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
Spicy Marinated Olives
Start off the meal with a bowl of spicy marinated olives .
Whipped Honey Ricotta Crostini With Pomegranate
Not one, but two symbolic foods — honey and pomegranate arils — make an appearance in this easy crostini recipe .
Honeyed French 75
One ingredient that plays a recurring role in Rosh Hashanah is honey, which symbolizes sweetness for the new year. Toast to that with a honeyed take on a French 75 .
Break bread with eggy challah bread, whether it be a basketful of adorable braided rolls ; a classic, pared-down version ; a rich loaf studded with peanut butter and chocolate ; or a dessert-ready cinnamon-swirled option . Fear not: braiding challah dough  isn't as hard as it looks.
These indulgent potato pancakes  (they're fried in duck fat!) are a stellar way to kick off celebratory meals all season long.
Brussels Sprouts Salad With Pomegranates and Walnuts
Brussels sprouts , pomegranate arils, and walnuts come together in this autumnal salad.
Braised Beef Brisket
A flavorful braised beef brisket  is sure to delight everyone at your table.
Twice-Cooked Sweet Potatoes With Honey
Toss these twice-cooked sweet potatoes  in honey instead of brown sugar for a Rosh Hashanah-approved take.
For an unexpected update to a classic, make spiralized tzimmes .
A sweet and simple side: carrot sticks  glazed with pomegranate, balsamic vinegar, and, of course, honey.
It doesn't get much more traditional than honey cake .
Sweet, tangy, and studded with Fall flavors — dried cranberries and pecans — this noodle kugel  proves addictive.
Keep with tradition and serve up a round apple-studded challah  as a sweet end to your Rosh Hashanah meal.
Apple Date Muffincakes
Apples and dates, two foods that play a role in the Jewish New Year, appear together in this cinnamon-flecked muffincake .
Need a break from all those traditional apple and honey sweets? Cherry-almond rugelach  is a perennial favorite.