Easter celebrations have traditionally been around our family dinner table. Food has a comforting way of bringing families together and a celebration of the Resurrection of Christ can be a great festival around the dinner table. So, the question then comes as to which food to serve at Easter? Lets have a look at some Easter food traditions!
Easter food menu
In a traditional Jewish celebration of the Passover, lamb is the meal of choice. Symbolizing God’s promise to the chosen people, a lamb was cooked and eaten, and the blood of the lamb was spread over the doorway to keep the family safe. God promised to the Jewish people that if the blood was on the door posts, He would pass over them and keep their first born children safe.
Easter food traditions: Easter Dinner
Today, most people serve a ham as the traditional feast for the Easter dinner table. Ham is easy to prepare and has for many become the one and only food to serve at the dinner table for Easter Sunday. Add to that a potato dish from scalloped potatoes, Twice Baked Bacon Potatoes, or Homemade Creamy Mashed Potatoes, and you have the perfect main course for the Easter feast. Easter signals to us the beginning of springtime, so cooks typically add spring vegetables to the dinner ranging from asparagus to green beans. Because this is a celebration, we typically see rich foods accompanying the main course.
Other alternatives to Easter dinner can include crispy turkey with all the fixings, or a prime rib of roast beef. Both of these entrees can bring with them different side dishes ranging from pasta salads to green salads and a variety of vegetable choices including corn, beets, peas and carrots, as well as cauliflower with cheese sauce.
Easter food traditions: Easter Desserts
Desserts too are very festive and signal the coming of the spring and summer seasons. I always thought that making coffee cake looked so difficult to do, but it is actually fairly easy to prepare and so tasteful! You can also add carrot to the coffee cake and your favourite nuts. We make this Carrot Coffee Cake Recipe every year for a traditional Easter food we serve our guests for dessert.
Fresh fruit typically fit into the pattern of Easter desserts with some form of chocolate and lots of whipped cream! Sponge cake or pound cake smothered in raspberries, strawberries, blackberries and blueberries, topped with whipped cream and drizzled with chocolate can be one form of dessert. Fruit pies topped with whipped cream or ice cream can be another option. Still, one can also see a warm pot of chocolate and strawberries, bananas, oranges, and more ready to be dipped and devoured.
Easter recipes for dinner
Easter food can bring its own traditions depending on one’s beliefs and attitudes. Planning and carrying out this wonderful dinner meal can be fun and rewarding, and you can even start your own Easter traditions. You will find below Easter recipes for dinner including appetizers, side dishes, main dishes, and desserts.
- Sweet Potato Easter Biscuits
- Easter Deviled Eggs
- Asparagus Puff Pastry Tart
- Super Easy Roast Turkey Dinner Recipe
- Mini Stuffed Pepper Carrots
- Pizza Giana Rustica
- Cheesy Zucchini Bake
- Roasted Parm Green Beans
- Roasted Asparagus Cesar Salad
- Cheesy Carrot Casserole
- Salmon Wellington
- Brown Sugar Glazed Spiral Ham
- Blancmange Filled Eggs
- Easter Egg Macarons
- Mini Egg Brownies
The point of the Easter celebration meal is to bring families together, so don’t forget the hardboiled and dyed eggs, the bread rolls, and the Easter candy. These are staples of the day, and you can plan your meal around Easter food traditions your family enjoys.