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Rosh Hashanah Recipes For a Sweet New Year

Sep 24 2014 - 9:39am

For Jewish people all over the world, Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is a special time of new beginnings and rebirth. Other than attending synagogue for the High Holidays, there's one major tradition that Jews all over the globe share: the Rosh Hashanah dinner. Family and friends gather for a delicious feast to celebrate and pray for a sweet New Year. Whether you're a seasoned diner at these events or you're going to your very first Rosh Hashanah meal, here are some great recipes to help get the New Year kicked off right!

— Additional reporting by Nicole Perry

Photos: Anna Monette Roberts, Nicole Perry, Sabrina H Eldredge, Lauren Hendrickson

Spicy Marinated Olives

Start off the meal with a bowl of spicy marinated olives [1].

Photo: Camilla Salem

White Bean and Rosemary Dip

White bean dip with rosemary [2] is the right blend of rusticity, wholesomeness, convenience, and, of course, deliciousness.

Photo: Susannah Chen

Honeyed French 75

Pair your first bites with a cocktail, like this honeyed take on a French 75 [3].

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Break bread with eggy challah bread, whether it be a basketful of adorable braided rolls [4], a classic, pared-down version [5], a rich peanut butter and chocolate studded loaf [6], or a dessert-ready cinnamon-swirled option [7]. Fear not: braiding challah dough [8] isn't as hard as it looks.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Potato Pancakes

These indulgent potato pancakes [9] (they're fried in duck fat!) are a stellar way to kick off celebratory meals all season long.

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Matzo Ball Soup

Dish up a bowl of liquid comfort, also known as matzo ball soup. Watch the video to see how the famed Carnegie Deli makes its version, then print out the recipe [10].

Brussels Sprouts Salad

Brussels sprouts [11], maple syrup, and dried cranberries come together in an Autumnal salad.

Photo: Susannah Chen

Braised Beef Brisket

A flavorful braised beef brisket [12] is sure to delight everyone at your table.

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Sweet Potatoes With Honey

One ingredient that plays a recurring role in Rosh Hashanah is honey, which symbolizes sweetness for the New Year. Enjoy Tyler Florence's recipe for sweet potatoes with honey [13].

Photo: Susannah Chen

Glazed Carrots

A sweet and simple side: carrot sticks [14] glazed with pomegranate, balsamic vinegar, and, of course, honey.

Photo: Lauren Hendrickson

Apple Challah

Keep with tradition and serve up a round apple-studded challah [15] as a sweet end to your Rosh Hashanah meal.

Photo: Rebecca Gruber

Noodle Kugel

Sweet, tangy, and studded with Fall flavors — dried cranberries and pecans — this noodle kugel [16] proves addictive.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Apple Date Muffincakes

Apples and dates, two foods that play a role in the Jewish New Year, appear together in this cinnamon-flecked muffincake [17].

Photo: Sabrina H Eldredge

Cherry-Almond Rugelach

Need a break from all those traditional apple and honey sweets? Cherry-almond rugelach [18] is a perennial favorite.

Photo: Nicole Perry

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