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Celebrate the Jewish New Year and High Holy Days with this collection of recipes for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Start with apples dipped in honey to ensure a sweet new year, then move on to brisket and chicken, challah, latkes, and more.

A plate of apples and honey for Rosh Hoshanah.

Rosh Hoshanah means “Head of the New Year” and celebrates the birthday of the universe, the day God created Adam and Eve. This the first of High Holy Days which ends 10 days later with Yom Kippur.

Rosh Hashanah Celebrations include lighting candles, prayer services, blowing the shofar (ram’s horn), and renewing one’s spiritual relationship with God. Feasting includes foods such as challah, Matzo ball soup, brisket, and apples dipped in honey.

Yom Kippur is a fasting day, so the menu involves no food or drink and also no work, bathing, or other worldly pleasures. In the evening, it’s customary to break the fast with light dairy foods, eggy dishes, or fish.

I am not Jewish, but food is always a fun way for the curious to learn about other cultures. Here are the best Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur recipes on Culinary Hill.

Table of Contents
  1. Apples and Honey
  2. Slow Cooker Beef Brisket
  3. Challah
  4. Cinnamon Apple Cake
  5. Roasted Carrots
  6. Apple Cider
  7. Bagel Bar

Apples and Honey

Perhaps the most symbolic of all Rosh Hashanah foods is apples dipped in honey. Eat the sweets to ensure a sweet year!

On the second night of Rosh Hashanah, it’s traditional to eat “new fruit,” as in fruit that is new for the season and hasn’t been enjoyed before. Pomegranates are the most popular “new fruit” (and they make an appearance in other culture’s as a Lucky New Year’s Food, too).

How to Cut Apples
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Apple slices on a cutting board.
A plate of apples and honey for Rosh Hoshanah.

Slow Cooker Beef Brisket

This easy Beef Brisket recipe is kosher and made right in a slow cooker. The simple marinade adds layers of flavor and then brisket is braised until it’s meltingly tender.

An actual “head of the fish” is often served for Rosh Hashanah, although smoked salmon works too. Just avoid pork and shellfish which aren’t kosher. Be sure to avoid mixing meat and dairy, too.

Slow Cooker Beef Brisket
As the nights get chilly, this tender and smoky Slow Cooker Beef Brisket recipe makes one amazing dinner. It’s the easiest thing you’ll make all week, and it tastes like incredible.
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Slow cooker beef brisket slices on toast.

More Rosh Hashanah Dinner Recipes

How to Make Rotisserie Chicken
Learn how to make rotisserie chicken at home with my super simple spice rub (4 ingredients plus salt & pepper). Or, recreate that same delicious flavor for your next oven-roasted chicken! 
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A rotisserie chicken on a white plate with slices of lemon.
Harissa Chicken with Rice
Harissa Chicken with Rice is a dinner that tastes like it took all day to make, instead of minutes. Every tender bite is full of North African spices, dates, and carrots; the fragrant basmati rice soaks up the sauce. The secret? That little jar of harissa paste lurking in your pantry.
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A white plate with Harissa chicken and rice.

Challah

For Rosh Hashanah, Challah should be braided in a round shape to symbolize the “eternal circle of life.” Sometimes, it is studded with raisins or other dried fruits to up the sweetness for a sweeter new year.

Challah
Challah is a traditional Jewish bread made every week for the Sabbath and for most Jewish holidays. I have an easy Challah recipe that is simple to master. It’s rich and decadent with a beautiful golden color and pillow-soft texture. And that three-strand plait will impress everyone at the table! 
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Challah slices on a wood cutting board.

It’s also common to eat challah with honey. Or, try apple butter on your challah this year.

Apple Butter
Similar to a super-concentrated applesauce, this homemade Apple Butter recipe is delightful spread on biscuits or toast, or swirled into yogurt or oatmeal. Try it to use up a big crop of fresh apples!
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A mason jar filled with apple butter.

Cinnamon Apple Cake

Sweet desserts, especially round cakes, are also popular for Rosh Hashanah. Honey Cake is the most traditional (honey for sweetness!), but any apple dessert will do.

Cinnamon Apple Cake
This cozy fall cake recipe is a family heirloom. I adapted my grandma's Cinnamon Apple Cake for modern bakers, then added a powdered sugar glaze. I bet she would be proud of the delicious results!
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Cinnamon Apple Cake on a cooling rack surrounded by apples.

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Roasted Carrots

There are several popular vegetables for Rosh Hashanah including carrots, leeks, spinach, and chard. These are due to linguistic meanings of Hebrew words. There is also a popular couscous dish called Couscous with Seven Vegetables which features cabbage, turnips, summer squash, zucchini, onions, tomatoes, and chickpeas.

Roasted Carrots
This easy Roasted Carrots recipe showcases the best of spring's new, tender carrots. They look so pretty roasted whole with the green tops attached and the optional yogurt sauce is the perfect complement.
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Roasted carrots on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.

More Rosh Hashanah Side Dish Recipes

Hummus with Za’atar Butter
Learn how to make the creamiest homemade hummus! Then stir in roasted garlic and top with Za'atar-spiced butter for an elegant yet easy appetizer recipe.
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Homemade hummus with zaatar butter in a bowl with pita chips.

Apple Cider

To toast the New Year, look for sweet, fruity beverages featuring apples, honey, pomegranates, and grapes. Apple Cider is a great cozy beverage that can be enjoyed by the faithful of all ages.

Sangria and other wine beverages are popular, too.

Apple Cider
Invest 10 minutes of prep time and you can transform fresh apples into a classic Apple Cider. This big-batch homemade cider is sensational party drink idea.
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Apple cider in a clear glasses.
White Sangria
Get the party started with this classic White Sangria. A pitcher of white wine sangria is the ultimate refreshing party drink recipe on a warm spring or summer day.
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Two glasses of white sangria.

Bagel Bar

After a day of fasting on Yom Kippur, it’s customary to break the fast in the evening with dairy and egg dishes, smoked fish, bagels, and salads.

A Bagel Bar is a great way to feed the family and let everyone customize their own bagel.

Bagel Bar
For bridal or baby showers, holiday brunches, and beyond, assemble a Bagel Bar so guests can get creative with their bagel recipe creations. This interactive Bagel Bar is beautiful, customizable, and a cinch to share with a crowd.
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A Bagel Bar stocked with bagels, smoked salmon, cream cheese, avocado, tomatoes, watermelon radishes, cucumbers, caviar, and fresh herbs and spices.

More Yom Kippur Break-Fast Recipes

Challah French Toast
Leftover challah bread makes the most delicious Challah French Toast! Serve it with plenty of butter and syrup or try a dusting of powdered sugar and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. It's amazing!
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Challah French Toast on a platter.

L’Shana Tovah tikatevu!

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Meggan Hill is the Executive Chef and CEO of Culinary Hill, a popular digital publication in the food space. She loves to combine her Midwestern food memories with her culinary school education to create her own delicious take on modern family fare. Millions of readers visit Culinary Hill each month for meticulously-tested recipes as well as skills and tricks for ingredient prep, cooking ahead, menu planning, and entertaining. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the iCUE Culinary Arts program at College of the Canyons.

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  1. Great thanks Doctor food Meghan for such a creative mind you have. You beat my understanding about yom kippur history especially turning it to be a menu. Its amaizing….! Thanks Jehoshaphat.