Holidays are part of the year that I simply adore. The holidays are a period in which the family is gathered in one place; everyone tells what happened to them in the past year, we remember events from the past that left us fond memories. Easter is a particularly colorful and positive holiday. The house is filled with colorful Easter eggs, decorative bunnies on all sides, and most importantly the whole house smells of the easter dinner. Dinner is prepared with immense love and attention; the whole family sits at the table and simply enjoys the taste of tradition. We enjoy the love we share with our loved ones; we enjoy the time we have spent together, and most importantly, at least for a moment we forget about every day worries.
But very often some of us know how to ask ourselves what should actually be prepared for dinner during Easter. So, this text will answer that question briefly and will leave you extra space to enjoy with your loved ones, not to think about what to cook.
The Beauty of the Easter Dinner
Easter Food Traditions
People has been celebrating Easter for millennia. And that is why there are countless easter food traditions, which vary from place to place. The first traditional dish that we all recognize at Easter is hard-boiled eggs that are painted in different colors on the outside. Such eggs symbolize fertility and new life. They represent the tomb where Jesus Christ was after he was crucified. They stand as a symbol of the possibility of new life and the erasure of sins. Eggs have been chosen to carry such symbolism because it is believed that just as a chicken can give life to an egg, so can a human being be reborn.
The second dish that is also a symbol of Easter in many traditions is roast lamb. The significance of this dish during the Easter holidays and deeply rooted in Christianity itself, ie the roast beef, symbolically represents the sacrifice of Jesus Christ or his self-sacrifice called the “Lamb of God”. The next dish that is characteristic of Easter is ham. This meat has no hidden symbolism but is simply a dish brought with the progress of history and humanity, and because of its rich taste, this meat is popular all over the world.
Next on the list of traditional dishes prepared for Easter dinner are the hot cross buns. They directly symbolize the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on the cross.
One Pan Easter Lamb
Because beef is one of the key traditions for the Easter holidays, in addition, I will tell you a recipe for how to prepare this dish and how not to leave anyone indifferent to its taste. Ingredients for this dish are the following: 1.6 kg lamb, 50 ml olive oil, 3 sprigs oregano, 4 sprigs rosemary, 1 lemon, 1 garlic clove, 1 red chili, 1kg potatoes, 3 fennel bulbs, 250 ml white wine, 250 ml chicken stock. Make a few cut lines in the meat with a knife. Mix together the oregano, rosemary, and lemon zest. Coat all the meat with this mixture and put it nicely in the cut lines that you made before. The next step is to preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
While the oven is heating, put the garlic, chili, potatoes, fennel, and rosemary in a baking pan. Sprinkle with olive oil and season. Put the meat on top and bake for 45 minutes. Then add the wine and the chicken stock and continue baking for another 30 minutes. Remove the meat and lower the oven to 160 degrees. While the meat is standing, cover the vegetables with foil and return them to the oven. After 10 minutes, take the vegetables out of the oven, put the meat in its original position and you are ready to serve!
Easter Dinner on a Budget
Traditional dishes require a lot of attention and time to prepare but also require a solid amount of financial resources. That’s why in this section we have prepared a few ideas that you can use if you have easter dinner on a budget. The first dish on this list, which is easy to prepare and not very expensive, is ham and potato casserole. To prepare this dish you will need ham, potatoes, carrots, celery, mushrooms, bell pepper, onion, flour, milk, cheddar cheese, and bread crumbs.
The second dish you can prepare if you are on a budget is pineapple roasted chicken. All you have to do to prepare this dish is to cut two onions in a baking pan and put them in the pan. The next thing you need to do is season the chicken and sprinkle it with lemon juice. Place the rest of the lemon under the chicken in the roasting pan. The same is done with lime and orange. The next step is to put a few pieces of bacon on the chicken, and on those pieces of bacon to put pineapple circles. Bake at a temperature of 425 degrees for about 45 minutes.
The Easter holidays are a great example of a holiday that brings the whole family together in one place. It is a great excuse to see our loved ones that we have not seen for a long time due to the huge number of responsibilities imposed on us by everyday life. And most importantly, the Easter holidays are a great excuse to enjoy well-prepared food; especially to enjoy the taste of the easter dinner. As you have seen in this text, there are a huge number of traditional Easter dishes that vary from culture to culture. However, there are also dishes that with their symbolism are present in all cultures.
These dishes have their own symbolism and in their own way represent what Easter really means – rebirth and the opportunity for a new life. Such dishes can often be expensive and not everyone can afford them. That is why in this text we have offered you two alternatives to traditional dishes that will not leave anyone indifferent to their taste. So prepare the colored eggs and let the colorfulness and happiness of the new life enter your home. And, enjoy the wonderful tastes of Easter food with your family!