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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311 43
Potato pancake is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Jewish Food
Fried potato pancake, served with apple sauce or sour cream during Hanukkah

2
252 37
Challah is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Jewish Food
Braided egg bread served during Shabbos

3
194 22
Bagel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Jewish Food
Californiaadam added

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251 48
Brisket is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Jewish Food
Braised beef or veal

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220 38
Rugelach is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Jewish Food
Flaky rolled pastry filled with chocolate or jam, spread with cinnamon sugar

6
260 53
Matzah ball is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Jewish Food
Dumplings traditionally served during Passover

7
222 43
Blintz is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Jewish Food
(Russia) Thin egg pancake filled with cheese or fruit, fried in butter

8
219 44
Schnitzel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Jewish Food
Veal or chicken dipped in egg and fried

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171 37
Babka is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Jewish Food
(Russia, Poland, Belarus) Cinnamon or chocolate and nuts baked into challah

10
185 45
Knish is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Jewish Food
(Russia) Fried or baked turnover filled with potato, meat, or cheese

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200 61
Lox is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Jewish Food
Lox
Thin slices of cured salmon

12
142 31
Falafel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Jewish Food
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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), hummus and drizzled with tahini based sauces.

13
159 42
Hamentashen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Jewish Food
Hamentashen
Three-pointed pastries filled with jam, eaten during Purim

14
137 37
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

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150 51
Kugel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Jewish Food
Kugel
Sweet noodle or potato casserole with cheese, fruit, etc.

16
129 43
Apples & Honey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Jewish Food
Apples & Honey
Traditionally eaten on Rosh Hashanah

17
127 42
Kreplach is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Jewish Food
Boiled dumpling filled with meat, served in chicken broth

18
122 53
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

19
108 45
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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130 66
Macaroon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Jewish Food
Sweet cookies made of egg and almond or coconut

21
89 37
Israeli Breakfast is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Jewish Food
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Cannot be beat!

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123 64
Matzo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Jewish Food
Unleavened bread eaten during Passover

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100 49
Mandel Bread is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Jewish Food
Mandel Bread
(Russia, Ukraine) Hard baked almond bread

24
93 45
Lekach is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Jewish Food
Lekach
Sponge cake made with honey, cinnamon, and tea

25
82 49
Farfel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Jewish Food
Farfel
Egg pasta shaped like small pellets