Recipes for Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the Jewish New Year and the first of the religion's autumnal High Holy Days. It's a time to pause and absorb the simple pleasures of family, and, of course, to feast. Slowly braised dishes embrace the meditative nature of the holiday, while crisp fall apples in a variety of desserts and sides conjure the sweetness of the year to come. You'll also find lots of fish, which serves as a symbol of blessings to come. And there's always plenty of challah on the table. Scroll down for more of our favorite Rosh Hashanah recipes.

Galilee-Style Whole Fried Fish

Galilee-Style Whole Fried Fish
Before frying fish, Bishara gently rubs their skin and inner cavities with salt, then rinses. This trick seasons and cleans the fish, readying them for dredging. Get the recipe for Galilee-Style Whole Fried Fish »Ted Cavanaugh

Brussels Sprouts with Horseradish and Pomegranate

Brussels Sprouts with Horseradish and Pomegranate
The caramelized brussels sprouts are garnished with sweet pomegranate seeds and tossed with horseradish to give this dish a kick. Get the recipe for Brussels Sprouts with Horseradish and Pomegranate »Andre Baranowski

Lentil Salad with Beets and Pomegranate

Lentil Salad with Beets and Pomegranate
Packed full of glowing winter produce—sweet roasted beets, tart pomegranate seeds—this lentil salad makes a colorful addition to the winter table. Pair it with chicken, beef, lamb, or fish, or serve it as a vegetarian main; it's hearty enough to stand on its own. Get the recipe for Lentil Salad with Beets and Pomegranate »Farideh Sadeghin

Robiola-Stuffed Figs with Pomegranate

Robiola-Stuffed Figs with Pomegranate
Pungent Robiola cheese can be substituted with brie, ricotta, or any other soft cheese in this simple no-cook appetizer. Get the recipe for Robiola-Stuffed Figs with Pomegranate »Maxime Iattoni

Kale and Apple Salad

Kale and Apple Salad
Crunchy cashews coated with maple syrup and sesame seeds, and a boldly piquant dressing of Shanxi vinegar, add texture and verve to the classic kale salad from chef Cara Stadler of Tao Yuan in Brunswick, Maine. This vinaigrette is sharper than most, so if you prefer less acidity, add up to 1/4 cup more vegetable oil. Get the recipe for Kale and Apple Salad »Matt Taylor-Gross

Apple, Celeriac, and Carrot Salad

Apple, Celeriac, and Carrot Salad
This simple salad is lighter and more modern compared to traditionally heavy Norman dishes. It pairs crisp celery root—a vegetable grown in abundance in the region—with raw apples. Get the recipe for Apple, Celeriac, and Carrot Salad »Matt Taylor-Gross

Nanny's Rosh Hashanah Apple Cake

Rosh Hashanah Apple Cake
With a streusel topping and pie-like dough, this Rosh Hashanah apple dessert is half cake, half pie. Get the recipe for Nanny's Rosh Hashanah Apple Cake »Matt Taylor-Gross

Carrot and Pistachio Salad

Carrot and Pistachio Salad
Carrots are roasted before being topped with crunchy pistachios and a sweet fig vinaigrette in a simple salad from Eli and Max Sussman's Classic Recipes for Modern People (Olive Press, 2015). Get the recipe for Carrot and Pistachio Salad »Matt Taylor-Gross

Apricot and Currant Chicken

Apricot and Currant Chicken
The apricots and currants used in this dish add just the right amount of sweetness. Get the recipe for Apricot and Currant Chicken »Farideh Sadeghin

Nana Nicky's Cholent

Cholent
In Jewish tradition, this hearty braise of beef or chicken, root vegetables, grains, and a lightly sweet sauce is slow-cooked overnight then eaten for lunch on the Sabbath. Today, many cooks prepare their cholent this way in a slow cooker. But if you are not observing the Sabbath, a quicker, stovetop cholent can be ready to eat in a few hours. Get the recipe for Nana Nicky's Cholent »Katherine Whittaker

Challah Knots

Challah Knots
Fluffy, brioche-like Challah rolls are traditionally served on Jewish holidays. During Rosh Hashanah, the top is sometimes brushed with honey. Get the recipe for Challah Knots »Todd Coleman

Lavender Honey Ice Cream

Lavender Honey Ice Cream
True miel de lavande, the honey from Provence produced by bees that feed primarily on lavender blossoms, imparts a creamy texture and distinctive flavor and scent to a simple ice cream. Get the recipe for Lavender Honey Ice Cream »Helen Rosner

Tzimmes (Root Vegetable Stew)

Tzimmes (Root Vegetable Stew)
Tender beef stew sweetened with honey and prunes is an autumn staple at Jewish holiday tables. Get the recipe for Tzimmes »Todd Coleman

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls (Holishkes)

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls (Holishkes)
Rolls of cabbage are stuffed with beef, covered in a tangy tomato-based sauce, and oven-braised until tender. Get the recipe for Stuffed Cabbage Rolls (Holishkes) »Todd Coleman

Maizes Zupa (Rye Bread Pudding) )

Maizes Zupa (Rye Bread Pudding)
A delicious way to use leftover rye bread, this sweet pudding enhances the bread's tangy flavor with the addition of spices and dried fruits. Get the recipe for Maizes Zupa »Todd Coleman

Savory Noodle Kugel )

Savory Noodle Kugel
Though typically a sweet casserole, noodle kugel can go savory, too—this version is flavored with garlic and onions. Get the recipe for Savory Noodle Kugel »Todd Coleman

Lekach (Honey Spice Cake)

Lekach (Honey Spice Cake)
Perfumed with honey and citrus, spiced cake made with honey is a classic at Jewish holiday tables. To make this recipe pareve for meat meals, replace the butter for greasing the pan with canola oil. Get the recipe for Lekach »Todd Coleman

Honey Chocolate Chip Cookies

Honey Chocolate Chip Cookies
When former Saveur.com editor Helen Rosner found herself snowed in with no brown sugar, she created a chocolate chip cookie made with honey as the sweetener. A deep, spicy honey like sourwood works best, though any honey will do. Get the recipe for Honey Chocolate Chip Cookies »Anna Stockwell

Plum Strudel

Plum Strudel
Plum preserves and walnuts are layered with pastry in a gooey, crumbly cake. Get the recipe for Plum Strudel »Todd Coleman

Rugelach (Cinnamon, Apricot, and Walnut Pastries)

Rugelach (Cinnamon, Apricot, and Walnut Pastries)
The recipe for these flaky crescent pastries was inspired by one from Karmela Balo, owner of the Cari Mama bakery in Budapest. Get the recipe for Rugelach (Cinnamon, Apricot, and Walnut Pastries) »Landon Nordeman

Beet and Walnut Salad

Beet and Walnut Salad
This classic room temperature salad pairs sweet roasted beats against the sharpness of creamy blue cheese, bridged by a sprinkled topping of toasted walnuts. Get the recipe for Beet and Walnut Salad »Ben Fink

Honey-Roasted Belgian Endives and Parsnips

Honey-Roasted Belgian Endives and Parsnips
Slightly bitter when raw, endives develop a complex sweetness when roasted. This seasonal recipe combines them with parsnips, drizzled with a sweet, grassy sauce of olive oil, butter, honey, and thyme. Get the recipe for Honey-Roasted Belgian Endives and Parsnips »Martin Brigdale

French Apple Tart

French Apple Tart
New York City chef and author Sara Moulton taught us how to make this beautiful tart. Get the recipe for French Apple Tart »Todd Coleman