Nosher
Zucca Sfranta in Forno (Baked Mashed Squash) | Centropa
Pumpkin Borekas | The Global Jewish Kitchen
Carrots With Tahini Dressing | Food & Wine
Israeli Couscous with Root Vegetables | The Global Jewish Kitchen
Leek and Celery Root Soup | Goop
Sephardic Jeweled Rosh Hoshanah Rice | May I Have That Recipe
Israeli Couscous Salad with Feta, Chickpeas, and Herbs | The Kitchn
Roasted Beet Salad with Cumin and Cilantro | The Nosher
Fried Leek Patties (Keftes de Prassa) | Tori Avey
Prassa Quajado (Leek and Potato Bake) | The Global Jewish Kitchen
Lubiya (Black-Eyed Pea Stew) | Jewish Women’s Archive

Main course IDEAS

Roast Chicken with Saffron, Hazelnuts, and Honey | Yotam Ottolenghi Sami Tamimi for Epicurious
Moroccan-Style Lamb Shanks | Chicago Tribune
False Mahshi (Layered Swiss Chard, Beets, Rice and Beef) | Joan Nathan for The New York Times
Khoresht Fesenjan (Persian Pomegranate Walnut Stew) | My Jerusalem Kitchen
Roast Chicken in Pomegranate and Date Molasses | Washington Post

DrinK IDEAS

Sephardic-Inspired Sangria-Two Ways | The Nosher
Pomegranate Tequila Coolers with Fresh Date Syrup | With Food + Love
Pomegranate Grapefruit Paloma | Smitten Kitchen
Pomegranate Honey Coolers | Martha Stewart
Cardamom Blush Cocktail | Food Republic

Dessert Ideas

Honey-Drenched Travados | Stella’s Cookbook
Date Honey Nut Cake | Tori Avey
Apple Tarts with Goat Cheese and Honey | My Jerusalem Kitchen
Persian Saffron Pudding | Tori Avey
Sephardic Cinnamon Sugar Cookie Rings | Chabad


 
Sage Salted Caramel Apple Pie    via Cloudy Kitchen.

Sage Salted Caramel Apple Pie via Cloudy Kitchen.

 

An Apple-Inspired Rosh Hashanah Menu

on the table

Apple & Honey Challah | Smitten Kitchen
Apples & Honey Board | Made by Rebekah

Side & starter Ideas

Chopped Salad with Apples, Walnuts, and Bitter Lettuces | The New York Times
Apple Butternut Squash Soup | Martha Stewart
Apple & Sweet Potato Tzimmes | Joy of Kosher
Apple Raisin Kugel | Simply Beautiful Eating
Stuffed Matzo Ball Soup with Chicken and Apples | Epicurious

Main course Ideas

Autumn Apple Chicken | Taste of Home
Roasted Apple Brisket | Joy of Kosher

Drink Ideas

Long Island Apple Iced Tea | Jennifer Meyering
Autumn Apple and Pear Sangria | Home Cooking Memories
Apple Mojito | Cake ‘n’Knife
Apple Pie Moscow Mule | The Cookie Rookie
Apple Crisp Cocktail | Freutcake
Apple Brandy Fizz | Sugar and Cloth

Dessert Ideas

Apple Cider Layer Cake with Dairy-Free Caramel Buttercream | Frosting & Fettucine
Apple Cornbread Crisp | Taste of Home
Rosh Hashanah Apple Cake | Leah Koenig
Mini Apple Pies | Elisabeth & Butter
Mini Apple Cakes for Rosh Hashanah | Made by Rebekah


 
Cowboy Brisket Tacos    via Country Living.

Cowboy Brisket Tacos via Country Living.

 

A Very Southwestern Rosh Hashanah

On the Table

Roasted Jalapeño Hummus | Minimalist Baker
Sephardic Salsa | Tori Avey
Pita Chips With Cumin, Pepper, and Lime | Sweet Paul Magazine
Cast-Iron Skillet Latke | Food52

Side & Starter Ideas

Jewish Texan Black-Eyed Pea Hoppin’ John | Food52
Tex-Mex Sweet Potato and Corn Kugel | Jamie Geller
Mexican Matzo Ball Soup with Chipotle and Lime | Food52
Classic Cole Slaw | Bon Appetit
Sandra’s Mexican Israeli Salad | Tori Avey
Mexican Chicken Soup } Dinner at the Zoo
Spicy Gefilte Fish Balls | Kosher.com

Main course Ideas

Cowboy Brisket | Country Living
Kosher Barbecue Chicken | Joy of Kosher
Pomegranate Brisket Tacos | Melinda Strauss

Drink Ideas

Spicy Honey Margarita | Bushwick Kitchen
Chile Pomegranate Paloma | Saveur
Spiced Apple Margaritas | Cookie & Kate

Dessert Ideas

Hot Honey Churros | National Honey Board
Sweet Potato Pie | Taste of Home
Classic Apple Pie | All Recipes


Matzo Ball Potato Chowder    via What Jew Wanna Eat.

Matzo Ball Potato Chowder via What Jew Wanna Eat.

A New England Rosh Hashanah

On the Table

Harvest Apple Challah | King Arthur Flour
Apples & Honey Board | Made by Rebekah

Side & Starter Ideas

Kosher New England “Clam” Chowder with Oyster Mushrooms | Joy of Kosher
Matzo Ball Potato Chowder \ What Jew Wanna Eat
Maple-Roasted Carrot Tzimmes | Two Kooks in the Kitchen

Main course IDeas

New England Boiled Dinner (Brisket and Cabbage) | Simply Recipes
Roast Chicken with Maple Butter | The New York Times

Drink Ideas

Homemade Apple Cider | Gimme Some Oven
Slow Cooker Mulled Wine | Delish
Hot Apple Cider | Inspired by Charm

Dessert Ideas

Apple Blueberry Cake | A Latte Food
Chocolate Egg Cream | The Nosher
Apple Butter Rugelach | Bakerita
Caramel Apple Ice Box Cake | Life Love and Sugar
Maple Apple Pie | Kitchen Heals Soul
Apple Cider Whoopie Pies | The New York Times