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.

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.

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.

National Honey Month is a special time of year at Waxing Kara.

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).


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


Bring home honey from the shop
Order floral centerpiece a week ahead


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


Round Challah with raisins
Plain Round Challah


Fresh squeezed OJ
Organic Flour
Organic sugar
Almond and coconut milk
Baking powder
Baking soda
Organic canola oil
6 Green and 6 Fuji apples
Tomatoes (heirloom)
Garlic heads
Onions (red and sweet)
Parsley and sage
Kosher chicken broth
Brussel Sprouts
Potatoes (regular and sweet)
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

Bowl of fresh-cut granny smith apples on the kitchen counter

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

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, 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 as it marinates

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

Slow Cooker Brisket

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.

Roasted chicken made with a honey mustard marinade

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.

Honey Mustard Roasted Carrots marinating

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.

Heirloom tomatoes are perfect for summer salads and sandwiches

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.

apple cake

L’shana Tova!

About the Author


Kara waxes about the bees, creates and tests recipes with her friend Joyce, and does her best to share what she’s learned and continues to learn about the bees, honey, ingredients we use and more.

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