Rosh Hashanah Recipes

Rosh Hashanah is tomorrow at sundown and although I’m a tad behind in my planning, we are getting ready.  Thus far, I have put together the below menu.  I’ve been perusing Claudia Roden’s The Book of Jewish Food for additional ideas, as she is one of my favorite cookbook authors.  Of all time.

Although I will not be making the challah that is listed below, I thought others might enjoy using this recipe for the holiday.  I think the recipe looks absolutely fabulous.

Gluten Free Rosh Hashanah
Tova’s Challah
Apples Dipped in Honey
Stuffed Mushrooms

Pomegranate Salad
Butternut Squash Soup

Peach Chicken
Spinach Cake

Honey Cake
Fruit Salad

The Jewish New Year is a time filled with symbolic foods and so is our menu.  According to Roden, “It is a widespread custom to eat a piece of apple dipped in honey while a prayer is said asking God for a sweet year.”  She also states that another custom is to eat a new fruit of the season, usually a pomegranate, hence the Pomegranate Salad above.

Roden further states that round foods such as meatballs are eaten to embody the aspiration that the year is full and rounded.  I just might add meatballs to our menu, though either way, am planning on a fun filled family celebration come sundown tomorrow.


  1. says

    Do you have a Paleo friendly Challah bread recipe??? My daughter’s 3rd grade class is celebrating all the Jewish holidays in class and will be doing Challah every friday. A number of students are gluten-free, and within that, most are Paleo and therefore not doing rice flours. Any help would be greatly appreciate!

  2. Dena says

    Shana tova u’metuka!
    I want to share my Rosh Hashana traditional dessert, since it’s as simple as simple gets and always a crowd pleaser! Open a pomegranate and take out all the seeds. Pat dry, if there’s any juice on them. Melt white chocolate. Mix the seeds in. Drop as bite-size balls onto wax paper. Refrigerate. It makes the most wonderful candy that bursts in your mouth when you bite into it!
    I experimented last night with my leftover dates — tried to make a power bar with flax seed, peanut butter, tehina, an egg. Melted choc chips on top for kid-friendly appeal. It tasted great but it didn’t bake properly. Do you have a REAL recipe along these lines? I’d love to have healthy “candy” bars on hand for my daughter’s lunchbox.
    G’mar Chatima Tova!

  3. Susanna says

    Hi Elana!
    I am a student at the Nutrition Therapy Institute in Denver. I am working on becoming wheat free as one of my teachers said I have an intolerance (not a full on allergy though). I am a displaced NYer though and I miss bagels! I was wondering if you’d be willing to work with me on developing a gluten free bagel, perhaps a sprouted version? I have not really gotten into gluten and wheat free baking at all and would appreciate your input on this project! I think it’d be really exciting if I could, at some point, develop it into a bagel deli here in Denver, much like what we had in NY! Let me know if you would be open to this! Thanks so much!

  4. Ninufar says

    L’Shana Tova u Metukah!

    Thank you so much for sharing your work and your artistry with us, and may the new year bring blessings as bountiful as the seeds of the pomegranate!

    — Ninufar

  5. Gina says

    The recipe for the fabulous-looking spinach cake does not appear to be working. Must have!

    For almond flour challah, I actually bought a pan that gives the bread a twisted appearance when it’s turned out. Unfortunately it’s not round, but can’t have everything!

    L’Shana Tova! — Gina

  6. ~M says

    Ooooh, meatballs! I love that idea! Please post if you have a good recipe! I like getting all deceptively delicious with mine.

    We’re also having your butternut squash soup, one of your kale salads (throwing in pomegranate arils for good measure) or the purple cabbage and orange one, your mustard lime chicken (on a whole organic chicken), and Karina’s pomegranate beef (pot roast). Oh, and your brownies. I may also experiment with a cinnamon-raisin bread.

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