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April 16, 2019
The tastiest Easter is here!

There are only a few days left until Easter. And I bet you’re already thinking of what you are going to bake, cook, or roast for the Easter Sunday get-together. This is actually the reason why I decided to write this diary…to tell you all about the Easter traditions that we have here in Greece regarding cooking; they’re plenty and so delicious! We dye eggs, we bake a yummy sweet bread (the so-called tsoureki), and many other treats for our Easter table! So, where should we start from? “From the decoration and the gifts”, I will answer you. In fact, I’ll talk to you about the…edible gifts! The first thing that springs to mind? A gift basket with three traditional treats, all homemade of course:

Greek sweet bread – Tsoureki

Greek sweet bread - Tsoureki by the Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

Red Easter eggs

Red Easter eggs by the Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

Greek Easter cookies

Greek Easter cookies by the Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

Just try them, and you’ll see that your house will be filled with aromas! Then, you can decorate your table with them, and why not make some extra, put them in gift baskets, accompany them with a greeting card, and give them to your loved ones. What else do we do here in Greece? We give chocolate eggs as gifts to our godchildren! And what better than a handmade chocolate egg filled with love and treats? You can even stuff it with smaller presents and sweet surprises!

Chocolate Easter egg

Chocolate Easter egg by the Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

I think that now is the time to get to the main dishes. In Greece, we host two get-togethers during Easter: one on Great Saturday and on Easter Sunday. And they both have their own traditional dishes. The recipes? Countless…with plenty of variations, for every taste. You will find most of them at my website – all tested and delicious. But, since I want to give you a taste of the classic Greek Easter, I decided to show you here some of the all-time favorite dishes, along with some more original ones. What do you think? Shall we take a look at them one by one?

So, first we have the Greek Easter soup – Magiritsa! There are people who can’t wait for the Great Saturday to enjoy it, while others can’t even taste it in its classic, traditional version. The good news? I have recipes for both groups of people!

Greek Easter soup – Magiritsa

Greek Easter soup - Magiritsa by the Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

Greek Easter soup with chicken - Magiritsa

Greek Easter soup with chicken - Magiritsa by the Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

Vegan Greek Easter soup - Magiritsa

Vegan Greek Easter soup - Magiritsa by the Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

The trademark of the Greek Easter Sunday? Lamb! The most classic recipe that can be prepared in so many ways…

Greek roasted lamb from Crete

Greek roasted lamb from Crete by the Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

Greek lamb kleftiko

Greek lamb kleftiko by the Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

Roasted stuffed lamb from Thrace 

Roasted stuffed lamb from Thrace by the Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

Of course, let’s not forget the classic, traditional way: spit-roasted, accompanied by kokoretsi (lamb pluck on skewers) and kontosouvli (pork). I’m making all these recipes for you, so that you will be able to celebrate Easter…like Greeks this year!

Lastly, a yummy dessert that couldn’t be missing from our table…Melitinia! They are sweet cheese pastries, mainly made in the Cyclades islands and specifically in Santorini. An utterly traditional dessert that will definitely…sweeten your Easter.

Santorini's sweet cheese pastries - Melitinia 

Santorini's sweet cheese pastries - Melitinia by the Greek chef Akis Petretzikis

I don’t what you think, but I got hungry just by writing this diary. I really wish that this Easter will be the tastiest ever! I can’t wait to see your creations – I’m sure they’ll all be unique!

Happy Easter everyone :-)

Akis

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