It’s that time of year again. Who can believe that the summer flew by, the kids started school and we are planning Rosh HaShana menus? The mornings are just starting to feel autumn-y and there are some great seasonal flavors and ingredients to work with! I have a delicious and impressive line-up for Rosh HaShana and hope you enjoy it.
For a stupendous kick-off to your Yom Tov meal start with this delicious appetizer. The duck and wild rice salad with orange shallot dressing sets the tone for an elegant meal. The wild rice, craisins and duck meld together and bring you the flavors of the season. Some butchers stock frozen duck breasts year round and some require you to order duck in advance. If duck is not available to you, you can use dark meat chicken cutlets with the skin attached or even turkey breast. (Note: Gourmet Glatt in Cedarhurst has duck breast available upon request, email Rabbiberel@gourmetglatt.com)
The spiced maple pumpkin soup with sautéed cremini mushrooms is light and earthy at the same time. The mushrooms add a wonderful boost to the soup. This can also be served in a scooped out mini pumpkin or acorn squash if you are feeling adventurous. Simply slice off the top 2 inches of your gourd, scoop out the seeds and some flesh, and bake upside-down at 350 for approximately 15 minutes. You don’t want the pumpkin to become soft.
For the entrée I chose a roast fit for a king. The garlic herb crusted roast looks like a crown when you serve it. The recipe calls for a 2 lb. roast but I would increase the size for a more impressive dish. The herb paste makes a crispy, flavorful crust that permeates each slice…. No need to say any more.
The summer salad with sweet poppy seed dressing is a wonderful complement to the roast. The flavors are bright and crisp and we can still have a little taste of summer left… For Rosh HaShana omit the poppy seeds from the dressing and add 1 cup pomegranate seeds to the salad.
One of my favorite side dishes with a roast are the balsamic cipollini onions. The sugar caramelizes and the balsamic vinegar gives a great tangy flavor. And I wouldn’t miss the apple fig crisp. Besides the obvious use of the apples, the figs and wine add a wonderful depth of flavor for a twist on a classic apple crisp.
For a seasonal dessert that is a great do-ahead choice try the lemon pomegranate ice cream bombes. They have a bright, fresh flavor and are beautiful to look at. Plus you can use store bought ice cream and sorbet to simplify things….
I hope this starts you off to a wonderful new year, full of health and many delicious new things coming your way.
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