Traditional Ashkenazic Sukkot Menu and Recipes

A Sukkah in Jerusalem, Israel, with a table set for a festive holiday meal.
A Sukkah in Jerusalem, Israel, with a table set for a festive holiday meal. Credit: Dan Porges/Getty Images

As Sukkot is a harvest festival, Sukkot menus typically include dishes with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Stuffed vegetables are often served for this Jewish holiday. Some say the stuffed foods, like small cornucopia, represent a bountiful harvest. Given the colorful surroundings of the Sukkah and the harvest theme, I like to serve a colorful fruit salad for dessert. 

Sukkot Dinner Meal

  • Gefilte Fish -- This classic recipe for homemade gefilte fish is an Ashkenazi menu fixture not just for Sukkot, but for Shabbat and other holidays. 
  • Chicken Matzo Ball Soup -- Since Sukkot is celebrated in the fall, there's often a nip in the air. Soups like this one are the perfect way to keep guests comfortable while dining al fresco in the sukkah. 
  • Meat Stuffed Peppers -- Stuffed foods are a traditional addition to Sukkot menus, so these peppers are a natural fit for the menu. You can use ground beef or turkey according to your preference. And if you'll be hosting vegetarian guests, consider replacing the meat with a ground beef substitute. 
  • Apple Glazed BBQ Chicken -- Apples are not just a seasonal fall favorite, they're also an auspicious symbol for a sweet new year in Ashkenazic Jewish tradition. Chavi Feldman of Chashmonaim, Israel contributed this Apple Glazed BBQ Chicken recipe for the autumn Rosh Hashanah holiday, but it's an ideal dish for Sukkot entertaining. 
  • Coconut Curry Potato Gratin -- Coconut milk and curry lend creaminess and warmth to this unusual, dairy-free take on potato gratin. 
  • Fruit Compote -- This simple dessert features stewed nectarines, peaches, and plums, and makes a nice alternative (or complement) to heavier sweets. 
  • Classic Kosher Apple Cake -- This company-worthy cake, with its layers of cinnamon-laced apples, is a classic example of the dessert dubbed Jewish Apple Cake.

    Sukkot Lunch Meal

    • Pomegranate Apple Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing -- Fall fruits shine in this simple seasonal salad from Giora Shimoni. Sweet-tart apples and pomegranates are complemented by a homemade poppy seed dressing that you can make ahead for convenience.
    • Butternut Mushroom Pot Pie  -- This vegetarian pot pie is full of delicious roasted butternut squash and braised vegetables. Because the filling is cooked in a wine and stock-based sauce, it has none of the heaviness of cream-based versions, and the flavors of the vegetables can shine through.
    • Oven Fried Breaded Chicken -- This kid-friendly recipe for Breaded Baked Chicken is quick, easy, and, says Giora Shimoni, "even good the next day! What else could anyone ask of a recipe?" 
    • Roasted Simanim Tzimmes with Tahini Honey Drizzle -- Roasted carrots, butternut squash, leeks, beets and more combine in this delectable sweet and savory dish that perfectly showcases the best of fall produce. 
    • Classic Potato Kugel -- Sometimes called potato pudding, this kugel is a staple Shabbat and holiday dish in Eastern European Jewish cooking and a great warmer-upper for meals in the sukkah. 
    • Apple and Dried Cherry Crisp -- When you've got wonderful fall apples on hand, showcase them in this wholesome, dairy-free Apple and Dried Cherry Crisp. Because the crunchy crisp topping contains no butter, the flavors of the fruit, oats, and nuts can really shine through.