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The Rosh Hashanah Roast Guide


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The yontif roast can provoke anxiety in even the most experienced cook but my roast guide will help you put a fabulous feast on the table without too much drama. Here is my Ultimate Rosh Hashanah Roast Guide from Kosher.com!

Kitchen Tools For Roast Preparation: A good roast requires proper tools. Two items are essential: a fairly sturdy, shallow sided roasting pan and a digital meat thermometer. Useful but not essential is a good pair of tongs. All items are affordable and your investment will pay handsome returns.

Methods for Cooking the Perfect Holiday Roast: The formula for cooking meat is nearly foolproof: meat + heat + time = delicious. Tender cuts (steaks, chops, roasts) can tolerate higher heat for shorter periods; tougher cuts (briskets, chuck roasts, top of the rib) require lower heat, longer cooking times, and the addition of liquids.

Rosh Hashanah Recipes: Stuck for an idea? Here are some delicious roast options for your holiday table from our Kosher.com experts, writers, and chefs.

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2 Responses to The Rosh Hashanah Roast Guide

  1. avatar says: aby

    This is a nice intro into selection and cooking method for roasting meat, however, what I find complicated is knowing how long I should cook a roast if I expect to warm it in the oven for over an hour or so prior to the meal, especially on Shabbat. I find roasts unforgiving if cooked or warmed for too long, whereas braised cuts are much easier to re-heat without it being fatally dry and tough. There is nothing worse than having cooked a perfectly good roast, only to have it be overcooked because it was in the oven for over an hour before the shabbat meal. Do you have any tips?

  2. avatar says: Jamie

    I totally! agree with you. It’s the worst feeling not to mention a huge waste of money. If you are “married” to serving a roast on Shabbos there really are no great tips. You can try to under cook it slightly but that’s not a reliable option. Certain dishes are just not meant to be made in advance (refrigerated) and rewarmed. The rewarming whether done on low in your oven, on a hot plate or in a warming drawer just kills the dish. My advice would be to plan your menu around recipes that are ideal for cooking ahead. When it comes to meat, the flavor and texture of braised dishes is enhanced by a day’s rest in the refrigerator. Refrigeration makes slicing easier and you can remove the congealed fat before reheating.

    Bottom line, you have to make your menu work given the realities of cooking for Shabbos. Soups, stews, braised dishes all benefit from long cooking times and are not at all hurt by the Shabbos re-heating process. I also make alot of fresh salads, choose sides that are either best served at room temperature or again are at least unaffected if not enhanced by the hot plate.

    Why torture yourself and your guests :-) ? You work hard to prepare a beautiful meal, you put love into your cooking and you want that to come across. Making a roast for Shabbos, that needs to be reheated for an hour is like trying to fit a square into a circle, not a recipe for success.

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