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The Best Jewish Food

List RulesFoods 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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    Fried potato pancake, served with apple sauce or sour cream during Hanukkah
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    30
  • 258
    38
    Braided egg bread served during Shabbos
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    44
    Braised beef or veal
  • Flaky rolled pastry filled with chocolate or jam, spread with cinnamon sugar
  • Dumplings traditionally served during Passover
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    50
    (Russia) Thin egg pancake filled with cheese or fruit, fried in butter
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    41
    (Russia) Fried or baked turnover filled with potato, meat, or cheese
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    (Russia, Poland, Belarus) Cinnamon or chocolate and nuts baked into challah
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    212
    56

    Lox

    Thin slices of cured salmon
  • Veal or chicken dipped in egg and fried
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    42

    Fried balls patties of spiced, mashed chickpeas or fava beans

     

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    164
    45

    Hamentashen

    Three-pointed pastries filled with jam, eaten during Purim
  • 16
    139
    38

    Sufganiyah

    Round jelly doughnut filled with jelly or custard, served during Hanukkah
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    135
    40

    Apples & Honey

    Traditionally eaten on Rosh Hashanah
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    150
    52

    Kugel

    Sweet noodle or potato casserole with cheese, fruit, etc.
  • 60
    19

    (Poland) A small baked roll with a depression in the middle filled with diced onions, garlic, poppy seeds, or bread crumbs

  • Boiled dumpling filled with meat, served in chicken broth
  • 21
    112
    45

    Charoset

    Mixture of apples, nuts, and cinnamon served during the Passover Seder 
  • 22
    122
    53

    Matzah Brei

    Broken pieces of matzah soaked in eggs, fried, and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar
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    94
    45

    Lekach

    Sponge cake made with honey, cinnamon, and tea
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    87
    43

    Farfel

    Egg pasta shaped like small pellets
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    Unleavened bread eaten during Passover