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Your Rosh Hashana Menu

Your Rosh Hashana Menu

Recipe + wine roundup for the new year!

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Rosh Hashanah this year (Wed, 20 Sep - Friday, 22 Sep) flows right into shabbat making it a 3-day food-fest! But not to worry, we've got a whole batch of fresh recipes to share with you this year. 

If you're looking to try something—well, new—for the new year, why not try this tomato and basil challah variation from Shannon Sarna's new cookbook. For the first course, this baked gefilte fish terrine, or these poached gefilte quenelles are sure to be a a great palate-starter. Both are from the popular duo behind The Gefilteria. If you prefer salmon, this maple-glazed salmon recipe takes no more than 20 minutes! For the traditional chicken soup, you might like Joan Nathan's matzah ball soup recipe—courtesy of her 103-year-old mother! This recipe for Golda Meir's broth is, well, timeless, but if you're after something a little different, this Asian chicken soup with hints of ginger and soy might do the trick.

For the main course, this pomegranate and honey glazed chicken embraces the Rosh Hashanah fruits, as does this one-pan chicken wonder with rice-fruit stuffing. If you're going for a pot roast, this one is super easy and this one can be prepped the night before. If you're looking for a vegetarian option, this dish made from jicama fruit tastes surprisingly like brisket! These Israeli-style stuffed peppers will satisfy both ashkenazi and sefardi appetites, as will this one-pan Morrocan-inspired tzimmes chicken with saffron and white wine. This braised chicken inspired by Portugal’s Frango na Púcara requires more prep time but is well worth it.

This salad made from quinoa, dates, figs and pomegranate seeds showcases some of the Rosh Hashanah fruits, as does this hearty farro salad with leeks, squash and dates. Both are filling enough to double as sides as well. We can't forget the traditional tzimmes dish. For that our favorite is Ina Garten's (yes, the 'Barefoot Contessa' herself!) which includes prunes. (Her devil's food cake ain't half bad either, but we digress....) Back to the sides, there's also this delicious apple-pie kugel that tastes like autumn in a pie, or this caramelized onion and potato Sriracha kugel that is the perfect mix of spicy and sweet. 

The dessert options are endless, but some of our favorites include this tzimmes cake (tzimmes, but in a cake!) apple rosettes, (the most ascetic mini apple pies you ever did see!) and s'mores babka (your kids will love you!) Oh, and did we mention, Ina Garten's devil's food cake? That too. If you're looking for something not too sweet, this green chili and apple galette is very easy on the eyes and belly, and this chocolate cake with tahini frosting by Molly Yeh has long been one of the most popular dessert recipes on our site.

For your Rosh Hashanah bottle, our wine expert touts Chardonnay as the wine of the season. (It's apparenly the "apple and honey" of wine.) These are 5 bottles under $50 he recommends. If you prefer reds, here are 11 bottles that will pair well with your Rosh Hashanah menu. Because there can never really be too much wine at a family meal right?

This is just a taste (!) of our extensive recipe collection, click here for more recipes and here for wine recs. We'd love to hear from you. What are you making for the holidays? Comment below or chat with us on Facebook or Instagram. And if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us, we'd love to help!

Happy cooking, baking and sipping!

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