20 Rosh Hashanah Recipes for a Sweet New Year

September 14, 2015

Forget 2016 (that's so far away!)—get ready to party like it's 5776. This week, the shofar is sounding and the Jewish year is changing from 5775 to 5776. Honey bottles will be emptied, apples sliced, cakes baked, and bottles of Manischewitz drained.

Celebrate the new year with traditional Rosh Hashanah foods—beets, fish heads, pomegranates, carrots, leeks, dates, and, of course, apple cake—or show off your alternative side with something more New Age and fusion-y. And even if you aren't celebrating the holiday, these first bright fall days are reason enough to invite your friends over, cook dishes you missed over the summer, and reflect on the past year.

Bright Red Beet Hummus by Nicholas Day

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Nach Waxman's Brisket of Beef by Genius Recipes


Farro with Roasted Sweet Potato, Kale, and Pomegranate Seeds by Ann S


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


Sweet and Savory Brisket by Cara Nicoletti



Buttery Braised Leeks with Crispy Panko Topping by amber wilson | for the love of the south


Roasted Carrots with Mustard Greens and Gremolata by EmilyC


James Peterson's Baked Fish Fillets with Butter and Sherry by Genius Recipes


Winter Panzanella with Orange, Roasted Beets, and Pomegranate Seeds by Ann S


Butternut Squash and Cider Soup by Amanda Hesser


Smoked Trout Pâté by healthierkitchen


Colorful Carrots with Butter and Honey by AliceWaters



Jessica Fechtor's Five-Fold Challah by Genius Recipes



Heavenly Apple Cake by Veronica

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Rustic Honey Cake by thirschfeld


Pumpkin Rugelach with Sage and Walnuts by arielleclementine


Teddie's Apple Cake by Genius Recipes 


Spiced Pomegranate and Orange Caramels by kangarhubarb


Joan Nathan's Chosen Challah by Joan Nathan



Marian Burros' Plum Torte by Merrill Stubbs

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L'shanah tova! Any new year's resolutions?

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Written by: Sarah Jampel

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Bevi September 14, 2015
This is our go to recipe:
Ahana S. November 20, 2014
I just love the apple cake. How come I could never find it before. This is just lovely and what's best is that all my family liked it. Added to the list of my New Year menu.
Nanci B. September 21, 2014
I am so happy to add a lot of your recipes to my traditional ones that I always serve this time of year- love Food52 for so many reasons. This is just one- finding all these wonderful recipes for the Jewish New Year! Thanks for the delicious offerings! I have made so many Food52 recipes, all enjoyed by everyone I served them to, and I look forward to doing that with these new recipes too! Thanks for inspiring us to bring great things to the table for all to enjoy!!
Carole S. September 21, 2014
Loved this entire post and printed out twelve of the recipes to put into my binder cookbooks. Cannot be bothered dealing with pomegranate, tho' I guess I could buy juice. It has sugar, however, doesn't it?
creamtea September 17, 2014
I love the fact that you included 18 recipes--(18 being considered a meaningful number)--very thoughtful! A Happy and Sweet New Year!
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Sarah J. September 17, 2014
I'm so glad you noticed!!!
Talia R. September 17, 2014