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12 Well-Loved Recipes For Rosh Hashanah

  1. roast chicken

    Sweet & Spicy Roast Chicken with Carrots, Dates & Pistachios

    Adapted from Melissa Clark's fabulous Sweet & Spicy Roast Chicken in The New York Times, this is the perfect no-fuss dish for the holidays. The chicken is immersed in a honey, citrus, and chili-infused marinade, and then roasted on a sheet pan with carrots and dates. Before serving, herbs, scallions and pistachios are added for freshness, color, and crunch. Everything can be prepared and assembled a day in advance, so all that's left to do at dinnertime is pop it in the oven.

  2. Onion-Braised Beef Brisket

    This brisket is surprisingly simple to make: unlike most briskets, there’s no wine, stock, or bottled sauces added. Instead, the brisket is cooked on top of a massive heap of onions, which slowly caramelize and release their juices, making a flavorful French onion soup-like braising liquid all their own.

  3. french apple cake

    French Apple Cake

    You can't have Rosh Hashanah without apple cake. This one, with chunks of sweet apples nestled in a tender, buttery rum cake, is my absolute favorite.

  4. chicken soup

    Chicken Soup with Matzo Balls

    Making chicken soup is a bit of a "potschke," as my mother would say, but it's not hard. You pretty much throw everything into a pot and forget it. And these delicious matzo balls are made from a mix.

  5. homemade applesauce

    Chunky Homemade Applesauce

    Homemade applesauce is richly flavored, tart and sweet -- almost like apple pie filling. Serve it for breakfast or dessert.

  6. brussels sprouts

    Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Vinegar & Honey

    These brussels sprouts are roasted in a high temperature oven until golden brown and crisp, then tossed with a touch of balsamic vinegar and honey. Make extra -- they're as addictive as French fries!

  7. Chicken Marbella

    Chicken Marbella is probably the most famous dish to come out of the beloved Silver Palate Cookbook by Julie Rosso and the late Sheila Lukins. I grew up eating this dish -- in fact, my mother still makes it on holidays and special occasions. The chicken is marinated in garlic and herbs, and then baked with wine, brown sugar, prunes, capers and green olives.

  8. French Green Beans with Shallots

    How can a vegetable recipe with only one tablespoon of oil and three simple ingredients — olive oil, green beans and shallots — be so delicious? It’s all in the technique, which combines slowly cooking shallots in olive oil to coax out their natural sweetness and simmering beans in a bit of water until tender.

  9. Apple Cranberry Oat Crumble

    This old-fashioned dessert of warm baked apples and scarlet cranberries with a crunchy streusel topping comes from Rustic Fruit Desserts by Cory Schreiber and Julie Richardson. It can be made ahead of time and reheated after dinner -- and leftovers are delicious for breakfast the next day with a cup of coffee.

  10. Autumn Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup

    Made with carrots, sweet potatoes, apples and honey, this savory soup with a hint of sweetness and spice is perfect for Rosh Hashanah. The secret ingredient is curry powder, which doesn't give the soup an Indian flavor like you might think, but instead lends a subtle hint of autumn spice. Feel free to make it a few days in advance.

  11. sangria

    Pomegranate Sangria

    It is traditional to eat pomegranates on Rosh Hashana because, with their numerous arils, they symbolize fruitfulness. Go ahead and make this bold sangria ahead of time — it’s best when the fruit has a chance to steep in the punch overnight.

  12. honey cake

    Honey & Spice Cake

    This gem of a cake comes from Marcy Goldman’s much-loved cookbook, A Treasury of Jewish Holiday Baking. It’s tender with tremendous depth of flavor — there’s coffee, orange juice and booze in it — and the taste of honey shines through.

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