Easter, for many Christians, is a time for celebrating the resurrection of Christ, but it is also a time when people come together to celebrate the coming of spring and new beginnings. As with most festivals, food plays a major role at Easter, with Easter eggs being the most instantly recognizable food. Let’s face it, we can’t resist a chocolate egg, we all enjoy a little over-indulgence at this time of the year! But what other foods are typical Easter foods? And what foods are traditional at Easter in different cultures around the world? We’ve created an Easter feast made up of different dishes typically eaten at Easter from around the world in order to bring you fresh inspiration this year! It’s time to get creative, and branch away from the go-to American Easter dishes, let us introduce you to some tasty ideas!
Starter: German Chervil Soup.
The Thursday before Easter Sunday is known as Gründonnerstag in Germany, which translates as “Green Thursday”. On this day, Germans typically eat green foods, and it is traditional to eat chervil soup, a light yet flavorsome and filling soup. Chervil, also known as French parsley, creates the main flavor running through this soup, which also consists of chicken stock, cream, onions and lots of freshly ground pepper. The delicious soup base can be topped with a range of tasty additions, including chopped boiled eggs, honey fried mushrooms, and even tasty pork meatballs!
Main: Polish Biała Kiełbasa.
Biała kiełbasa is a garlicky white sausage traditionally made from pork, beef, and veal and served with horseradish and mustard. The sausage can be boiled, grilled or even baked with more garlic! We recommend grilling for extra flavor and serving it up on a thick onion stew with a traditional crusty, Polish bread. This hearty meat sausage makes for a filling, warm and extremely tasty Easter main meal.
Dessert: Russian Paskha.
Paskha is a traditional style cheesecake made from the food products forbidden during Lent. It consists of rich Russian farmer’s cheese, cream, vanilla, and sugar. Regionally, the Paskha differs, with some areas preferring to add raisins, almonds and soured cream, whilst others typically use candied fruits and spices. However, some things always stay the same, including the white color which signifies the purity of Christ, and the pyramid shape of the cake which is said to represent the Tomb of Christ, did someone say ideal Easter dessert? You’d be right!
Easter Snack: Spanish Rosquillas.
In Spain, it is traditional to tuck into Easter treats called Rosquillas, which are fried or baked doughnuts made from a specially fermented flour. The Rosquilla varies widely from region to region, being flavored with herbs such as rosemary or being soaked in anise, cherry or plum based liqueur. This tasty treat is sure to be a hit at any Easter party and is a great alternative to Easter eggs and cake!
Easter from around the world can be a real melting pot of exciting flavors, textures, and colors. It’s amazing to think that this festival is celebrated in so many different ways around the world, but it is also an opportunity for us all to explore some new, exciting Easter cuisine!