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Salmon in a Puff Pastry

Fish is another favorite entree during Shavuot and this delicious puff pastry is a good way to entice children to eat fish.

Shakshouka (Egg in Tomato Sauce)

A Sephardi favorite. No Middle Eastern restaurant menu is complete without it, though Hungarians also delight in this dish with the addition of lots of paprika. Leshakshek means "to shake" in Hebrew. Every cook from North Africa has his or her own personal version of this egg and tomato dish.

Shishlik

The simple method of preparing meat on an open grill goes back to ancient biblical times. To this day, Israelis tend to prefer their meat prepared in this manner. Shishlik is one of the most popular dishes requested at restaurants.

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Spinach Jibben

This spinach and cheese casserole is another favorite for serving at Shavuot.

Sufganiot (Donuts)

Sufganiyot (Doughnuts)

This special treat is served in every Israeli store, and sufganiyot (deep fried doughnuts) are consumed by all.

Sweet Round Challah

The traditional holiday and Sabbath bread called challah is usually braided all year long.  On the High Holidays, we make the challah round instead in order to symbolize a whole and perfect year ahead of us.

Tehina

A typical dish of the Orient brought to Israel by Jewish refugees from Arab countries. Tehina is a thick dip with sesame seeds as its base. It is often used as a topping for falafel and other dishes.

Tzimmes

Tzimmes is any kind of sweet stew. It usually is orange in color, and includes carrots, sweet potatoes and/or prunes. A wide variety of dishes fall under the heading tzimmes.

Vegetable Salad

The idea of salad for breakfast is probably a little strange to North Americans. But this trademark Mediterranean salad is enjoyed by Israelis three times a day -- breakfast, lunch, and dinner -- regardless of whether they are from Russia, Morocco, Yemen, or the United States.

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