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

Need a little food inspiration for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year? We've got you covered with easy apps, mains, sides and desserts.
by Alessandra Bulow /  / Updated  / Source: TODAY

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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 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!

Appetizers

Salmon and Avocado Tartare

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.

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, it will put a modern twist on the pre-dinner forshpeis (that's hors d'oevures in Yiddish).

Mini Potato Skins Stuffed with Avocado Salsa

Fill up crispy scooped-out mini potato skins with an easy chunky avocado salsa.

Slow-Cooker Farro Soup

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

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

For a festive Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) meal, New Orleans chef Alon Shaya braised tender short ribs with fall vegetables and juicy golden raisins that add a lovely sweetness.

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.

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

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

Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

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

Kale, Apple, Walnut and Sumac Onion Tabbouleh

This flavorful salad can easily be prepared in advance and served at room temperature, leaving the stove available for other dishes.

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

Desserts

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.

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.

This light and refreshing fruit salad is great as a healthy dessert option.

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

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

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