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
Braided egg bread served during Shabbos
Californiaadam added Bagel
Braised beef or veal
Flaky rolled pastry filled with chocolate or jam, spread with cinnamon sugar
Matzah ball soup
Dumplings traditionally served during Passover
(Russia) Thin egg pancake filled with cheese or fruit, fried in butter
Veal or chicken dipped in egg and fried
(Russia, Poland, Belarus) Cinnamon or chocolate and nuts baked into challah
(Russia) Fried or baked turnover filled with potato, meat, or cheese
Thin slices of cured salmon
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), hummus and drizzled with tahini based sauces.
Three-pointed pastries filled with jam, eaten during Purim
Round jelly doughnut filled with jelly or custard, served during Hanukkah
Sweet noodle or potato casserole with cheese, fruit, etc.
Apples & Honey
Traditionally eaten on Rosh Hashanah
Boiled dumpling filled with meat, served in chicken broth
Broken pieces of matzah soaked in eggs, fried, and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar
Mixture of apples, nuts, and cinnamon served during the Passover Seder
Sweet cookies made of egg and almond or coconut
zxray added Israeli Breakfast
Cannot be beat!
Unleavened bread eaten during Passover
(Russia, Ukraine) Hard baked almond bread
Sponge cake made with honey, cinnamon, and tea
Egg pasta shaped like small pellets