Rosh Hashanah starts Wednesday, September 20th.
Holiday memories for me are redolent with fragrances and flavors that take me back to special moments across the years.
So imagine my reaction when I read the first few lines of “Top 10 Recipes for a Fresh Delicious Year,” written by Merav Levkowitz and Paul Entis.
“Here’s to the haters. The haters of gefilte fish, cloyingly sweet noodle kugel, dry brisket and tzimmes that sits in your stomach from Rosh Hashanah all the way through Yom Kippur.”
Oy. I LOVE gefilte fish. So do our grands. What beats a good noodle kugel? And the brisket my husband makes is never dry.
That said, I acknowledge that some of our recipes are a bit heavy.
So I plowed forward – and was delighted to discover newer versions of the classics that kept much of what I had loved.
The Roasted Carrot and Sweet Potato Tzimmes from Amelia Saltsman, for example, sounds delightful! The meat was never my favorite part. Oranges, lemon, carrots, sweet potatoes, shallots, pitted prunes . . . yum!
Then there’s the Sweet and Spicy Roast Chicken with Carrots, Dates and Pistachios, adapted from a recipe by Melissa Clark. In addition to the ingredients in the name, you’ve got lemon zest and juice, orange zest and juice, mustard, honey, garlic, thyme, and scallions. My favorite part? You whisk most of the ingredients together to make a marinade, add the chicken, let it sit for at least 6 hours, then bake it. At the end, sprinkle on the parsley, scallions, and pistachios.
Of the 10 they suggest, these two will likely be on our menu this year. But check out the others for yourself. From Spinach Ricotta Kugel to Lamb Meatballs with Quinoa and Roasted Red Pepper Sauce to That Rye Nectar, a concoction of fresh lime juice, local honey, rye (of course), orange juice, and orange blossom water.
What are your fave dishes to serve for Rosh Hashanah?
For me, the critical part, regardless of what else we serve, is to set each place with an individual small bowl of honey. Pass the apples and challah. Dunk and enjoy!
For more Rosh Hashanah ideas, see our Rosh Hashanah Pinterest Board.
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