What Are the Top 8 Jewish Foods?

What Are the Top 8 Jewish Foods?

July 30, 2019 0 By William Morgan


What are the top eight Jewish foods?
I hope you’re hungry because they are all delicious!
#8 Hamantaschen
It’s the best Jewish cookie!
Not that there’s much competition.
Named for the villain
of the Purim story Haman,
who wore a three-cornered hat
you can find a chocolate, cherry or apricot
but classic hamantaschen is always filled
with poppy seeds
#7 Potato Latkes
These are delicious fried potato
pancakes that you eat during Hanukkah.
But let’s be real here,
latkes can be enjoyed any time.
It turns out they’re an old Italian Jewish custom
from way back in the 14th century.
It is told that this is the first time Jews
fried pancakes to celebrate Hanukkah
only back then they were made of cheese.
#6 Matzo Ball Soup
For many matzo ball soup is an absolute
staple during Passover.
Matzo balls were originally called kneidelach, Yiddush for dumpling.
As Germans, Austrians and Alsatian immigrants came to the US in the 30s,
the Manischewitz company
released a kosher cookbook describing
the now famous matzo balls as
feathery balls Alsatian-style.
Historians have said it was likely early 20th century
American comedians that finally called
them matzo balls.
#5 Shakshuka
Served in an iron skillet
this is a hot dish of
simmered onions, garlic, bell peppers, tomatoes, spices
and with a few eggs dropped on top to cook.
Dip a bagel or french bread
in this classic Israeli breakfast.
Shakshuka was brought to Israel by North
African Jews where it’s a staple thanks
to Israel’s large North African Jewish
communities.
#4 Bourekas
Every culture has its stuffed pastry.
In Israel, these are called bourekasim
and they’re puff pastry stuffed with cheese, potatoes, veggies, meat whatever floats your boat.
These are appetizers and Israeli Street
food.
The perfect portable snack!
#3 Jelly Donuts
Also known as sufganiyot
which derives from the Hebrew word
for sponge which perfectly describes the
way they absorb oil.
Best eaten warm, sufganiyot
are often topped with powdered
sugar and practically melt in your mouth.
#2 Cholent
This is a fan favorite in the observant Jewish world
because it’s all about keeping Shabbat
and not using electricity to cook on
Saturday.
Cholent is a stew that you set
up on Friday afternoon before a
welcoming Shabbat.
You throw in beans, potatoes, garlic, barley, onions,
flanken, maybe eggs, maybe jachnun
and then your family’s ultra-secret spices or sauces
all into the pot
and let it cook for…
entirely too long.
Bust into the cholent on Saturday for lunch
after 12 plus hours of it smelling amazing.
Dun Dun Ta Da
#1 Challah Bread
Many might think of challah as that sweet and tasty
french toast they had at brunch last Sunday
but actually this beloved braided egg bread
is eaten at Shabbat dinners
around the world.
Some believe that the braid represents
the idea of unity
because on every Shabbat we dedicate
time out of our busy lives to come
together
to feast and rest before the start of the new week.
What’s your favorite Jewish food?
Did we miss one?
Let us know in the comments below.
Bete’avon! (Enjoy your meal in Hebrew)