It’s hard to imagine Easter Sunday without honey-glazed ham & chocolate bunnies, but all around the world history & culture have come together to create some truly unique & delectable Easter-time treats! Below are a wide variety of Easter meals, varying from sweet, salty, and all that lies between.
1. Eastertide Tart – Italy
This savory tart is typically made using up to 33 layers of flakey crust (to symbolize Jesus of Nazareth’s age), a rich mixture of Swiss Chard/Artichokes, Ricotta, Parmigiano-Reggiano, & completed with whole baked eggs. It’s not only delicious & filling, but looks spectacular when you cut into it!
2.Capirotada – Mexico
Served on Good Friday, Capirotada is a sweet & rich bread pudding made using nuts, cheese, fruits, and drizzled with homemade syrups. Recipes vary depending on region & personal tastes, but it’s always fun & colorful!
3.Bialy Barszca – Poland
Sometimes referred to as “Easter Soup,” this Polish White Borscht is a hearty meal made using kielbasa, leeks, garlic, sour cream, dill, & often topped with creamy hard-boiled eggs. Warm, filling, & perfect for what is often a rainy season in Poland.
4.Cape Malay Pickled Fish – South Africa
A flavorful meal of fish pickled with onions, ginger, garlic, cardamom, curry, thyme, & other spices, this dish is prepared at least 24 hours in advance to give the fish a powerful flavor. It is traditionally served cold with buttered brown bread on the side.
5.Pashka – Russia
This creamy custard-like dessert is made using sweet cheese, egg, whipping cream, candied fruit, nuts, & other ingredients forbidden during Lent. It is traditionally molded into a pyramid, & decorated with dried fruit, sliced almonds, and flowers.
6.Fesikh – Egypt
Fermented, dried, & salted grey mullet makes for a unique dish that originally signaled the beginning of Spring, but in recent times has come to be associated with Easter. Due to the preparation, it has an extremely strong taste & takes some getting used to, to say the least. It is served with Egyptian bread, diced onions, and plenty of lemons.
Osterchüechli – Switzerland
A light & simple pie filled with a heavenly mixture of vanilla, lemon, & almond. It can be made as a full-sized pie or adorable tarts. It’s often decorated with a dusting of powdered sugar, sometimes with a silhouette of a rabbit for an extra touch of Easter fun!
What’s a traditional dish at your family’s Easter celebrations? Would you try any of these unique dishes at Easter? Let us know!
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