Traditional Easter Dishes in Different Countries


Easter-food cEaster is a religious holiday celebrated by Christians all over the world. It is believed that on this day Jesus Christ rose from the dead (on the third day after his crucifixion). The whole week, called Holly Week, is dedicated to resurrection of Christ. This holiday has a lot of traditions, and one of them is Easter food. Main Easter dishes are paskha (special Easter bread), Easter Eggs, meat rolls, roasted meat, ham, and different sweets, like buns.

Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday after the full moon. Every year this date varies – between March 22 and April 25 by the Julian Calendar and between April 4 and May 8 by the Gregorian Calendar.

Easter is a family holiday. There are many traditions of celebrating it in different countries. But mostly people go to church, consecrate food, make family dinners or great picnics for friends, organize interesting games for children (for example, kids take baskets, search and pick Easter Eggs, which their parents have hidden). In most countries Easter Sunday is a day off, but some countries have the whole week vacation.

What to cook for Easter in your country

Easter Bread – paskha in Eastern Europe and sometimes in US, penia or pannetone in Italy. It is made of flour, eggs, butter, sugar and different optional ingredients (raisins, nuts, dried fruit etc.). Sometimes paskha is cooked of cottage-cheese.

Easter Eggs – hard-boiled eggs painted in bright colours or with pasted patterns and pictures. Also other egg dishes are cooked. Like stuffed eggs.

Meat. Usually people roast meat for Easter, make barbecues, cook meat rolls or ham. Very often they choose lamb, beef or pork. On Easter table there should obligatorily be some meat, because it is the end of long fasting.

Sweets. Of course, people cook some sweets for Easter. There can be different buns, pizzelle (Italian waffles), sweet rolls, cakes, biscuits etc. In US and Canada people cook hot cross buns, peeps and sweet bread. In Eastern Europe poppy seed rolls, babkas, kalaches and kuliches are popular. In Western Europe flaouna, koulourakia, pastiera, folars are cooked for Easter.

But actually you can cook anything you want for Easter dinner. There are no strict rules. As we managed, this day is the first day after great fasting, so you can cook meat even if you're very religious. Pick any favourite dishes and spend this holiday with your beloved family and friends.

Here are several Easter recipes for you

Meat dishes

Mince Kebab with Shredded lettuce

Steak Tartare

Pork Terrine

Swedish Meat Cakes

Lamb Chops with Green Peppercorn Glaze

Marinated Leg of Lamb with Cream Sauce

Devilled Steaks

Gammon with Cumberland Sauce

Sunday Roast Leg of Lamb

Stuffed beef roll

Roast suckling pig stuffed

Homemade sausage with onions

Meat Rolls


Egg dishes

Deviled eggs with bacon

Tomato-baked eggs

Eggs in herbal and mustard sauce

Stuffed eggs Creole

Deviled eggs with shrimps and radishes

Deviled eggs with sun-dried tomatoes and chives

In ovis apalis-Boiled Eggs


Sweet dishes

Apricot and nut-stuffed Fruit Bread

Grape bread


Carrot cake with frosted icing

Butterscotch Fudge Cake

Little Honey Buns

Chelsea buns

Fruit teabread

Semi-rich fruit cake

Eccles cakes

Speculaas Spiced biscuit

Honey cheesecake

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