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.
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).
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
Round Challah with raisins
Plain Round Challah
Fresh squeezed OJ
Almond and coconut milk
Organic canola oil
6 Green and 6 Fuji apples
Onions (red and sweet)
Parsley and sage
Kosher chicken broth
Potatoes (regular and sweet)
Kasha (buckwheat groats)
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
The Day Of
At noon to pull out meat and turkey, get to room temp
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.
You can also consider the Slow Cooker Brisket if your family prefers Brisket for the holiday, it is a traditional dish.
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.
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.
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.
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.