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Apples on Rosh Hashana: Some Great Ways to Add Sweetness to Your New Year.
Most of us know about the custom of dipping an apple in honey on Rosh Hashana as a symbol for a sweet new year. We probably use apples rather than other fruits because of the verse above, and because they are available just about everywhere Jews have lived over the centuries, and they ripen around this time.
So here's a few other tasty ways to enjoy your green & red ball of sweetness this Rosh Hashana:
1. Apple Chutney: The perfect partner for cheese and cold meats , plus it stores for weeks. Check out this simple recipe
2. Bake Them! It's totally simple & what a great desert ! Remove the cores, but not quite all the way to the bottom. Then fill the hole with brown sugar & butter or margarine. Put the apples into a baking tray and add 3/4 cup water. Bake at 375°F for 30-40 minutes, until soft. You wont be sorry!
3. Appletinis - why crunch when you can slurp? This one has some kick - mix 2 parts vodka &
1 part apple cider and lime juice with 1-2 parts ginger ale. Shake it up, and add a pinch of cayenne pepper, then pour into a Martini glass, with a couple of glace cherries.
4. Apple l'Chaim - Go healthy this Rosh Hashana!! Throw all these ingredients into a blender: 1 medium apple, 2 cups lettuce or spinach or other soft leafy green; add juice of 1/2 lemon;1 cup coconut water & a little fresh mint. Pour the drink over ice and enjoy.
5. Apple Crumble - In the dictionary under comfort food it ought to say "see apple crumble"! Here's a simple recipe that we've tried & it's OMG awesome!
6. Candy Apples: You are NEVER too old for candy Apples - they're so simple to make & way better than any you can buy!! Melt 1 1/4 cups cherry hard candies and 1 tablespoon light corn syrup in a small saucepan over medium heat (the mixture will be bubbly). Insert wooden sticks into 4 apples; dip in the candy coating. Set on oiled parchment paper to harden.
7. Waldorf Salad: Classic salad & the apple makes it perfect for your Rosh Hashana themed feast! Toss 1/2 cup sliced grapes, 2 chopped apples and 2 celery stalks, 1/4 cup mayonnaise , walnuts and parsley, and lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste. A classic Waldorf has sour cream too, but as Jews traditionally don't eat milk & meat at the same meal, this is optional. If you want to really give it a Rosh Hashana twist, sprinkle some pomegranate seeds on your salad as well.
8. Scary Apple Mouths: Its almost Halloween, so why not? Quarter and core a red apple; brush with lemon juice. Cut out a wedge from the skin side of each piece so it looks like a mouth. Fill with peanut or almond butter, then insert sliced almonds for "teeth." .
9. Apple Kugel: There's always a place for some proper Jewish food! Europe's Jews have been putting kugel on their plates for 800 years and we have found a really easy Rosh Hashanah Kugel recipe.
10. Apple & Honey: Last, but not least lets not forget the traditional Rosh Hashana custom of dipping apple in honey - I mean who doesn't love that combo !
However you end up enjoying your apples, all of the JU team want to wish you a sweet new year !