Rosh Hashanah Menu Ideas

As Rosh Hashanah approaches, we contemplate the previous and upcoming year, and we also search for inspiring recipes, that incorporate sweetness and symbolic foods that represent goodness, health, and merit for a sweet New Year.

The recipes on this menu are centered around the symbolic foods or Simanym, such as squash, leek, beets, beans, carrots, dates, apples, honey, and pomegranate. Holidays and entertaining should be enjoyable, so I like to bring a meal together with healthy, fun, and easy recipes. I hope this year, as we celebrate family, and pray for better times ahead, you are able to be in and out of the kitchen in a pinch of thyme, with a festive meal to serve whoever is seated at your table.


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Butternut Squash Soup with Apple Croutons

Nothing says fall like autumn squash and fresh apples. This easy soup is the perfect appetizer on a brisk evening. It’s easy to whip up, healthy and full of autumn flavor! For an added autumn touch, I like to serve this butternut squash soup with homemade apple croutons – it’s easier than it sounds and really elevates the soup. The apples add a bit of crunch, and with sweetness from the maple syrup and a dash of heat from the cayenne, you have perfect fall croutons!

Rack of Lamb with Apple Chutney or Chimichurri Sauce with Leeks

Creating a gourmet meal doesn’t have to take all day. Lamb is a wonderful choice for a special occasion or when hosting a holiday feast, and can be cooked with delicious flavors in a short amount of time. In our home, we sometimes prefer to serve an entire rack of lamb, as it can be easily crusted, and looks lovely on a platter. You can also choose to carve it before serving.


Sweet & Smokey Texas Pulled Brisket

Everyone loves pulled brisket, and it’s easy to see why – tender shreds of meat piled high and mixed with a scrumptious barbecue sauce. This is one of my favorites – a sweet and smokey version with depth of flavor from the smoked paprika, chili powder, cumin, honey, and brown sugar. In this recipe, you are creating your own barbecue sauce , but it is so easy and worth the extra step – you can mix the sauce while the meat is searing. It’s fun to serve this pulled brisket in a large bowl with rolls and Sesame Cabbage Slaw for a winning pulled brisket sandwich station.

Chicken with Silan Sauce

Last year, while I was experimenting with new flavors to add to my chicken dishes, my good friend Elina Mosheyeva suggested that I try cooking with Silan sauce, an old fashioned natural sweetener made solely from dates. I know it sounds a little strange, and I was hesitant at first, but since she is right most of the time, I finally decided to try her method. Thanks to Elina, I have this amazing recipe to share with you. I don’t know if the best part about it is that it’s so delicious or that it is so fast and simple to prepare. This chicken is wonderful served over rice, with the sauce poured on top and cilantro sprinkled all over.

Rainbow Beets

This side dish is everything all together: delicious, beautiful, healthy, and easy! Just peel and cut the beets, add the 3 ingredients, and roast. As you toss and add to a serving plate, watch the beets’ colors merge to create stunning reds, oranges, and yellows.


Flame Grilled Summer Squash

Finally! A flavorful recipe to dress up that ordinary squash. To brighten the colors and bring the heat, I added paprika and cayenne, so I hope you like a bit of spice at your table.

Baked String Beans with Shallots

String beans are so universal. They go with almost any meal, and have the ability to be easy and delicious. When I want them to be extra yummy, I don’t steam or sauté. Instead, I make this throw-it-in-the-oven recipe. The caramelized shallots and spices make this a delicious (and quick) go-to side.

Maple Roasted Carrots

These carrots caramelize in the oven with pure maple syrup, which heightens their natural sweetness. Add just a pinch of spices to harmonize the flavors and create a delicious medley.

Autumn Salad with Honey Dijon Vinaigrette

This salad brings together fall flavors and textures with the apples, nuts, honey and apple cider vinegar. Serve at your next gathering as the weather cools, or with dinner for an extra crunch and vitamin C enriched addition to your meal.


Chocolate & Berry Board

Who says wooden serving boards are just for cheese & wine parties? Here, I repurpose the classic appetizer board for a lavish dessert display that comes together oh so quickly. Feel free to use your favorite berries, nuts, and chocolates. The more textures the better, but stick to just a few colors. I like the browns of chocolate and nuts, mixed with the pop of color from the berries and minty green. If you have homemade brownies, add a stack onto the board as well. This is the time to get creative! This dessert can also double as a centerpiece. It’s fun and beautiful to have it in the middle of the table for guests to look at.

Basket of Exotic New Fruit

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