Miriam Kersh prepares this chicken sofrito annually during Rosh Hashanah.

Miriam Kersh prepares this chicken sofrito annually during Rosh Hashanah. (Photo/Courtesy Miriam Kersh)

Latino-Jewish recipes for Rosh Hashanah

The Jewish New Year – Rosh Hashanah – begins on sundown this Wednesday. From dusk on Sept. 4 through the evening of Sept. 6, observant Jews around the world will gather in synagogues and at home to repent for the sins of the year past and to observe the new year to come.

To celebrate Jews with Latino heritage throughout Latin America – Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Puerto Rico and Bolivia are all home to sizeable Jewish communities – we’re featuring some of our favorite Latino-Jewish recipes for Rosh Hashanah. From Israeli blogger Miriam Kresh’s family recipe for chicken sofrito that’s a staple on her Rosh Hashanah table to our very own food writer Betty Cortina’s recipe for an almond-orange flan that’s helped her forge a deep connection to her Jewish in-laws while preserving her Cuban heritage, here are some Latino-Jewish recipes perfect for serving during your holiday celebration. L’shanah tovah (to you and yours, that means Happy New Year)!

Chicken Sofrito

Miriam Kersh prepares this chicken sofrito annually during Rosh Hashanah.

Miriam Kersh prepares this chicken sofrito annually during Rosh Hashanah. (Photo/Courtesy Miriam Kersh)

Stewed or braised chicken is a Rosh Hashanah staple for many families, but Miriam Kersh – the blogger behind Israeli Kitchen – prepares hers with a characteristically Latin American sofrito, rich with garlic, saffron and ginger. Click here for the recipe. Want to round out your holiday menu? Click here to get Kersh’s recipes for honey chiffon cake and sweet potato and lentil salad, both ideal for preparing ahead of time and pulling out just in time for your family meal.

Sufganiyot

Sufganiyot are classic Jewish donuts eaten during Hahukkan. These, filled with guava, are given a Latin twist. (Photo/Betty Cortina)

Sufganiyot are classic Jewish donuts eaten during Hahukkan. These, filled with guava, are given a Latin twist. (Photo/Betty Cortina)

Sufganiyot — a type of jelly-filled donut — is typically prepared and eaten during Channukah, but we love any excuse to prepare this recipe by Colombian-Jewish chef Sam Gorenstein. He gives credit to his mother for inspiring this Jewish classic, made utterly Latino with fillings of sweet guava jelly and creamy dulce de leche. Click here for the recipe. 

Almond-orange flan

Not your average flan, this one's made with almond milk and orange juice—perfect for Hanukkah or any holiday party. (Photo/Betty Cortina)

Not your average flan, this one’s made with almond milk and orange juice—perfect for Hanukkah or any holiday party. (Photo/Betty Cortina)

During the Jewish New Year, sweet foods — think honey and apples — are traditionally consumed to represent hopes for a sweet year. This flan — made with almond milk and orange juice, perfect for those keeping Kosher – is perfect way to say goodbye to the old and welcome the new with prayers for a sweet, prosperous and blessed new year. Click here for the recipe.

The Cuban Reuben

Continue your celebration of National Sandwich Month with this Cuban twist on the traditional Reuben sandwich.

Continue your celebration of National Sandwich Month with this Cuban twist on the traditional Reuben sandwich. (Photo/Courtesy Jennifer Stempel)

We love sandwiches. There, we said it. And while a sandwich based on a New York deli favorite is hardly traditional during Rosh Hashanah, there’s just something about digging in the fridge for the fixings for this easy, comforting sandwich that presents a Jewish take on the classic Reuben sandwich. Click here for the recipe. 

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