10 Great Rosh Hashanah RecipesKelly
Chag sameach! That’s “happy holiday” in Hebrew and it might come in handy, because tonight is the official beginning of the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah.
It is a gorgeous ancient celebration, signified by the blowing of a ram’s horn (shofar) to mark a 10-day period of introspection and contrition leading up to the fast of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. It is a time for feasting and family, loaded with customs.
For me it is a harbinger of autumn and one of my favorite days. Treats are consumed, particularly apples dipped in honey, because they are thought to signify a sweet year ahead. Here are Babble’s 10 best recipes for the Jewish New Year, whether you celebrate it religiously or just like to eat good food.
This delicacy is a specialty of Jewish grandmothers everywhere and, for those of you who are unfamiliar — very similar to Italian biscotti (mandel means almond and brot means bread in Yiddish). (via Babble)
2. Honey cake
Called lekach in Yiddish, this is a traditional Rosh Hashanah food that is excellent for breakfast, and that children love to both bake and eat. (via Babble)
This is a traditional Rosh Hashanah main course that’s homey, succulent, and great to serve a crowd. Here’s a slow-cooker version made with root beer. (via Babble)
4. Sweet Potato Mash
This is an incredibly simple side dish that offers the natural sweetness that is customary on Rosh Hashanah and that pairs beautifully with brisket. (via Babble)
In keeping with the sweet theme, many Jewish people like to eat donuts on Rosh Hashanah in hopes that they’ll bring a happy new year. (via Babble)
6. Apple Pancakes
Looking for something new to try with apples? Bake this gorgeous puffed apple pancake. (via Babble)
7. Chicken Soup with Quinoa
Chicken soup is the ideal first course for Rosh Hashanah dinner. If you’re looking for a matzoh ball soup alternative, try this one with quinoa. (via Babble)
8. White Bean Dip
Great appetizer idea: crudite with this white bean dip, which you can serve with warmed slices of pita bread or crunchy pita chips. (via Babble)
9. Carrot Ribbon Salad
This is a vibrant and healthy side dish. (Note: it contains dairy). (via Babble)
10. Hoisin-Glazed Salmon
For a different and modern main course, forget the roasts and try hoisin-glazed salmon. (via Babble)