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What to Make This Rosh Hashanah

September 26, 2011 • 18 Comments

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Rosh Hashanah starts Wednesday, and we're confronted with a question so old it might as well be part of the tradition -- what to make? But just because the predicament is age-old, doesn't mean the menu has to be.

Here are 12 fresh and festive ways to usher in the sweetness of the New Year -- from honey-kissed short ribs to the perfect applesauce cake.

Applesauce Cake with Caramel Glaze by merrill

Applesauce Cake with Caramel Glaze

 

Short Ribs with Beer and Buckwheat Honey by merrill

Short Ribs with Beer and Buckwheat Honey

 

Sweet Potatoes Anna with Prunes by mrsp

Sweet Potatoes Anna with Prunes

 

Apples Baked in Cider by sally

Apples Baked in Cider

 

Cool Rise Challah by Bria

Cool Rise Challah

 

Chicken with Figs, Wine, and Honey by eatboutique

Chicken with Figs, Wine, and Honey

 

Rustic French Honey Cake by thirschfeld

Rustic French Honey Cake

 

Savory Noodle Kugel by thirschfeld

Savory Noodle Kugel

 

Arugula, Pear, and Goat Cheese Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette by brigidc

Arugula, Pear, and Goat Cheese Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette

 

Crispy Delicata Rings with Currant, Fennel, and Apple Relish by ChezSuzanne

Crispy Delicata Rings with Currant, Fennel, and Apple Relish

 

The Perfect Apple Cake by Becky

The Perfect Apple Cake

 

Ruggelach by deensiebat

Ruggelach

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about 3 years ago NanciKnits

This comment is directed to Kmucci- You replied as a follow up to my comment. I agree that the post was thoughtful and well done. Your response to mehowever, ignores the comments of the reader and was simply a defense of what is your obvious hard work. I LOVE Food52, but in this situation you missed the mark in a couple of ways. I respectfully let you know my opinion. Do your homework before you post and it will benefit both the website and it's readership. Wish you had responded rather than defended.

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about 3 years ago PKR

Just a note that brisket is a common holiday dish because rather than a luxury item, it used to be a very cheap cut of meat and that's why it was popular with our 'peasant' ancestors. Having said that, there's nothing to say that it's a must have on every Rosh Hashana table.

Chag sameach

Junechamp

about 3 years ago ChefJune

June is a trusted source on General Cooking.

That Applesauce Cake is so beautiful and appetizing. Wish I had not already made dessert for tomorrow night.

Kandm

about 3 years ago Kristy Mucci

Kristy is an expert at making things pretty and a former Associate Editor of Food52.

It's never too late for applesauce cake! It's a marvelous breakfast treat!

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about 3 years ago latoscana

Folks,
The range of Jewish holiday traditions and preferences is joyously diverse. There are the obvious distinctions between Ashkenazi and Sephardic traditions, which are further delineated into culinary micro-customs based on country of origin, even at the level of the shtetl and family. Additionally, these are the cuisines of impoverished people - I am sure that for many of our ancestors, a brisket would have been an unheard of luxury. In the US, the plentiful table has provided us with options unimaginable in the past. And inventive cooks have adapted their recipes to local customs, incorporating pecans in the southern states and chiles in the western areas. This year, why not try some new dishes along with your family favorites?

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about 3 years ago NanciKnits

I've been checking your website for a week, looking for resipes for Roshashana. Next year, please post recipes a week before the holiday, not the day it begins. People need time to plan and shop. Yes, challah for the new year is in a round shape.

As far as speculating about the religious background of readers, you should do a little research into the food customs of Jews when planning a Jewish Holiday article and suggestions.

Food52 is still my favorite food website though.. L'Shana Tova.

Kandm

about 3 years ago Kristy Mucci

Kristy is an expert at making things pretty and a former Associate Editor of Food52.

This roundup was published on the 26th. If I'm not mistaken, the holiday started at sundown on the 28th. I think this post was very well done and thoughtfully put together given the tested and photographed recipes there were/are to choose from.

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about 3 years ago CandaceKaru

I want to cook my way through this post! Everything looks amazing...especially the Shortribs. Can't wait to try them.

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about 3 years ago latoscana

Sweet potatoes with prunes - perfect!

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about 3 years ago BlueKaleRoad

Some terrific ideas for my menu this week!

Stringio

about 3 years ago ChefsWife2

But not one brisket? Really?

Junechamp

about 3 years ago ChefJune

June is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I wonder how many Jews are on staff at food52. Even one would know brisket is THE meat for Ashenazi Jews for Rosh Hashanah.

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about 3 years ago Food52

This is from your friendly editors at Food52.

We don't see any reason to speculate about the religious backgrounds of our staff or anyone on the site. The reason we didn't include a brisket is simple: we don't yet have a photographed and tested recipe on Food52 -- but the short ribs recipe could easily be adapted to brisket (and would be delicious!). Likewise, the challah could be baked in a round shape during this time of the year.

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about 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Gee. I'm Jewish and I didn't know about brisket or round challahs.

Junechamp

about 3 years ago ChefJune

June is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Challah for Rosh Hashanah is traditionally baked in a round coil, a symbol of the continuum of life.

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about 3 years ago jwlucas

That is one sexy little rugelach. Yum.

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about 3 years ago BonEllen

I've made that ruggelach recipe, and it totally rocks!!

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about 3 years ago EmilyC

Oh man, I always love these compilations but this one is amazing. Every single thing looks so delicious.