A rectangular baking dish filled with roast chicken, lemon slices, and garlic cloves.
Kate Sears
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Honey Glazed Chicken with Garlic Confit

This simple roast chicken meal is made with chicken pieces that are basted with honey and balsamic vinegar, and then roasted in garlic confit with lemon slices. It's perfect for entertaining or special occasion meals.
A sliced piece of braised brisket with red wine and honey laying on a cutting board with a large knife and covered with braised onions.
Sang An
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Braised Brisket with Red Wine and Honey

This braised brisket with red wine and honey is sweet and tangy and fall-apart tender and so perfect it makes us go weak in the knees. And it’s a hunk of beef large enough to feed a crowd so it has that going for it, too.

I made this braised brisket today for our family Seder, and it was delicious. At serving time, we passed the reheated broth over the sliced brisket, which was delicious.

Easiest brisket I’ve ever made. My new go-to recipe. Thanks!!

beth s.
Pomegranate roasted beets with goat cheese on a large white serving plate, with a serving spoon.
Kristin Teig
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Pomegranate Roasted Beets with Goat Cheese

I like to serve this salad on a bed of lightly steamed beet greens because it’s a nice textural contrast, it looks really pretty, the greens are full of good nutrients that shouldn’t go to waste, and they're free! How many more reasons do you need?
Nine potato latkes with apple-date chutney and cinnamon sour cream on a wooden cutting board.
Sang An
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Potato Latkes with Apple-Date Chutney

These potato latkes are, per tradition, blissfully crisp outside, tender inside. And the wonderfulness doesn’t stop there. A dollop of sweet apple-date chutney takes the place of the usual applesauce and the requisite plain sour cream takes on a holiday lilt thanks to a pinch of ground cinnamon.

Potato latkes are a very subjective dish–everyone has their secret ingredient or step to make them come out crispy and yet soft on the inside. This recipe gets it all right.

It’s the first time I’ve used a recipe, and just like all the other recipes I’ve tried on this website–it’s a keeper. I plan on making these and two other latke recipes from this site for my holiday get-together get-together–who doesn’t like a party where everything is fried. Yum!

Toasted rounds of baguette topped with goat cheese and chopped pistachios with a dish of honey in the background.
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Goat Cheese with Honey

A beautifully made, straightforward dessert can be a lovely ending to a meal. While you're picking up some gorgeous goat cheese at the farmer's market, try some local honey to drizzle on top.
A small jar of apple jelly with a spoon in it.
Angie Zoobkoff
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Apple Jelly

This apple jelly works well on both sweet and savory dishes. Honey, earthy rosemary, sweet apples, and a bit of tanginess from lemon juice.

A beautiful apple jelly recipe with precise instructions. I doubled the recipe, and it came out perfect.

A sheet pan filled with roast chicken pieces, sweet potato chunks, dates, and a parsley garnish.
David Loftus
7 of 11

Roast Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Dates

This roast chicken with sweet potatoes and dates is worthy of a Rosh Hashanah celebration, but is just as welcome at your next casual gathering or Sunday supper.
A partially sliced loaf of challah on a wooden cutting board.
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This challah is a traditional Jewish bread made with yeast, flour, water, eggs, and oil, that’s perfect for the Sabbath, Rosh Hashanah, or any other special occasion.

This is the best challah recipe I’ve ever used. I’ve made A LOT of challah, but never have I achieved the springy, fluffy quality this one has!

I absolutely love it and will definitely be making it again. The outside had a nice firm texture–very pretty and dark–while the inside was light and soft. I loved it!!

A black skillet with figs in Port wine and a spoon on the side.
Frankie Frankeny
9 of 11

Figs in Port

These figs in Port wine, made with fresh figs, tawny port, sugar, and black peppercorns, is a simple, elegant summer dessert.
A slice of apple cake with a dollop of whipped cream on top.
Angie Zoobkoff
10 of 11

Apple Cake

This easy apple cake is made with a couple of crisp apples and a tangy buttermilk cake batter, giving it a lovely fresh apple flavor.

My 6-year-old son requested this delicious apple cake for his birthday! A family favorite!!

Three honey-ginger apple tarts on a white platter with 4 apples on the side.
Ngoc Minh Ngo
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Honey-Ginger Apple Tarts

Honey-ginger apple tarts are rustic perfection. Flaky pastry crust, wrapped around a sweet-tart filling. And then everything is sprinkled with crushed cinnamon-sugar walnuts. See? Absolute perfection.

Rosh Hashanah FAQs

What foods are traditionally eaten at Rosh Hashanah?

There are several traditional Rosh Hashanah foods that herald the beginning of the Jewish New Year and symbolize the hopes for a prosperous year ahead.

Apples and honey are two of the most common foods traditionally consumed during the holiday. They can be served in sweet or savory dishes and are often enjoyed by simply dipping apple slices in honey. Their sweetness is symbolic of hope for a good year.

Challah is also very popular during the holiday but is specifically baked into a round shape to symbolize the infinite cycle of years and seasons. It is frequently sweetened with apples or raisins.

Pomegranates are another sweet fruit consumed at Rosh Hashanah. They’re frequently eaten as the “new fruit,” which hasn’t been eaten yet in the year. The fruit’s many seeds symbolize good deeds and merits to perform and acquire in the upcoming year.

Are there any foods to avoid during rosh hashanah?

Some Jews avoid nuts during Rosh Hashanah, as the numerical value of the Hebrew word for walnuts (egozim) is the same as the word for sin. It is also believed that eating nuts can increase the production of phlegm, which can be disruptive to prayers.

Rosh Hashanah is celebrated with sweet foods for a sweet and prosperous year, so many avoid vinegary or bitter foods. Dairy and meat are not typically served at the same meal.

what does rosh Hashanah celebrate?

Rosh Hashanah celebrates the Jewish New Year. It’s held in September and lasts for two days. It’s celebrated by enjoying symbolic foods, such as apples, honey, and dates, engaging in prayer, and blowing the shofar horn.

We’ve given you a smattering of our favorites, but if you’re looking for more, check out our entire collection of Rosh Hashanah recipes.

About David Leite

I count myself lucky to have received three James Beard Awards for my writing as well as for Leite’s Culinaria. My work has also appeared in The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Saveur, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Yankee, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and more.

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