Simanim themed menus for Rosh Hashanah never get old. In fact they seem to get more popular each year. So, since this is the 7 year anniversary of my first simanim menu I'm celebrating by sharing 7 NEW super simanim recipes with you!
But first a bit on how to plan a simanim menu.
Step 1: List Simanim
I create a list of all the simanim. (I have added the blessings here for your convenience).
APPLE DIPPED IN HONEY “May it be your will, Hashem our G-d and the G-d of our forefathers, that you renew for us a good and sweet year.”
CARROTS “May it be your will, Hashem, our G-d and the G-d of our forefathers, that you decree good decrees upon us.”
DATES “May it be your will, Hashem our G-d and the G-d of our forefathers, that our enemies be consumed.”
FISH “May it be your will, Hashem our G-d and the G-d of our forefathers, that we be fruitful and multiply like fish.”
GOURDS “May it be your will, Hashem our G-d and the G-d of our forefathers, that the decree of our sentence be torn asunder; and may our merits be proclaimed before you.”
HEAD OF A SHEEP or FISH “May it be your will, Hashem our G-d and the G-d of our forefathers, that we be as the head and not as the tail.”
POMEGRANATES “May it be your will, Hashem our G-d and the G-d of our forefathers, that our merits increase as (the seeds of) a pomegranate.”
For more details on the what, why, when and where of these Rosh Hashanah symbolic foods click here.
Step 2: List Courses
I decide how many courses I want to serve. I don't feel strongly about both a fish course and a soup course on Rosh Hashanah. I will usually select one or the other. For the magazine menu I shared a Carrot Gazpacho as a starter and here I share a fish first course.
Step 3: Mix and Match
This is where the fun starts. I challenge myself and make it a point to work each and every one of the simanim (with the exception of that sheep's head!!!) into my menu. I actually find working with simanim easier than general menu planning because you have a basic outline and very specific source of inspiration from which to work vs. the world-is-your-oyster feeling of year-round menu planning.
Step 4: Simanim Seder
Be sure to have extra simanim on hand for your Simanim Seder held at the start of the Rosh Hashanah meal. Click here for a step-by-step explanation of how-to host a Simanim Seder.
This Beet Relish is a shabbos salad staple at my sister-in-law Chanie's table - lucky she's one of those types that loves to share her recipes.
Like I always say, thank G-d for Chanie. This classic Israeli salad hails from her table too. Serve this with your fish starter to amp up the first course.
Loosely inspired by the hotel and salad that I love, this reinterpretation of a Waldorf Salad is a crisp, fall, slaw incorporating apples, honey, and pomegranates.
Vinegar as well as citric acid (even vitamin C tablets) work as well.
Cause they are too cute, (practically) carb-less, yet loaded with iron!
Sweet carrots and savory Swiss chard ribbons - my new favorite simanim side.
Roasting a medley of squash plus carrots, sweet potatoes, parsnips and onions will enhance the naturally sweet and earthy flavors of these fall veggies. Top with fresh pomegranate arils just before serving for a bright burst of sweet and tart flavors.
Ripped from the pages of our outrageously popular 28 Day JOY of KOSHER Challenge, it's the perfect opportunity to get a jump on those healthy eating, Rosh Hashanah resolutions. (Lamb is a particularly good source of B vitamins and barley is rich in many less common minerals essential to your body and is high in fiber.)
Chewy dates are the perfect foil for rich, bittersweet chocolate. This Rosh Hashanah I’m combining 2 of my favorite foods to create a singular bite of heartfelt wishes for a happy, healthy and delicious New Year.
Plus I have 7 more, new, 7-minute prep, simanim recipes in the Rosh Hashanah issue of the magazine on stands now.
For a sneak peek watch my how-to video for the Carrot Gazpacho laced with lemon zest and coconut milk:
Take a look back at my greatest hits simanim menus starting from 2010:
Jamie Geller's Simanim Inspired Menus
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