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