Sukkot 2023 begins in the evening of Friday, September 29, and lasts for a week. And since one of the main festivities of the holiday is eating meals with family and friends in makeshift huts or sukkahs, you’re probably looking for scrumptious recipes to take you through the holiday.
To help you out, we’ve rounded up our 7 favorite traditional and modern Sukkot recipes below, perfect for eating inside the sukkah and adding a festive touch to the holiday season!
Stuffed Apples for Sukkot (Photo: The Nosher)
There's a tradition to eat stuffed foods on Sukkot, to symbolize an overwhelming bounty and plenty - since Sukkot was, after all, originally a harvest holiday celebrating the natural bounty of the Land of Israel. And while you may think of apples and apple-based dishes as a Rosh Hashanah food, their abundance at this time of year in many of the regions where Jews have lived means they’ve made their way to Sukkot menus as well.
These stuffed apples work great as an appetizer, breakfast food, or a healthy dessert, or can be made more decadent with ice cream or whipped cream.
Honey Panko Salmon (Photo: Kosher.com)
Many Jewish families continue the honey theme from Rosh Hashanah into Sukkot, for a wish for a sweet New Year and joyous holiday season. The traditional honey shines through in this modern salmon dish that’ll wow your family and guests - it's filling, protein-rich, and delicious, yet quick and easy to make for even the busiest host!
Stuffed Cabbage for Sukkot (Photo: Bill Milne/The Nosher)
Stuffed cabbage is a traditional Ashkenazi dish for Sukkot, both due to the custom of stuffed foods and because the filled cabbage rolls resemble the shape of a Torah scroll or the Ten Commandments tablets - Biblical imagery that’s fitting for Sukkot itself or for the holiday of Simchat Torah which Sukkot directly feeds into.
And since cooking traditional stuffed cabbage can be time-consuming and labor-intensive, we’ve found the perfect solution for the modern Jewish family with this Instant Pot recipe!
Pumpkin Bourekas (Photo: Susan Barocas/The Nosher)
Bourekas are a classic Sephardi holiday and shabbat dish, and this pumpkin version, called bourekas de kalavasa, is particularly fitting for the fall holidays. While you may have already had pumpkin at a traditional Rosh Hashanah seder, this autumn vegetable works very well for Sukkot as well - and these tasty turnovers can be easily served in a sukkah, while reminding you of the holiday theme of celebrating nature’s bounty.
Squash Tart with Red Onions & Goat Cheese
You probably already know squash as a classic fall vegetable - and there’s really no other holiday that feels like fall as much as Sukkot, with its mid-autumn timing and the tradition of sitting and eating meals out in the elements in makeshift huts, which makes squash a fitting menu item for your holiday table. You’ll love this scrumptious recipe for a very autumn-tasting tart that complements the squash’s sweetness with the sharpness of red onions and goat cheese.
Traditional Apple & Pear Strudel for Sukkot
If you’re looking for a fall recipe that’s classic, vegan-friendly, and sure to please everyone, you need this yummy yet surprisingly easy apple and pear strudel! Strudels have been a beloved part of Jewish holiday and shabbat menus for generations, and taking advantage of the season’s bounty of apples and pears is more than fitting for the Sukkot holiday.
Kreplach in Chicken Soup (Photo: Jamie Geller)
There’s a tradition to eat kreplach, a type of stuffed dumpling found in Ashkenazi cuisine, on the seventh day of Sukkot which is also known as Hoshanah Rabbah. Kreplach are usually served in chicken soup, one of the most timeless and comforting of dishes - so it’s the perfect recipe to end our Sukkot list with, while wishing everyone a happy and healthy holiday!
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