5 Traditional Easter Sunday Foods
Easter Sunday is a tradition celebrated throughout the Western hemisphere and in many Catholic households all over the world. Decorate your house with fresh spring home accessories like flower pots and pastel decorations, and celebrate this holiday with traditional Easter meals.
1) Roasted Lamb Leg
The most traditional food to serve at an Easter feast is a roasted leg of lamb. There are various ways to season it, but the most common recipes include garlic and rosemary, and most serve this meat with lots of potatoes, roots, and bright spring vegetables. Lamb has a twofold importance during the Easter season; it represents the "Lamb of God," as Jesus is referred to in the bible, and also represents sacrifice in the pagan rites of spring. Either way you slice it, lamb leg is a delicious and historical centerpiece for your spring meal.
2) Glazed Ham
In pre-Christian Europe, and at spring festivals, the pig was considered good luck. As a way to welcome spring, glazed ham adorns many Easter tables around the world. Ham slowly became a more affordable option through the United Kingdom, and roasted ham glazed with honey, spiced with cloves, and served with bright pineapple rings has become a traditional entrée for Easter in the states.
3) Blue Cheese Rack of Lamb
This is a favorite for those who want something a little more elegant than meat and potatoes, but still want to keep up Easter traditions. Try roasted or barbecued racks of lamb (or lamb leg), and then top them with a creamy blue cheese sauce made from scratch. Toss that under the broiler for a few minutes so the cheese can melt, and serve it with spring vegetables like roasted asparagus and a scalloped potato gratin (also called grand mere).
4) Eggs: Hardboiled,
Eggs are associated with rebirth, which makes them a natural menu item for the resurrection of Jesus in the Christian religion. Additionally, many years ago, eggs were not allowed during the forty days of lent, as they fell into the "meat" category, so they were considered a special treat on Easter. Many homes do not have breakfast on Easter, but instead have one large meal throughout the day, including egg salad made from the colored Easter eggs, or incorporating eggs in their hot cross buns. If you want to add eggs to your traditional Easter meal, you can make fun and unique deviled eggs to serve on Sunday.
5) Hot Cross Buns
According to An A-Z of Food & Drink, consuming special small cakes or buns around the beginning of spring (or a spring festival) dates back as early as the ancient Greeks. Spiced buns for Good Friday and Easter Sunday have been traditional Easter menu additions since at least the 1700s in the United Kingdom. The cross on the top of the bun symbolizes Jesus's crucifixion, but also lets out the steam rising within the bread. Nowadays you can find these sweet spiced buns at grocery stores and bakeries around the country leading up to Easter, or you can make them at home in a few hours.