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Rosh Hashanah Menu – 33 Recipe Ideas (2023)

We update this list every year to help make your celebration delicious.

We’re sharing lots of delicious recipes for your fall Rosh Hashanah menu – appetizers, main dishes, side dishes and desserts – most are make-ahead and many are quick and easy.

Rosh Hashanah, an important Jewish holiday (referred to as one of the high holidays), is a time of reflection and a time to usher in a sweet new year. This is where the food part comes in. Big job if you’re hosting a dinner!

collage of 8 rosh hashanah recipes

Many families stick to traditional fare. Some (like me), like to change it up, tweaking one or two of the traditional recipes or adding a couple of new ones.

One menu idea: One of my favorite main dishes is the apricot chicken because it’s easy and popular with everyone including kids. We often serve two main dishes to give people choices and cater to the various dietary needs of the group. Potato knishes are a must for us too. And apples dipped in honey.

Most of the recipes below are make ahead (at least partially) to help take the stress off the host.

Shanah Tova (Happy New Year) to those who celebrate the Jewish New Year!

Traditional Rosh Hashanah Foods

Every family has its own food traditions for Rosh Hashanah, either passed down for generations or based on symbolic ingredients.

Menus vary widely, but you will often find chicken soup, gefilte fish, roast chicken, braised brisket, noodle kugel and honey or apple cake on a Rosh Hashanah table.

Several symbolic foods are often served for this special occasion as well:

  • apples dipped in honey symbolizing a sweet new year (very popular!)
  • round challah (egg bread) sweetened with raisins or honey, often in a round shape to symbolize the continuous cycle of life
  • tzimmes, a sweet vegetable/fruit dish. Carrots, a key ingredient in tzimmes, symbolize ‘hope’ for increased blessings in the coming year.
  • pomegranate seeds are said to symbolize good deeds and are often served as a “new fruit” to taste the newness of the year.
  • a fish head is sometimes placed on the table to symbolize the ‘ head of the year ‘ which is the literal translation of Rosh Hashanah.

Recipes

Here are a few of our favorite Rosh Hashanah recipes to choose from.

Appetizers

Dukkah (a Unique Appetizer in 10 Minutes)

Ground nuts, seeds and spices make an incredible appetizer "dip" served with bread and olive oil. Your guests will rave about this delicious Dukkah recipe. 
Vegetarian, 30 minutes, Make Ahead, Shortcut
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Avocado Appetizers on Crostini With Pizzazz

Here's a tasty, popular avocado appetizer on crostini to add to your menu. We top it with tomatoes and a balsamic drizzle to boost flavor and pizzazz. Just 12 minutes.
Vegetarian, Under 30 minutes, Shortcut
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Red Pepper Sauce and Dip (5 Minutes)

bowl of red pepper sauce with basil beside it.
Get a bit of zip, texture, gorgeous color and a ton of flavor in this versatile roasted red pepper sauce or dip. It takes just 5 minutes, a few ingredients and a food processor or blender to make the magic happen.
Vegetarian, Shortcut, 5 minutes.
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Homemade Chicken Soup

There's something about chicken soup – I mean a good homemade chicken soup recipe from scratch – that's special. I've been making it forever as did my mother and my grandmother. It's nourishing, comforting and a must for Jewish holidays in our home.
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Need more vegetarian appetizers ideas? Check out our 20 vegetarian appetizers (and serving tips).

Main Course Recipes

Best Sous Vide Brisket (With Maple Soy Apricot Sauce)

sliced and glazed maple soy brisket on plate with pea shoots around it.
Prepare to be wowed with this tender, moist sous vide brisket in a delicious maple, soy and apricot sauce. The cooking time is long but worth it. And it's a great make-ahead recipe for Rosh Hashanah or anytime.
Make ahead
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Canadian Maple Cedar Plank Salmon

This rich, mildly smoky Canadian Maple Cedar Plank Salmon is glazed with maple syrup, balsamic, grainy mustard, butter & garlic.  Easy and mouthwatering! I sometimes serve this as an appetizer, cut into small chunks. So good!
Make Ahead, 30 Minutes
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Apricot Chicken (Easy Semi-Homemade)

glazed apricot chicken on plate
Sticky, sweet and tangy deliciousness! This Apricot Chicken recipe is a semi-homemade and much better version of that old recipe with onion soup, jam and Catalina dressing. Everyone loves it.
Make ahead, shortcut
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Reverse Sear Prime Rib (Mouthwatering)

sliced prime rib roast on cutting board
This classic prime rib recipe uses the reverse-sear method to create mouth watering, medium-rare meat throughout the entire roast. It doesn't get better than that. A special splurge for the holiday.
Make ahead
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Simple Herb Stuffed Salmon Recipe

fillet of salmon with roasted with herbs on plate with lemon
This herb stuffed salmon recipe is infused with green herbs, lemon and wine to create a delicious main dish. Succulent, healthy and ready in 20 minutes. This is a lovely second main dish for those who don't eat meat.
Make ahead, under 30 minutes
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Citrus Chicken with Carrots, Prunes and Pistachios

company chicken breast with carrots citrus and pistachios with broccoli on plate.
This company chicken with citrus, carrots, prunes & pistachios is a treat for the eyes, taste buds and cook (make-ahead). The flavors blend beautifully. Gorgeous presentation. And perfect for a sweet New Year,
Make ahead
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Vegetable Strudel in Puff Pastry

vegetarian strudel on plate f
This vegetable strudel recipe wraps a savory filling of sweet potatoes, onion, peppers, apple, spinach & goat cheese in a flaky puff pastry. It’s a wonderful main or side dish for a special occasion. It's a great option for vegetarians at your table. You can leave out the goat cheese if necessary.
Make Ahead, Vegetarian, Shortcut
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Homemade Peri Peri Chicken (Grilled or Baked)

finished peri peri chicken on cutting board with pineapple spears, peas and extra peri peri sauce.
Succulent peri peri chicken, inspired by Portuguese-African cuisine, is elevated to a whole new level with its tangy-spicy sauce. It's a must-try if you love bold and unique flavors. Make it as mild or as spicy as you like.
Make ahead, 30 minutes (plus marinating time), shortcuts
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How To Smoke A Brisket

smoked brisket on platter
How to smoke a brisket in a smoker includes all the best research, experience and tips by guest chef Bob to get you to a tender, mouth watering smoked brisket. We included a great shortcut and step by step instructions that even a novice can follow. 
Make waaaay ahead. A labor of love.
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Moroccan Chicken with Sweet Potatoes

moroccan chicken pieces in skillet with potatoes
Experience incredible aromas and juicy spiced Moroccan chicken with the most scrumptious sweet potato, prune, onion, garlic and apple medley ever. No special equipment needed. Lots of sweetness for the holiday.
Make ahead
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Balsamic Glazed Chicken

pieces of balsamic chicken on plate with green onion garnish
With just 6 ingredients, balsamic glazed chicken is a simple family meal.  Sweet, tangy, delicious chicken. 
Make ahead
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Bone-In Turkey Breast with Pear Chutney

sliced turkey breast with pear chutney on board
A simple roasted bone-in turkey breast with pear chutney makes for a surprisingly no-fuss, healthy and delicious holiday dinner.
Make ahead, shortcut
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Easy Sous Vide Chicken Breast (Citrus Glazed)

sliced citrus glazed chicken breast over cauliflower rice with garnish.
This tender, juicy citrus glazed sous vide chicken breast recipe is bursting with flavor from a sweet, tangy glaze of maple syrup, orange, lemon and lime. Company worthy.
Make ahead, shortcut, options if no sous vide equipment.
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Easy Ground Chicken Meatballs (Sweet and Sour)

bowl of sweet and sour meatballs on table
Kids love these ground chicken meatballs in sweet and sour sauce. Adults do too 🙂. Soft, tender meatballs in sweet tangy sauce that only take 10-15 minutes to prep with a few simple ingredients in one pot. I make these for the holiday to serve along with 1-2 other main dishes.
Make ahead.
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Side Dishes

Super Easy Potato Knishes Recipe

pile of potato knishes on cutting board f
These easy potato knishes are flaky and melt-in-your-mouth despite the shortcuts that cut the recipe time in half. A great appetizer or side dish. Don't count on leftovers
Make ahead, Vegetarian, Shortcut
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Roasted Glazed Carrot Tzimmes

roasted glazed carrots tzimmes on plate
A perfect side for Rosh Hashanah or any feast, Roasted Glazed Carrot Tzimmes fuses the delicious, rich flavors of balsamic, maple, orange juice & cinnamon. 
Make ahead, Vegetarian
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Pearl Couscous Recipe with Vegetables and Apricots

finished pearl couscous and vegetables in bowl
Smoky spices with a touch of sweetness and healthy veggies make this pearl couscous recipe with vegetables and apricots a versatile side dish and delicious comfort food.
Make ahead, vegetarian, under 30 minutes
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Oven Roasted Vegetable Recipe

roasted vegetables in round dish
This oven roasted vegetables recipe is simple comfort food. Sweet potatoes, peppers, eggplant, apples and rosemary create a delicious side dish. Not to mention healthy and colorful. And never mind that an apple is not a vegetable. It works perfectly. 
Make ahead, Vegetarian
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Best Green Bean Recipe with Panko Crumbs

 If you're looking for a vibrant, colorful, make-ahead side dish with classic flavors and some good crunch, try our green beans with lemon garlic panko crumbs. Serve hot or at room temperature.
Make ahead, vegetarian, under 30 minutes
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Roasted Vegetable Salad With Quinoa (3 sides in 1)

tossed roasted vegetable and quinoa salad in bowl.
We love this Party Salad with Grilled Vegetables and Quinoa, loaded with eggplant, corn, peppers and maple-balsamic dressing. Three sides in one colorful dish.
Make ahead, Vegetarian
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Fig Salad With Pomegranate Seeds & Balsamic Dressing

fig salad in bowl with pomegranates and avocado and goat cheese on top.
This pretty fig salad with pomegranate seeds (a symbolic ingredient for Rosh Hashanah) and balsamic dressing is a festive addition to this holiday event.
Make ahead, under 30 minutes, vegetarian
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Quinoa Avocado Salad with Roasted Carrots and Beets

quinoa avocado salad with roasted carrots and beets on white plate.
This red quinoa salad is loaded with super healthy greens, roasted carrots and beets, topped with avocado and a delicious orange-balsamic dressing.
Make Ahead, Vegetarian, Shortcuts
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Knish Recipe with Root Vegetable Mash

root vegetable mash knishes piled on plate.
This knish recipe is filled with a delicious root vegetable mash, wrapped in a golden flaky puff pastry (store-bought – shh). Melt in your mouth and really easy. A great make ahead side dish or appetizer.
Make Ahead, Vegetarian, Shortcut
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Beetroot Salad With Oranges

beetroot salad with citrus fruit and goat cheese on white plate
Fresh, bright and pretty. This Beet, Orange and Goat Cheese Salad is easy to put together and looks beautiful on the table.
Make Ahead, Vegetarian, Under 30 minutes with Shortcut
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Tomato and Onion Salad

This sweet, tangy Marinated Tomato Salad with homemade Catalina dressing creates a colorful side dish even when tomatoes are not at their best.
Make Ahead, Under 30 minutes, Vegetarian, Shortcut
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Peach Chutney (30 minutes)

Peach chutney is a perfect condiment for brisket, turkey, chicken, lamb, pork and Indian curries. Even cheese and sandwiches. Sweet and tangy, warmly spiced and loaded with fresh peaches. Delicious with chicken or brisket.
Make Ahead, Under 30 minutes, Vegetarian, Shortcut.
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Maple Glazed Carrots With Thyme and Orange Zest

maple glazed carrots on round white plate.
A fresh bunch of carrots roasted with honey and thyme, and garnished with orange zest, make these roasted honey glazed carrots irresistible. A simple and easy jazzed-up side dish.
Vegetarian, Make Ahead, 30 minutes, Shortcut
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Crispy Oven Roasted Potatoes (Exceptional!)

roasted potatoes with parsley garnish on plate.
Crispy Oven Roasted Potatoes are soft and creamy inside, crispy and golden outside. The two step cooking method takes a bit longer, but it's worth it. They're that good!
Vegetarian, Make Ahead
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Quinoa and Glazed Butternut Squash Salad

quinoa butternut squash salad on plate
Simple, hearty and healthy, Quinoa and Glazed Butternut Squash salad with spinach, cranberries and toasted sesame seeds is a delicious vegetarian main dish or side.
Vegetarian, Make Ahead, Shortcut
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Butternut Squash Salad with Warm Cinnamon Dressing

butternut squash salad with caramelized onions over greens on plate.
Beautiful, delicious and satisfying as a vegetarian main or side, butternut squash salad with caramelized onions, toasted pecans and warm cinnamon dressing will get rave reviews at your holiday event.
Make Ahead, Vegetarian, Shortcut
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Desserts

Sweet foods for a sweet year.

Moist Apple Cinnamon Cake with Bourbon Caramel Sauce

apple cinnamon cake beside vanilla ice cream with caramel bourbon drizzle.
This moist apple cake recipe is a wonderful celebration of Fall. The cake is delicious on its own, but a real standout with a drizzle of silky bourbon caramel sauce.
Make Ahead, Vegetarian
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Peach Crumble With Oats

This easy and popular peach crumble with oats is versatile, classic and delicious. Make it with ripe summer peaches or any other fruit combination. 
Make ahead, Vegetarian
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Puff Pastry Apple Tart (30 minutes)

puff pastry apple tart inverted on plate
Whip up this puff pastry apple tart for a weeknight or weekend dessert. Simple and delicious. Just apples, puff pastry, butter and brown sugar (ok, ice cream too).
Vegetarian, Make Ahead, Under 30 minutes, Shortcut
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Orange Polenta Cake (gluten free)

orange polenta cake on a plate with a slice carved out
This delicious golden gluten-free Orange Polenta Cake is moist, rich and bursting with zesty orange flavor. It's easy to make as it has no layers, no filling and no icing. 
Make Ahead, Vegetarian, Gluten Free
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White Chocolate Brownies with Raspberry Glaze

The classic marriage of raspberry and white chocolate work beautifully in these rich, moist, fudgy white chocolate brownies topped with a sweet-tart raspberry glaze. A nice little indulgence.
Make ahead
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Chocolate Rice Crispy Treats

Loaded with chocolate, nuts and raisins, these no-bake chocolate rice crispy treats are your answer to that after-dinner chocolate craving. Rich, chewy, crunchy, nutty, chocolate-y deliciousness. Just 10 minutes of hands-on time to prepare.
Make Ahead, Vegetarian Under 30 minutes (plus chill time).
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Apple and Blueberry Crumble

apple blueberry crumble in single dish with vanilla ice cream
Enjoy this fresh apple and blueberry crumble, loaded with apples and blueberries, and covered in a sweet, crispy, buttery, cinnamon-y topping. Delish! Just 12 minutes prep.
Vegetarian, Make Ahead
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Hosting Tips

Here are a couple of tips to make hosting easier:

Hope you found some good Rosh Hashanah menu ideas. To enjoy the holiday and your guests, hosts should keep it simple, assign guests some potluck dishes and make dishes ahead where possible.

Shanah Tova (Happy New Year) to those who celebrate the Jewish New Year!

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