Festive Recipes for Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah, or the Jewish New Year, begins in one week which still leaves you plenty of time to prepare your menu with a little help from the Family Kitchen! The holiday extends for ten days, the High Holy Days, and that’s ten days of celebrating rich traditions and feasting with family and friends. The focus is on the new year and the hope for a sweet year to come, so what better way to ring it in than with sweet dishes? It ends with Yom Kippur, the day of atonement and fasting, so make sure to take advantage of all these wonderful dishes while you can. Plus many of these recipes have been passed down from generation to generation, which is sure to make your festivities that much more special. Check out these delicious traditional dishes, after the jump!

  • Honey Cake 1 of 13
    Honey Cake
    Honey is a traditional ingredient for Rosh Hashanah recipes as it symbolizes the hope of a sweet life in the new year. This recipe is so delicious that you'll want to make it all year long, even if you're not Jewish!
    Get the recipe for honey cake at Smitten Kitchen
    Image Credit: Smitten Kitchen
  • Root Beer Braised Brisket in the Slow Cooker 2 of 13
    Root Beer Braised Brisket in the Slow Cooker
    The is a super easy and juicy recipe for what often times can be a dried-out, tough piece of meat. By using the slow cooker, all of the juices are kept inside. Plus, adding the can of root beer, sugar, and tomatoes gives the dish an extra burst of flavor.
    Make your own root beer braised brisket
  • Mandel Brot 3 of 13
    Mandel Brot
    This treat is like biscotti, only with a special traditional twist that contains no butter so it can be served on the Sabbath and for Jewish holidays. Here is a grandmother's recipe that is sure to please.
    Make your own mandel brot
  • Rugelach 4 of 13
    These super fun and festive cookies have all kinds of sweetness from the mixture of chocolate chips, nuts, sugar, and apricot jam.
    Make your own rugelach
  • Gefilte Fish – NO PERMISSION YET 5 of 13
    Gefilte Fish - NO PERMISSION YET
    No more fish in a jar, now you can make your own and impress your guests with the depth of flavor this recipe provides.
  • Honey Glazed Carrots and Parsnips 6 of 13
    Honey Glazed Carrots and Parsnips
    Feel free to skip the parsnips for these carrot tzimmes that are sweetened for the new year and cut into coin shapes to symbolize prosperity.
    Get the recipe for honey glazed carrots and parsnips at Cooking With My Kid
    Image Credit: Cooking With My Kid
  • Sweet Noodle Kugel 7 of 13
    Sweet Noodle Kugel
    Another sweet, traditional dish to ensure a good life in the coming year. We especially like that this dish gets it's sweet flavor from healthy sweet potatoes.
    Get the recipe for sweet noodle kugel at Aggie's Kitchen
    Image Credit: Aggie's Kitchen
  • Matzo Ball Soup 8 of 13
    Matzo Ball Soup
    What better way to start your Rosh Hashanah feast than with a lovely bowl of comforting, hearty soup.
    Make your own matzo ball soup
  • Pumpkin Challah 9 of 13
    Pumpkin Challah
    Make sure to braid this into a round Challah to signify the cycle of the new year. And this recipe is extra sweet and delicious with a blend of pumkin and maple syrup flavors!
    Make your own pumpkin challah
  • Bubbes Chicken 10 of 13
    Bubbes Chicken
    This chicken will remind you of the one your grandmother used to make, giving you a warm and cozy feeling from childhood! And if you're kosher, you can alter the recipe by skipping the butter, doubling the olive oil, and adding a pinch of salt.
    Make your own bubbes chicken
  • Curried Sweet Potato Latkes 11 of 13
    Curried Sweet Potato Latkes
    If you want to mix up the traditional potato latka this is the recipe to do it. Sweet potatoes pair deliciously with brisket, and with the addition of curry, it's sure to be a crowd pleaser.
    Make your own curried sweet potato latkes
  • Sufganiyot 12 of 13
    Mmmm, jelly-filled donuts. This traditional dish usually served during Hannukkah can make for an extra sweet treat to ring in the
    new year with.
    Make your own sufganiyot
  • Apples and Honey 13 of 13
    Apples and Honey
    This is a very traditional Rosh Hashanah dish and is said to signify a sweet new year. I'll take that. I'll also take the simplicity of making this tasty treat.
    Get the recipe for apples and honey at Diana's Desserts
    Image Credit: Diana's Desserts

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