Honey is the most universal symbol of Rosh Hashanah. As everyone looks to wish one another a Sweet New Year. We take that phrase for granted as we have heard it so many times over for so many years running but it is such a beautiful wish. We use adjectives like good and great and wonderful to describe experiences, hopes and dreams but sweet is a quite beautiful word, for me, it conveys something more than the commonly used positive adjective, it conveys something warm, something homey.
I always say it doesn't have to be the Jewish New Year to give that cute little honey bear a squeeze -- our version of the Pillsbury dough boy. I happen to love honey in my coffee, baked goods and chicken dishes. In fact I have 3 favorites developed for Rosh Hashanah but used year round because we love them so Honey Chicken, Date and Honey Glazed Chicken Thighs and today's linkup recipe Honey-Sesame Glazed Chicken. In fact for one of my first Shabbos' in Israel Honey Chicken made the menu.
The recipe I am sharing with you for the linkup is dressed up for the holidays by oven-roasting the chicken as a whole bird instead of the usual pieces. Bringing a whole roasted chicken to the table immediately tells people this is a special occasion. Place the bird on a simple serving platter surrounded by purple-red radicchio for full effect. I personally like that slightly charred well done crispy skin. Chicken and cheese (not together of course) I like well done and golden brown - breads and baked goods -- doughy things, I like doughy, meaning raw-ish. Just another one of my quirks.
The Sesame-Honey Glaze is a simple mix of white wine, honey, olive oil, kosher salt and garlic. Simple, slightly sweet, sticky and scrumptious in a snap.
Wishing you the sweetest of years and all good things.