Jewish Food Tourney: #1 Matzah Ball Soup vs #8 Brisket

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Welcome to the Elite Eight (For your information, the NCAA stole that title from me). The first matchup is a pretty interesting one.

Why? Because while Matzah Ball Soup is the #1 Seed, it is actually only an appetizer for Shabbat dinner, whose main course is Brisket. The tension is building already.

Matzah Ball Soup destroyed #16 Haroset in the first round. Haroset is really the only part of the Seder I like, so I was hoping it would at least put up a good fight. I’m actually surprised that it got 25% of the vote.

Matzah Ball Soup is amazing. Sometimes people don’t put enough salt in it, but I don’t think that should tarnish its wonderful name and reputation. Also, I don’t get why sometimes people only serve one matzah ball. Matzah balls are not expensive to make. Why not make extra? Everyone loves them. Everyone.

Now #8 Brisket might be ranked a little low. I claimed that it was ranked this low because it isn’t necessarily a Jewish only food and that you can get away with serving it on Christmas.

People took issue with this. Just look at a note I recieved on my Facebook wall:

there’s absolutely no way any person has ever had brisket at christmas. ever. you made that up and in the process proved that the over/under on the amount of non-jewish friends you have is 3. And I’m taking the under.

I purposely left the sentences uncapitalized to portray my friend as dumb. How dare you question my Jewish food authority? And I have like 6 non-Jewish friends.

But perhaps he is right. After all, Brisket defeated Sufganiyot by an even larger margin than Matzah Ball Soup beat Haroset.

Voting will end tomorrow evening.

Posted on January 12, 2009

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