Rosh Hashanah

What to Make This Rosh Hashanah

September 26, 2011

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

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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



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NanciS September 29, 2011
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.
PKR September 28, 2011
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
ChefJune September 28, 2011
That Applesauce Cake is so beautiful and appetizing. Wish I had not already made dessert for tomorrow night.
Kristy M. September 28, 2011
It's never too late for applesauce cake! It's a marvelous breakfast treat!
latoscana September 28, 2011
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?
NanciS September 28, 2011
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.
Kristy M. September 28, 2011
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.
CandaceKaru September 28, 2011
I want to cook my way through this post! Everything looks amazing...especially the Shortribs. Can't wait to try them.
latoscana September 27, 2011
Sweet potatoes with prunes - perfect!
BlueKaleRoad September 27, 2011
Some terrific ideas for my menu this week!
ChefsWife2 September 27, 2011
But not one brisket? Really?
ChefJune September 27, 2011
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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Food52 September 28, 2011
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.
drbabs September 28, 2011
Gee. I'm Jewish and I didn't know about brisket or round challahs.
ChefJune September 26, 2011
Challah for Rosh Hashanah is traditionally baked in a round coil, a symbol of the continuum of life.
jwlucas September 26, 2011
That is one sexy little rugelach. Yum.
BonEllen September 26, 2011
I've made that ruggelach recipe, and it totally rocks!!
EmilyC September 26, 2011
Oh man, I always love these compilations but this one is amazing. Every single thing looks so delicious.