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The Best Jewish Food

Updated November 22, 2019 7.4k votes 749 voters 18.1k views45 items

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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  • 1
    Latke
    315
    46
    Fried potato pancake, served with apple sauce or sour cream during Hanukkah
  • 2
    Challah
    267
    38
    Braided egg bread served during Shabbos
  • 3
    Bagel
    243
    30
  • 4
    Brisket
    267
    46
    Braised beef or veal
  • 5
    Matzah ball soup
    274
    53
    Dumplings traditionally served during Passover
  • 6
    Blintz
    234
    49
    (Russia) Thin egg pancake filled with cheese or fruit, fried in butter
  • 7
    Rugelach
    222
    45
    Flaky rolled pastry filled with chocolate or jam, spread with cinnamon sugar
  • 8
    Schnitzel
    216
    53
    Veal or chicken dipped in egg and fried
  • 9
    Lox
    221
    59

    Lox

    Thin slices of cured salmon
  • 10
    Knish
    193
    45
    (Russia) Fried or baked turnover filled with potato, meat, or cheese
  • 11
    Babka
    175
    44
    (Russia, Poland, Belarus) Cinnamon or chocolate and nuts baked into challah
  • 12
    Falafel
    161
    42

    Fried balls patties of spiced, mashed chickpeas or fava beans

     

  • 13
    Sufganiyah
    146
    35

    Sufganiyah

    Round jelly doughnut filled with jelly or custard, served during Hanukkah
  • 14
    Hamentashen
    165
    49

    Hamentashen

    Three-pointed pastries filled with jam, eaten during Purim
  • 15
    Kugel
    157
    49

    Kugel

    Sweet noodle or potato casserole with cheese, fruit, etc.
  • 16
    Apples & Honey
    141
    40

    Apples & Honey

    Traditionally eaten on Rosh Hashanah
  • 17
    Kreplach
    132
    42
    Boiled dumpling filled with meat, served in chicken broth
  • 18
    Charoset
    117
    44

    Charoset

    Mixture of apples, nuts, and cinnamon served during the Passover Seder 
  • 19
    Matzah Brei
    124
    55

    Matzah Brei

    Broken pieces of matzah soaked in eggs, fried, and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar
  • 20
    Macaroon
    133
    67
    Sweet cookies made of egg and almond or coconut
  • 21
    Matzah
    131
    65
    Unleavened bread eaten during Passover
  • 22
    Lekach
    96
    46

    Lekach

    Sponge cake made with honey, cinnamon, and tea
  • 23
    Bialy
    57
    16

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

  • 24
    Farfel
    88
    45

    Farfel

    Egg pasta shaped like small pellets
  • 25
    Mandel Bread
    97
    53

    Mandel Bread

    (Russia, Ukraine) Hard baked almond bread