My Favorite Jewish Foods

I’m Jewish and a big part of my culture are the different kinds of foods. Foods are often used at certain holidays or are prayed over at Shabbat. There are hundreds of foods created originally by Jewish peoples, but I have a few personal favorites.

1. Latkes

Everyone THINKS they know latkes. However, I don’t think they do. Most people just assume latkes are like hashbrowns, but I can surely say that they are not. Hashbrowns are often softer and lighter in color, while latkes, when cooked correctly, are cruncyh and a dark shade of brown on the outside and a lighter yellow on the inside. Sadly, we only make Latkes at Hannukah, so I only get them once a year.

2. Challah

I LOVE challah. Every time my mom brings home a loaf of challah (on fridays, mostly for the Sabbath) I could nearly cry of happiness. Challah is an egg bread which is eaten traditionally only on Shabbat, with the blessing, “Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech haolam, Hamotzi lechem min haaretz.” It is technically not supposed to be eaten with meat or dairy, but it’s delicious with butter.

3. Matzah / Matzo

Matzah is a flat, bread like cracker which is eaten traditionally at Pesach, or Passover, to honor the fact that the Jewish people, while fleeing Egypt with Moses, did not have time to let their bread rise, so when it cooked, it became matzah. Matzah is delicious with nutella on top of it in a nutella-matzah sandwich (my personal favorite way to eat matzah at Passover)

4. Sweet Noodle Kuegel

Kuegel is a cassorle/pudding type thing cooked in the over which is traditionally made out of noodles or potatoes. My family has a recipe for Kuegel which we make basically whenever we want it. My family makes it using ingredients like cottage cheese, ricotta cheese, sour cream, and cream cheese. It’s most delicious when cold in my opinion and ours often has a dusting of cinnamon on top.

5. Bagels and Lox

Most people probably don’t know this, but bagels are Jewish in origin. Specifically they are from Poland, within Jewish communities. Most traditionally, Jewish people will eat a bagel with lox, which is a thin piece of salmon, because fish is kosher to eat with dairy products, which leads to many Jewish people enjoying their bagels with cream cheese.

Overall, the food of my culture is delicious. Jewish foods are tasty, and I have my own, personal favorites which I hope everyone gets to try.