Rosh Hashanah Dinner Ideas

Traditional Rosh Hashanah dinner ideas start with your family. The good news for us, at Waxing Kara, is that the meal starts with honey. Literally. Every year, we host Rosh Hashanah dinner for the family. Because of my work schedule, I have to be on my “A” game with my plan, so I am sharing this plan and Rosh Hashanah Dinner Ideas with you.

rosh hashanah dinner

Don’t forget to bring home honey” is one of my to-do list items each year. Life here is nuts.

I am so busy every day with work that I sometimes forget that there is this lovely life outside where the family gathers and breaks bread together and talks and laughs and prays and celebrates. Sometimes coming with ideas for dinner isn’t easy with all the things that life offers up.

Following is my Rosh Hashanah Dinner Plan. Please note: when I use recipes from others, I always modify as necessary to observe dietary law. I omit anything with milk. (It’s convenient because I omit most things with milk from our diet anyway).

challah cut and covered with Eastern Shore Honey

Menu

Apples and honey
Roasted Turkey
Rib Roast
Roasted Potatoes/Sweet Potatoes
Kasha Stuffing
Heirloom Tomato Salad
Cucumber Salad
Roasted Brussel Sprouts
Steamed Broccoli
Aunt Jane’s Apple Cake

Shopping

Bring home honey from the shop
Order floral centerpiece a week ahead
Order all meats from the butcher at least 3 weeks ahead

Butcher

Pick up Turkey and rib roast
Pluck bird and clean well
Make sure rib roast is cradled
Chicken Fat

Bakery

Round Challah with raisins
Plain Round Challah

Grocery

Fresh squeezed OJ
Organic Flour
Organic sugar
Almond and coconut milk
Baking powder
Baking soda
Vanilla
Eggs
Salt
Organic canola oil
Cinnamon
Lemons
6 Green and 6 Fuji apples
Tomatoes (heirloom)
Cucumbers
6 Garlic heads
Fresh Ginger Root
6 Onions (red and sweet)
Scallions
Parsley and sage
Kosher chicken broth
Bone Broth
Parsnips
2 hearts of Celery
4 bunches of Carrots
Broccoli
3 bags of Brussel Sprouts
6 Organic Potatoes (regular and sweet)
Mushrooms
Kasha (buckwheat groats)

To Do

Get the table ready, take out:
Table cloth and napkins
Crystal glasses for wine and water
Serving platters for meat, veggies, apples, and honey
Clean silverware and platters

The Day Before

Make Kasha Stuffing
Pick up meats from butcher
Pull out dishes, etc. set table
Make Aunt Janes Apple Cake

The Day Of

At noon to pull out meat and turkey, get to room temp
Preheat ovens
Stuff and prep turkey
Prep salads and veggies mid-day
Cut and prep Brussel sprouts
Steam broccoli 8 minutes before serving
Turkey and meat go in by 2 pm
Brussel Sprouts go in at 4 pm for 45 minutes

apples and honey on plate with honey and challah

Recipe Ideas for Rosh Hashanah

Here are some of my favorite recipes for our Rosh Hashanah dinner. We have a big family, so there is always so much food to make. But, the more, the merrier! These recipes are so good that you won’t just want to save them for special events…a long weekend, a stressful day at work, or rainy evening all call for some good comfort food.

This Rib Roast is savory and big enough to feed a family! Enjoy it with your favorite roast vegetables and crusty bread.

Honey Herb and Garlic-Marinated Rib Roast

Start off your main course with this delicious Rib Roast. Made with a glaze of herbs and Eastern Shore Honey, it develops a beautiful color and stays juicy and flavorful. It's perfect served alongside roasted vegetables and crusty bread.
Check out this recipe

You can also consider the Slow Cooker Brisket if your family prefers Brisket for the holiday, it is a traditional dish.

Slow Cooker BBQ Brisket

This Slow Cooker BBQ Brisket is so easy to prepare and ready for dinner when you get home from work. You'll look like a superhero to your family!
Check out this recipe

The Roast Turkey is perfect for your guests who don’t eat red meat…but it’s so good, you’ll all want a piece.

Not normally a fan of brussel sprouts? You will be once you try these! Top with vegan shredded cheese for a Kosher-friendly addition to your meal.

Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Colorful Honey Mustard Roasted Carrots are always a crowd-pleaser at holiday gatherings, and so easy to make. A trip to Whole Foods always offers heirloom carrots.

Colorful Honey Mustard Roasted Carrots

Made with a glaze of honey, garlic, and dijon, these Honey Mustard Roasted Carrots are a colorful addition to the dinner table. Mix in your other favorite root vegetables, like potatoes or parsnips, for a wide variety of tastes. The glaze we used would also be fantastic on Brussels sprouts or beets!
Check out this recipe

Our Tomato Salad is bright and colorful and is a perfect way to use up late-summer tomatoes. Mix in other fresh veggies, like onion and herbs, for a special twist on this simple side.

Summer Tomato Salad with Honey

There's nothing better than a fresh-picked beefy tomato in the middle of summer. This recipe makes them even better with honey!
Check out this recipe

Don’t forget to breathe, and enjoy yourself.

And when you are looking for appropriate dessert ideas for Rosh Hashanah, I say keep it simple. Grilled fruit topped with honey, or a simple bowl of berries drizzled with honey. OR if you have time to bake, the day before, knock yourself out and Make my Aunt Jane’s Apple Cake. It’s spectacular.

Aunt Jane’s Apple Cake

This recipe comes straight from the hands of my Aunt Jane. It's a perfect apple cake to make for the Jewish New Year, but enjoy this cake anytime you are in the mood for it. It's delicious!
Check out this recipe

L’shana Tova!