Cuisine The Best Jewish Food  

Carly Kiel
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List Rules Foods that are closely associated with Jews and Jewish culture.

Lox & bagels, matzah ball soup, Manischewitz... Even if you've never set foot in a shul, you have probably tried some Jewish cuisine. Whether you're a casual Reform Jew or one that heads to temple every Shabbos, these types of foods have been passed through your family for generations, and they are still on the menu today. What makes a specific food "Jewish"? For starters, Jews all over the world make and eat it on Shabbat, holidays, and High Holy Days. Whether a traditional Jewish recipe, a Passover tradition, or part of a tasty Kosher dish, these classic Jewish foods are loved worldwide, not only by Jews, but by friends and neighbors, too. 

Some of the most delicious Jewish food include well-known dishes like kugel, brisket, and challah bread. And everyone knows about the Jewish penicillin: chicken noodle soup. But have you tried other pastries, like rugelach and blintz? And what kind of Hanukkah is complete without potato latkes? Vote up the best Jewish foods that you wish were part of every meal. 

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Potato pancake is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Jewish Food
Latke Fried potato pancake, served with apple sauce or sour cream during Hanukkah

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Challah is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Jewish Food
Challah Braided egg bread served during Shabbos

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Bagel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Jewish Food
Californiaadam added Bagel

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Matzah ball is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Jewish Food
Matzah ball soup Dumplings traditionally served during Passover

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Rugelach is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Jewish Food
Rugelach Flaky rolled pastry filled with chocolate or jam, spread with cinnamon sugar

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Brisket is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Jewish Food
Brisket Braised beef or veal

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Schnitzel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Jewish Food
Schnitzel Veal or chicken dipped in egg and fried

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Blintz is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Jewish Food
Blintz (Russia) Thin egg pancake filled with cheese or fruit, fried in butter

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Knish is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Jewish Food
Knish (Russia) Fried or baked turnover filled with potato, meat, or cheese

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Babka is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Jewish Food
Babka (Russia, Poland, Belarus) Cinnamon or chocolate and nuts baked into challah

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Falafel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Jewish Food
zxray added Falafel Fried balls or patties of spiced, mashed chickpeas or fava beans. commonly served in a pita, which acts as a pocket, or wrapped in a flatbread. The falafel balls are topped with salads, pickled vegetables, harif (hot sauce), ...

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Hamentashen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Jewish Food
Hamentashen Three-pointed pastries filled with jam, eaten during Purim

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Lox is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Jewish Food
Lox Thin slices of cured salmon

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Sufganiyah is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Jewish Food
Sufganiyah Round jelly doughnut filled with jelly or custard, served during Hanukkah

The Countries with the Best Food

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Kreplach is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Jewish Food
Kreplach Boiled dumpling filled with meat, served in chicken broth

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Kugel is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Jewish Food
Kugel Sweet noodle or potato casserole with cheese, fruit, etc.

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Apples & Honey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Jewish Food
Apples & Honey Traditionally eaten on Rosh Hashanah

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Matzah brei is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Jewish Food
Matzah Brei Broken pieces of matzah soaked in eggs, fried, and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar

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Charoset is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Jewish Food
Charoset Mixture of apples, nuts, and cinnamon served during the Passover Seder 

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Macaroon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Jewish Food
Macaroon Sweet cookies made of egg and almond or coconut

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Israeli Breakfast is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Jewish Food
zxray added Israeli Breakfast Cannot be beat!

The Best Relish Brands

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Matzo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Jewish Food
Matzah Unleavened bread eaten during Passover

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Lekach is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Jewish Food
Lekach Sponge cake made with honey, cinnamon, and tea

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Mandel Bread is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Jewish Food
Mandel Bread (Russia, Ukraine) Hard baked almond bread

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Farfel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Jewish Food
Farfel Egg pasta shaped like small pellets

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Soup Mandel is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Jewish Food
Soup Mandel Little mini croutons served with soup

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Bialy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Jewish Food
ultimateposer added bialy Bialy, a Yiddish word short for biały or bialystoker kuchen, from the city of Białystok in Poland, is a small roll that is a traditional dish in Polish and Polish Ashkenazi cuisine.   Unlike a bagel, which is boiled ...

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Shakshouka is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Jewish Food
zxray added Shakshouka Eggs poached in a sauce of tomatoes, chili peepers, and onions, often spiced with cumin.

The Most Comforting Comfort Food

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Kasha is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Jewish Food
Kasha Buckwheat groats cooked and served with fried onions and mushrooms

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Chopped liver is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Jewish Food
Chopped liver A wonderful delicacy that is used as an appetizer

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Sigarim is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Jewish Food
zxray added Sigarim Soft minced meat with onions and spices or mashed patato filling wrapped in phyllo-dough, and deep fried in oil or oven baked.

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Manischewitz is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Jewish Food
Manischewitz The leading brand of kosher wine

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Gefilte fish is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Jewish Food
Gefilte fish Fish stuffed with eggs, onions, and matzah meal, served during Passover

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Sabich is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Jewish Food
zxray added Sabich Served in pita bread, traditionally contains fried eggplant hard boiled eggs, hummus, tahini, Israeli Salad, boiled potatoes (in some versions), parsley and Amba. Traditionally it is made with haminados eggs, slow-cooked in ...

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Kibbeh is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Jewish Food
zxray added Kibbeh Made of bulgur, minced onions, and finely ground lean beef, lamb or goat meat with Middle-Eastern spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, allspice). The best-known variety is a torpedo-shaped fried croquette stuffed with cooked minced ...

The Worst Foods to Eat on a Date

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Chrain is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Jewish Food
Chrain Pickled horseradish chopped with beets

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Poke salad is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Jewish Food
BHinz added Poke salad

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Hummuschipsalat is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Jewish Food
zxray added Hummuschipsalat Pita stuffed with salad, french fries and hummus

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Borscht is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Jewish Food
Borscht (Ukraine) Beet soup served with sour cream

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Hamin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Jewish Food
zxray added Hamin Traditional Jewish stew, whole vegetables such as tomatoes, green peppers, eggplant halves and zucchini are stuffed with a mixture of beef and rice, and are then placed into the pot with meat or chicken and chickpeas, cumin and ...

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Salat Ḥatzilim B'mayonnaise is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Jewish Food
zxray added Salat Ḥatzilim B'mayonnaise Eggplant salad, the eggplant is sometimes grilled over an open flame so that the pulp has a smoky taste. Eggplant salads are also made with yogurt, or with feta cheese, chopped onion and tomato, or in the style of Romanian Jews, ...

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Memula’im is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Jewish Food
zxray added Memula’im Stuffed vegetables, are made with many varying flavors, such as spicy or sweet-and-sour, with ingredients such as bell peppers, chili peppers, figs, onion, artichoke bottoms, Swiss chard, beet, dried fruits, tomato, vine leaves, ...

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Arak is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Jewish Food
zxray added Arak Clear, colorless, unsweetened anise-flavored distilled alcoholic drink.

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Me'urav Yerushalmi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Jewish Food
zxray added Me'urav Yerushalmi Grilled meat dish consisting of chicken hearts, spleens and liver mixed with bits of lamb cooked on a flat grill, seasoned with onion, garlic, black pepper, cumin, turmeric and coriander.