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17 crowd-pleasing Rosh Hashanah recipes for apps, mains, sides and desserts

If you're looking for a little food inspiration for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, TODAY Food's got you covered with easy and delicious appetizers, mains, sides and desserts that will feed a crowd and impress your guests. From a perfect classic juicy roast chicken to a glistening apple upside down cake for dessert, here are 17 delicious Rosh Hashanah recipes. Just don't forget the apples with honey, pomegranate seeds and round challah!

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Appetizers

Salmon and Avocado Tartare
Salmon and Avocado Tartare
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Perfect for a high holidays dinner, this elegant appetizer has layers of salmon tartare, avocado puree and a crunchy shaved raw vegetable salad dressed with citrus vinaigrette.

Martha Stewart's Blistered Padron Peppers with Sea Salt
Martha Stewart's blistered Padron peppers
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It doesn't get any easier than this! Prep Martha Stewart's insanely easy blistered Padron peppers with sea salt as an appetizer, hors d'oeuvres, side dish or snack. Feel free to sub in shishito peppers too. Either way, you'll put a modern twist on the pre-dinner forshpeis (that's hors d'oevures in Yiddish).

Mini Potato Skins Stuffed with Avocado Salsa
Chloe Coscarelli's vegan potato skins
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Fill up crispy scooped-out mini potato skins with an easy chunky avocado salsa.

Slow-Cooker Farro Soup
Slow-Cooker Farro Soup
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This soup is as delicious as it is filling, and the slow cooker will also bring out the rich flavors this recipe has to offer.

Mains

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Follow this recipe for a golden bird with juicy meat and some of the tastiest potatoes you could hope for. Leftover chicken can be stored airtight in the refrigerator for up to two days and used for sandwiches, salads, or soups.

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Braised Short Ribs with Vegetables and Golden Raisins
Braised Short Ribs with Vegetables and Golden Raisins
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For a festive Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) meal, New Orleans chef Alon Shaya braises tender short ribs with fall vegetables and juicy golden raisins that add a lovely sweetness.

Marinated Bone-in Lamb Shoulder with Lemon Potatoes
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Perfect for Rosh Hashanah, Easter, Passover and Christmas, the combination of the juicy meat with the lemony potatoes is always an entertaining crowd-pleasing centerpiece main.

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This easy, fast, healthy and delicious recipe is perfect for a Jewish high holiday crowd. Buy wild salmon whenever possible and when making the crust, feel free to swap out the breadcrumbs for finely ground almonds or walnuts.

Sides

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Unite an assortment of citrus in this salad for a kaleidoscope of colors and a mouth-watering mélange of flavors.

Roasted Fingerling Potatoes
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These smaller, slender potatoes cook quickly and pair perfectly with steaks, roast chicken and more.

Kale, Apple, Walnut and Sumac Onion Tabbouleh
Kale, Apple and Onion Tabbouleh
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This flavorful salad can easily be prepared in advance and served at room temperature, leaving the stove available for other dishes.

Beet Salad with Tahini
Beet Salad with Tahini
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The combination of tehina and beets is magical, capable of casting a spell on people who normally don't like beets.

Desserts

Apple Upside Down Cake
Apple Upside Down Cake
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Skip the pineapples and make New Orleans chef Alon Shaya's amazing apple upside down cake instead. With layers of apples, caramel, fluffy cake and a honey ginger glaze, it's the sweet dessert you'll crave all fall and winter long.

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Prepped without butter or cream, vegan chef Chloe Coscarelli's homemade version of classic Hostess cupcakes is just as rich and decadent as the original—plus it's pareve, so it can be enjoyed after a meat meal.

Mango, Pineapple, and Pomegranate Salad
Mango, pineapple and pomegranate salad
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This light and refreshing fruit salad is great as a healthy dessert option.

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Use bittersweet vegan chocoalte to make this pareve chocolate treat with jewels of pomegranate arils.

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These treats are so decadent that your guests will never believe that they're made without any dairy.

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