Well, it’s the Jewish New Year once again and it’s also that time of year for us Jewish folk to let out all that guilt!

The good news is, everyone is usually super sweet to each other during this time (maybe it’s the apples & honey.  Or maybe it’s something about that whole “On Rosh Hashanah it is written, on Yom Kippur it is sealed” thing). And, what’s more, the FOOD is incredible!  In fact, it’s really pretty difficult to go sit at a table in a Jewish household and be dissatisfied by the food – it’s all SOOOOO good!  Bubby doesn’t want you going hungry!

So I’ve thrown together a little list of these wonderful Jewish classics that are perfect for not only Rosh Hashanah, but for Yom Kippur’s huge breaking the fast meal too!  Who says you only need dairy and bagels?  We can get a little more exciting than that!

Enjoy these fabulous recipes for any Jewish gathering or for ANY occasion regardless of your religion! (Because food knows no religion)!

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Horseradish Deviled Eggs

These babies are DY-NO-MITE!  Such a little crowd pleaser because they aren’t only adorable to look at and pop in your mouth, they also taste absolutely AWESOME!  Maybe it’s that Gold’s horseradish mixed with the creaminess of some fluffy, mayo-infused egg yolks but this is one that will go fast so make plenty and use these awesome egg caddies (especially if traveling and taking them to someone else’s house)!

Chopped Liver

The next time someone asks “What am I, CHOPPED LIVAH?!” tell them “OBVIOUSLY!” and that it’s actually a huge compliment.  If you’ve ever been to a gathering in a Jewish household, chances are you’ve seen this delicious dip-like spread. Not only is this one a staple in my house, but people tend to fight over the last schmear! It also goes perfect with veggies, crackers, matzoh or Tam Tams.

Jewish Brisket

One of my most POPULAR dishes, not only is my Jewish Brisket is so tender and full of such a deep, rich, flavorful and sweet & tangy sauce, but it is also SO EASY TO MAKE!  I guarantee you that if you make this, the entire table will beg you for the recipe, have seconds and have their eyes on the last piece. But make sure you’re a mensch and offer it to Nana or Pop Pop!

Chicken Noodle Soup

Oy Gevalt! My chicken noodle soup is one of my most requested dishes by family and friends alike!  It provides a flavor that is so homemade and so comforting, not only will everyone “mmm” and “ahh” while eating it at the table, they’ll also want it when they’re feeling under the weather or curled up on the couch watching Netflix on a chilly evening or snowy day!

Matzoh Balls

How about some Matzoh Balls to go with that Chicken Noodle Soup to give it a Bar Mitzvah?  While there is a debate on the proper way to make a Matzoh Ball (Soft or firm?  Sinkers or floaters?), you cannot go wrong with these as they are a little of everything all rolled into one happy ball!  I guarantee you’ll just love these little additions!

Stuffed Cabbage

My Grandma Lil knew what she was doing when she made this one.  Not only is it also one of my most popular recipes because of how incredibly delicious and homemade they taste, but it is a special treat to sit down and make them with a loved one while swapping stories of yore (and maybe a little gossip). A true family legacy, from mine to yours!

Blintz Soufflé

The mother of sweetness, my Blintz Soufflé will not only become the topic of conversation due to how beautiful it looks, it will also possibly be the dish that everyone talks about the most.  Guaranteed to satisfy any sweet tooth and trigger happiness.

Noodle Pudding

This dish is a real sweet one and not like your traditional kugel!  It can be served chilled or taken out to set at room temperature and then eaten.  It will make for a sweeter side or a dessert and that graham cracker crust at the top is enough to make you want to fiddle on a roof!

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So there you have it!  Some WONDERFUL goodies to complete any Jewish household.  But I’ll let you in on a little secret – just like I’m a Jewish fella who loves Italian and Chinese, YOU don’t need to claim an ounce of Judaism to enjoy these. In fact, you may smack your lips more than once!

L’Shana Tova (that means “Happy New Year” in Hebrew)!

-Jeffrey 😘