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A Jewish New Year's Feast

Traditional recipes for a sweet Rosh Hashanah celebration

Rosh Hashanah Ingredients


Celebrate a sweet New Year with foods that are infused with apples, pomegranates and honey.

Each year, generations of families come together to celebrate Rosh Hashanah — the Jewish New Year — one of the most important occasions on the Jewish calendar. The holiday meal is an important part of this observance, featuring symbolic foods and beloved dishes from a variety of regional traditions.

The typical Rosh Hashanah meal includes sweet tastes, such as apples and honey, symbolizing hopes for a sweet new year. Other dishes on the menu might include a roast chicken or braised brisket, dried fruits, sweet carrots, pomegranates, honey or apple cake, and round loaves of challah.

Here are some great recipes for dishes you might want to put on your holiday table:

Poached Cod & Green Beans With Pesto

This dish works well as a main dish or divide into smaller portions and serve as a first course.

Roast Chicken with Pomegranate Glaze

Garnish the plate with pomegranates for an extra splach of color on your holiday table.  

Sweet and Savory Beef Stew

This easy-to-cook dish can be a feast for two or easily adapted for a big crowd. 

Molasses Glazed Carrots

Pomegranate molasses and honey make this side dish the perfect addition to your holiday table.

Roasted Radishes & Leeks with Thyme

Radishes become sweet and tender when roasted in a hot oven.

Spiced Apple Bread Pudding

This delicious dessert gets a double hit of apple flavor from both the apple cider and plenty of sliced tart apples.

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