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The Best Jewish Food

Updated November 22, 2019 7.4k votes 759 voters 18.2k 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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  • Latke1
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    Fried potato pancake, served with apple sauce or sour cream during Hanukkah
  • Bagel2
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  • Challah3
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    39
    Braided egg bread served during Shabbos
  • Brisket4
    262
    45
    Braised beef or veal
  • Matzah ball soup5
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    Dumplings traditionally served during Passover
  • Rugelach6
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    Flaky rolled pastry filled with chocolate or jam, spread with cinnamon sugar
  • Blintz7
    227
    51
    (Russia) Thin egg pancake filled with cheese or fruit, fried in butter
  • Schnitzel8
    215
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    Veal or chicken dipped in egg and fried
  • Lox9
    219
    58

    Lox

    Thin slices of cured salmon
  • Knish10
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    (Russia) Fried or baked turnover filled with potato, meat, or cheese
  • Babka11
    174
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    (Russia, Poland, Belarus) Cinnamon or chocolate and nuts baked into challah
  • Falafel12
    165
    40

    Fried balls patties of spiced, mashed chickpeas or fava beans

     

  • Hamentashen13
    166
    48

    Hamentashen

    Three-pointed pastries filled with jam, eaten during Purim
  • Sufganiyah14
    146
    37

    Sufganiyah

    Round jelly doughnut filled with jelly or custard, served during Hanukkah
  • Apples & Honey15
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    40

    Apples & Honey

    Traditionally eaten on Rosh Hashanah
  • Kugel16
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    52

    Kugel

    Sweet noodle or potato casserole with cheese, fruit, etc.
  • Kreplach17
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    Boiled dumpling filled with meat, served in chicken broth
  • Charoset18
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    Charoset

    Mixture of apples, nuts, and cinnamon served during the Passover Seder 
  • Matzah Brei19
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    55

    Matzah Brei

    Broken pieces of matzah soaked in eggs, fried, and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar
  • Matzah20
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    Unleavened bread eaten during Passover
  • Macaroon21
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    Sweet cookies made of egg and almond or coconut
  • Lekach22
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    46

    Lekach

    Sponge cake made with honey, cinnamon, and tea
  • Farfel23
    87
    46

    Farfel

    Egg pasta shaped like small pellets
  • Bialy24
    55
    17

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

  • Mandel Bread25
    96
    54

    Mandel Bread

    (Russia, Ukraine) Hard baked almond bread