Rosh Hashana Cooking  Demo Recipes

Rosh Hashana Charcuterie Board


The following recipe is a suggested list of ingredients, specifically featuring the symbolic foods traditionally eaten on Rosh Hashana, but it is totally adaptable to whatever foods you would like to incorporate. Get creative and have fun! :)

You will need:
1 Large board (Wood, metal...)
A few small bowls for spreads / dips

1 head of a fish
10 pieces of lox
A small bowl of any fish spread
Small bowl of herring

Assorted crackers and breadsticks

Sliced beets
Whole pitted dates
Pomegranate segments
Sliced Apples
Baby carrots/carrot sticks
Sliced leeks, raw or roasted 
Cucumber slices
Pitted Olives
Pickled onions
Cherry tomatoes

Green garnishes (curly romaine lettuce, dill, rosemary...)


Start by placing all the fish (or your choice of protein) spaced out on the board. 

Add your side vegetables, fruits and crackers, in little sections leaving no space between. Keep in mind to vary the colors and textures throughout the board.

Finish off with adding your green garnishes in any spaces or evenly distributed around the board.


Serve and enjoy!

Rosh Hashana Salad

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This is called a Rosh Hashana Salad because it features the symbolic foods that are traditionally eaten at the Rosh Hashana dinner. Apples, pomegranates, carrots, beets, dates & leeks. You can  add any other vegetables (cucumbers, fresh broccoli, avocado...) or fruits (mango, blueberries, strawberries..). 

Mixed greens
1 Apple, diced
Handful of dates, pitted and diced small
Half a pomegranate, seeded
Handful of shredded carrots
1 small beet, julienned/spiralized (or you can slice cooked beets)
Leek, sliced super thinly (or can be sliced and roasted in the oven)


1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons maple syrup


Add all the salad vegetables/fruits to your bowl. Whisk the dressing in a cup and pour over salad. Toss to combine & serve!

Moist Apple Honey Cake with Whipped Cream Cheese & Fruit

The fruits featured in the garnish of this recipe are samples of special "New" fruits that are eaten on the second night of Rosh Hashana. We say the Shehecheyanu blessing on these fruits in honor of the New Year.

2 eggs
1 cup sugar

1 cup honey

1/2 cup oil

2 cups flour

1 tbsp cocoa powder

3/4 tsp salt

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 cup boiling water + 1 tsp instant coffee
2 apples, peeled and diced small


Beat together the eggs, sugar, honey and oil. In a separate bowl, combine all the dry ingredients (flour, cocoa, salt, baking powder, baking soda & cinnamon). Slowly add dry mixture to wet mixture while beating. Once well combined, pour in the boiling cup of coffee and stir in by hand. Add your apples and fold in. 

Pour into a 9x13 (or a round springform pan or bundt pan).

Bake on 350 for 1 hour, or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted. 

Whipped Cream Cheese & Fruit Garnish

8 oz non-dairy whip topping
6 oz non-dairy cream cheese

(Alternatively you can use heavy cream & dairy cream cheese, but it will need to add approx 1/3 cup powdered sugar to sweeten).


5 Figs, sliced in half lengthwise
1 Starfruit, sliced

Handful of pomegranate seeds
Honey to drizzle


Allow cake to cool completely before placing your cake upside down on a serving platter. Spread out the frosting evenly only on the top of the cake. 

Add the fruit on top and drizzle honey on top as desired. 



Gefilte Fish Pizza


1 frozen gefilte fish loaf (Raskins, Bentzis, Ungers, Meal Mart...) - FULLY defrosted

Marinara/tomato sauce

1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced & sautéed

1/4 cup thin colored pepper rings

1/2 - cup shredded carrots, steamed in the microwave for 5 minutes

1/4 cup sliced green or black olives

1/4 cup broccoli/cauliflower florets (raw or frozen)

Fill a 9" pie pan (deep or regular) with the defrosted Gefilte Fish loaf. Pour marinara sauce on top and gently spread evenly. Add your vegetables as desired.

Bake COVERED at 350 for 20 minutes.

Then, bake UNcovered at 300 for 30-40 minutes until golden brown and the middle bounces back when pressed down.

Tip: You can also steam your broccoli and then add it on top after it bakes to keep the bright green color.

Tri-Colored Gefilte Fish


1 frozen gefilte fish loaf (Raskins, Bentzis, Ungers, Meal Mart...) - FULLY defrosted
1/2-3/4 C. carrots or yam - Baked/ cooked &puréed

1/2 C. Pureed spinach


Divide defrosted fish loaf in to 3 even parts. Put each section in its own bowl.

To one bowl, add the pureed carrots/yam. Combine well.
To the second bowl, add the purred spinach. Combine well. 

Leave the last bowl with just the plain fish.

Pour the green fish mixture onto the bottom of a 2lb loaf pan to form an even layer.
Add the plain white mixture on top and layer on evenly.
Lastly, top it off with the orange mixture and spread gently until even. 

Bake COVERED at 350 for 20 minutes.
Then, bake UNcovered at 300 for 30-40 minutes until golden orange/brown and the middle bounces back when pressed.

Slice on long tray and garnish with greens. (You can make half slices as well).

Quick 'n Easy Gefilte Slices with Toppings

1 frozen gefilte fish loaf (Raskins, Bentzis, Ungers, Meal Mart...) - partially defrosted

Slice fish loaf (as thin/thick as you like) while still very firm/partially frozen. 

Generously grease a pan or cookie sheet with 1/2 cup oil.

Lay out the slices on the sheet.

Add toppings of your choice and bake 20 to 30 minutes on 350


Topping Options:

- Sautéed onions

- Marinara sauce

- Zaatar and olives

- Garlic ginger/teriyaki sauce 
- Everything-but-the-bagel seasoning
- ...or any topping of your choice!


Fully defrost the fish loaf. Put into a bowl and add one egg (optional).

Mix well.

Heat up oil in a frying pan and pour batter into 1 TBSP sized patties. Fry medium/high, for 3-5 minutes on each side.

Enjoy as is, or with a tomato / marinara sauce of choice.


Put a tablespoon of batter into cupcake holders in a muffin tin.
Add any of the toppings in the list above.
Bake uncovered for 20 minutes on 350 till top bounces back when pressed.

Traditional Gefilte Fish 

1 frozen gefilte fish loaf (Raskins, Bentzis, Ungers, Meal Mart...) - FULLY defrosted

Remove parchment paper and put defrosted loaf into a bowl.

Add one egg (optional).

Boil 2 cups of water in a small pot with pre-cooked onion and carrot slices for 15 minutes.

Shape 1 tablespoon of fish batter into a round or oval ball.

Put into boiling water for 20 minutes, making sure the pot is covered.

Honey Fish Loaf with Pomgeranate Seeds

1 frozen gefilte fish loaf (Raskins, Bentzis, Ungers, Meal Mart...)

Remove parchment paper and into a 2 pound loaf pan


Mix 1/2 cup honey with 1/4 cup water. Pour over fish. 

Bake COVERED at 350 for 20 minutes.
Then, bake UNcovered at 300 for 30-40 minutes until golden brown and the middle bounces back when pressed.

To serve:
Slice fish loaf on a long serving tray.
Decorate with greenery under and around fish

Sprinkle pomegranate seeds on top of each slice just before serving.