A "Something For Everyone" Rosh Hashanah Menu

Gefilte Fish for Rosh Hashana
Gefilte Fish on the Rosh Hashana Table. Credit: Photostock Israel/Getty Images

"Inviting a large crowd for Rosh Hashanah dinner," says Giora Shimoni, "means taking a variety of tastes and even dietary restrictions into consideration. Are there children who don't eat fish? Are there adults who want low-fat, low-carb dishes? Are there grandparents who need sugar-free choices? And what about vegetarians?" Shimoni takes the guesswork out of menu planning with this selection of crowd-pleasing recipes for the Jewish New Year, so all your guests can find plenty to eat and enjoy.

Starters

  • Honey Wheat Raisin Challah (Pareve)​ -- This honey-sweetened round challah is studded with golden raisins, and flavored a touch of vanilla (and an optional pinch of cardamom, if you like). Some of the refined flour is swapped out for white whole wheat, which adds texture and balances the sweetness of the plump golden raisins and honey.  It's a great choice if you're aiming for a sweet and healthy new year.  
  • Gefilte Fish (Pareve) -- If you've always wanted to make gefilte fish from scratch, but weren't sure how, check out Giora Shimoni's photo-ilustrated step-by-step instructions. You may never go back to the jarred stuff again.  
  • Rich Chicken Noodle Soup (Meat) and/or No-Chicken Matzo Ball Soup (Pareve, Passover) -- If you consider chicken soup a must, but don't want to go through the trouble of breaking down a chicken, check out this recipe for Rich Chicken Noodle Soup, which relies on chicken wings to infuse the broth with lots of flavor.  Vegetarians can also get in on the matzo ball soup action with this savory vegetarian broth, served with Dill Matzo Balls. 

    Salads

    • Sugared Almond Salad -- Salad greens, mandarin oranges, and red onion are tossed in a parsley vinaigrette and topped with sugared almond slices in this simple, crowd pleasing salad. 

    Main Dishes

    Sides

    Desserts

    • Apple and Dried Cherry Crisp -- Carry the apples-for-a-sweet-new-year theme through to dessert with this deliciously wholesome crisp. If you're cooking for  a crowd, the recipe is easlly doubled, and leftovers make a delicious breakfast!
    • Chai-Spiced Honey Cake​ -- If dessert isn't complete without a beautiful bundt cake, try this moist and fragrantly spiced honey cake, with its lovely notes of cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg.

    Edited and updated by Miri Rotkovitz