30 Rosh Hashanah Recipes for a Happy New Year

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Easy Rosh Hashanah recipes for an elegant holiday feast includes traditional flavors with plenty of apples and honey, pomegranate seeds, fresh leeks, and more. From appetizers and soups, to main dishes and sides, plus all the easy apple desserts you need for a memorable family meal.

The photo collage shows 4 Rosh Hashanah recipes including apricot chicken, apple bars, wild rice pilaf, and acorn squash with pomegranate seeds.

With Rosh Hashanah just around the corner, I know there's a special warmth that comes with celebrating with family.

I believe that if I want to show true Christian hospitality, it is important to honor special family moments my dear friends are celebrating even if it is not a holiday we share.

This list of delicious Rosh Hashanah menu ideas is my gift to the dear Jewish friends who are here looking for fresh recipe inspiration.

I hope it will help us all explore some easy Rosh Hashanah recipes that pay homage to this beautiful holiday.

From timeless honey-infused classics to fresh takes on beloved dishes, let's all enjoy the sweetness of life and the connections that bring us together, regardless of our faith.

May you have a good and sweet new year!

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Easy Rosh Hashanah Recipes for Your Menu

I've made sure to include both traditional recipes you might expect like challah bread and matzo ball soup with some modern twists that incorporate the classic flavors of the holiday like my wild rice pilaf with sweet carrots or sweet and sour cabbage soup.

Did I miss something your family loves? I'd love to know. Leave me a comment with your favorites, perhaps they'll find there way to this site down the road!

Challah Bread

While a traditional challah bread is formed into a braided loaf, beginner bakers will appreciate how easy this bread machine challah bread recipe is to bake.

You could add sweet raisins to the mix-in session of the bread maker if you would like.

Bread Machine Challah Bread
This challah bread loaf is the easiest homemade bread to enjoy for Hanukkah. The dough could be braided and then baked in the oven if you prefer, but the simple bread machine loaf is wonderful as well. This traditional Jewish egg bread makes absolutely amazing French toast and bread puddings as well.
4.65 from 48 votes
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A fresh baked challah loaf is in the bread machine pan cooling on a wire rack.

Matzo Ball Soup

Comfort food at its finest, our family adores this easy matzo ball soup recipe. My simple shortcuts will help the prep go faster so you can include this as a first course, side dish, or main dish.

Quick & Easy Matzo Ball Soup
This quick matzo ball soup is easy enough for a busy weeknight. Use a rotisserie chicken and get the soup simmering while the from-scratch matzo balls chill in the fridge. A wholesome dinner will be ready fast!
4.98 from 45 votes
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A bowl of homemade matzoh ball soup has a spoon showing the carrots and chicken while three matzoh balls float in the broth.

Chicken Pot Pie Soup with Fresh Leeks

Since leeks are a traditional food for Rosh Hashanah, you could make my delicious chicken pot pie soup with fresh leeks instead of the onion.

If you've never prepared them before, be sure to read about how to cut leeks.

Ina's Chicken Pot Pie Soup for the Real World
This budget-friendly version of Ina Garten's chicken pot pie soup recipe is easier to make and more affordable for real world families but still has all the amazing homemade flavor from the original.
4.34 from 3 votes
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A bowl of chicken pot pie soup has a croissant on the plate next to it.

Sweet and Sour Cabbage Soup

If you want to incorporate sweet and sour flavors to your menu, this big batch recipe for sweet and sour cabbage soup would make a great first course.

Sweet and Sour Cabbage Soup
This easy sweet and sour cabbage soup is a delicious meatless soup made with tons of fresh veggies and a rich and unique beef and tomato based broth. Sweetened with brown sugar and maple syrup and balanced with lots of fresh lemon juice for a fantastic sweet and sour flavor you'll love. Serve with warm, fresh bread for a healthy dinner and freeze the leftovers for a quick meal another time.
5 from 44 votes
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A white bowl of cabbage soup with a spoon on the side.

Honey Mustard Glazed Salmon

Salmon makes an elegant main dish for a holiday dinner and this honey mustard glazed salmon can be prepared on a large sheet pan under the oven broiler.

Just be sure to use a honey mustard instead of the whole grain mustard as called for in the recipe:

Broiled Mustard Glazed Salmon
Brush the mustard glaze over the salmon and broil it for a fast and easy fish dinner for your family even on a busy weeknight.
5 from 1 vote
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The salmon filet is coated in a brown sugar and mustard glaze and served on a white plate next to a bed of baby spinach.

Honey Garlic Chicken

Looking for a more savory way to incorporate honey? I love my sweet and sticky honey garlic chicken thighs.

You can marinate a big batch of them and bake them in large pans in the oven if you need to scale the recipe for a bigger family.

Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs
Prep this honey garlic chicken in 5 minutes for an easy oven baked dinner your family will love. Serve over rice or peanut butter noodles for a special treat.
4.98 from 47 votes
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A white plate has jasmine rice and a pile of honey garlic chicken thighs sprinkled with fresh green onions.

Apricot Chicken

Sweet and juicy apricot chicken is so delicious when served over an herb butter rice but it would pair very well with slices of challah bread on the side.

Instant Pot Apricot Chicken
This sweet and savory apricot chicken is fall-apart tender and a very easy weeknight dinner. Serve it over herb butter rice with the apricot sauce drizzled over the top.
5 from 35 votes
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A baking dish is filled with saucy apricot chicken sprinkled with fresh herbs.

Roast Chicken with Vegetables

My favorite roast chicken recipe has carrots and potatoes roasting below and a fresh lemon and thyme stuffed inside.

You could easily add some large chopped apples with the potatoes and carrots if you wanted to add some more sweetness.

How to Roast A Chicken
This juicy golden brown roast chicken is just a few minutes away from your dinner table. The buttery flavoring helps to season the perfectly tender roasted potatoes and carrots underneath the chicken as it cooks.
4.50 from 2 votes
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The roasted chicken sits on top of roasted vegetables in a round roasting pan.

Herb Butter Turkey

Need a show stopping roast for the holiday table? My herb butter turkey cooks to a golden finish.

Herb Butter Turkey
This delicious herb butter turkey is a perfect easy turkey recipe for beginner chefs. The combination of citrus, herbs, and butter make a juicy turkey with the most delicious turkey gravy ever!
5 from 40 votes
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A roasted turkey sits in a metal roasting pan, golden brown all over.

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Another fun alternative recipe to incorporate the sweet and sour flavor would be my sweet and sour meatballs made with your favorite frozen beef meatball.

Sweet and Sour Meatballs in the Crockpot
Classic cocktail meatballs keep warm on your buffet table for hours in the slowcooker. This wildly popular sweet and sour sauce is made from ketchup and grape jam but is elevated by a dash of hot sauce to keep it from being too sweet.
5 from 46 votes
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The white serving bowl is filled with sweet and sour meatballs in a rich glaze.

Carrot Apple Salad

My carrot apple salad tosses together fresh carrots and apples with purple cabbage for color. The dressing is vinegar based so if you prefer you could dress it with my honey mustard vinaigrette instead.

Carrot Apple Salad
Easy carrot apple salad is a vinegar based slaw that tastes amazing with savory barbecue dishes or grilled meats. Use it to top a pulled pork sandwich or spoon some over spicy barbecue chicken. This is a great side dish to bring to a potluck!
5 from 1 vote
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Colorful shredded cabbage, carrots, cilantro, and green onions are mixed in a bowl.

Apple Pear Salad

For a leafier green salad, my apple pear salad would be the perfect place to sprinkle some fresh pomegranate seeds.

Apple Pear Salad
This festive salad features sweet and crispy red and green fruits and toasted almonds with a mustard vinaigrette dressing. Perfect for serving for Christmas or Thanksgiving as a festive holiday salad.
4.96 from 47 votes
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A platter of prepared apple and pear salad.

Roasted Vegetables

Savory roasted broccoli and carrots is tossed with olive oil and seasonings. They would be a delicious side dish drizzled with just a touch of honey if you want to sweeten them up.

Roasted Broccoli and Carrots
This easy roasted vegetables side dish is perfect for serving alongside your favorite Italian pasta dishes or even tossing right into a pasta primavera.
5 from 1 vote
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A baking sheet is filled with roasted broccoli and carrots.

Acorn Squash with Apples

Use honey instead of maple syrup in my slow cooker acorn squash with apples and you've got an incredible side dish with traditional flavors.

Slow Cooker Acorn Squash with Apples and Raisins
This easy side dish is perfect for Thanksgiving or other fall dinners. Pop the acorn squash and apples into the crockpot and enjoy a sweet side dish with turkey or pork.
5 from 42 votes
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A sliced open acorn squash has been filled with red dried cranberries and a spoonful of brown sugar.

Sweet Potato Mash

Our favorite sweet potato mash with pineapple would pair perfectly with the herb butter turkey or roast chicken I mentioned above.

Sweet Potato Mash with Pineapple
These creamy mashed sweet potatoes have juicy chunks of fresh pineapple in the mix for a sweet and savory side dish to pair with spicy pork, barbecue chicken, or grilled fish.
5 from 1 vote
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The serving bowl is filled with the mashed sweet potatoes.

Dumpling Noodles

I'll be honest, I don't have a traditional kugel recipe to share with you. The closest thing I've got for your holiday menu is my buttered spaetzle noodles.

This egg-based dumpling noodle has a very similar chewy texture to kugel and can be prepped ahead.

Buttered Dumpling Noodles
This German spaetzle recipe is browned in butter and seasoned perfectly to pair with your favorite dinner dishes. Egg-based dumplings with a bit of herb flavor, they are delicious with schnitzel or sauerbraten.
4.98 from 47 votes
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A white bowl filled with homemade spaetzle sprinkled with parsley.

Wild Rice Pilaf

A wild rice pilaf is another great side dish for adding pomegranate seeds which will pair perfectly with the tender carrots and celery in the recipe.

Wild Rice Pilaf
This easy wild rice pilaf is the perfect holiday side dish for Easter or Christmas but would be right at home for a special dinner on a busy weeknight. Loaded with fresh vegetables and savory herbs, it is the perfect partner for turkey, ham, beef, or seafood.
5 from 49 votes
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A white bowl is filled with wild rice pilaf, chunks of carrots and celery are peeking out.

Crispy Wild Rice Salad

Or get the best of both worlds -- a green leafy salad mixed with warm crispy rice and roasted carrots! This crispy wild rice salad uses leftover wild rice, you could make many of the elements the day before.

Crispy Rice Salad
Next time you make rice for dinner, double the recipe for leftovers so you can make this delicious and simple salad for another meal.
5 from 1 vote
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A serving of crispy rice salad shows green lettuce, roasted carrots, fried wild rice in a white bowl.

Baked Feta with Honey

Whether you serve it as an appetizer or a side dish, my baked feta with honey pairs well with homemade crostini. Add fresh apples to the serving platter.

Baked Feta with Honey
Creamy baked feta with honey is an easy appetizer to serve with crostini or crispy wedges of pita. Pair it with fresh sliced peaches, blackberries, or even cubes of watermelon for a fresh snack board your friends will love.
5 from 2 votes
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The white baking dish has a golden brown square of baked feta with a sprig of fresh basil on top.

Homemade Applesauce

If you're serving a large roasted chicken or turkey, you might enjoy adding my easy microwave applesauce to the table as a side dish or condiment. It can be made with honey instead of the brown sugar and spiced with cinnamon.

Microwave Applesauce
This easy applesauce is made right in the microwave in just minutes. Mix in your favorite apple pie seasonings or simply use the brown sugar and cinnamon combination.
5 from 41 votes
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A serving of applesauce with a spoon.

Apple Bread for Bread Machines

If you're looking for a new bread to serve instead of the traditional challah braid, you could make this not-too-sweet apple bread in a bread machine and slice it for serving with your feast.

Apple Bread for Bread Machines
This easy apple bread is made from fresh apple cider and applesauce right in a bread maker for a fun fall bread. Slice a loaf to serve with a cozy soup or make amazing peanut butter toast.
5 from 45 votes
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A loaf of apple bread sits on a cutting board by a bread knife.

Fresh Apple Cake with Honey

While I do love the browned butter frosting on my fresh apple cake, you could easily skip it and just add a drizzle of honey when serving.

Fresh Apple Cake
This easy apple cake is bursting at the seams with fresh apples. It’s the perfect way to use your orchard haul this fall. Top it with nutty brown butter frosting or easy cream cheese frosting and chopped pecans for an amazing make-ahead Thanksgiving dessert.
5 from 40 votes
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A square slice of apple cake topped with soft frosting and pecans sits in front of the metal baking pan it came from. A bite is missing.

Apple Crumble Bars with Honey

We usually top my fresh apple crumble bars with salted caramel sauce but you could definitely use honey instead!

Apple Crumble Bars
These deliciously easy apple crumble bars have a light and flaky apple crumble topping that comes together with just three ingredients. Bake these with your kids for a simple Thanksgiving dessert.
5 from 42 votes
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A square of apple crumble bars is served on a white plate with a drizzle of caramel sauce over the top.

Apple Slab Pie

An apple slab pie would be a perfect make ahead dessert that travels well if you are the one assigned to bring dessert to the holiday feast.

Apple Slab Pie
This freezer-friendly apple slab pie is a delicious fresh apple dessert any time of year. The flaky pie crust and juicy apples are great with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top!
5 from 40 votes
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A square piece of apple pie has a fork taking a bite.

Pomegranate Punch

Swap the Prosecco for sparkling white grape juice in this pomegranate punch and you've got a festive mocktail the whole family will love.

Pomegranate Punch with Prosecco
This pomegranate punch recipe is the perfect party beverage to serve at your holiday gathering because you can make it as an adult beverage with the wine or swap sparkling white grape juice to make a mocktail for the whole family.
5 from 1 vote
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A stemless wine glass is filled with pomegranate punch, slices of fresh orange, and fresh pomegranate seeds for garnish.

More Holiday Recipes

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The photo collage shows 4 Rosh Hashanah recipes including apricot chicken, apple bars, matzo ball soup, and honey mustard salmon.

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