Along with chocolate bunnies, brightly colored eggs and baskets filled with grass, Easter brings the opportunity for a delicious family meal.
For Christians, Easter marks the end of Lent and the opportunity to once again put meat on the table. Lamb is the traditional meat, and not just for Christians, since spring is often when lamb becomes available.
Most of us don’t often think to prepare lamb, although there are many savory recipes for the meat. From stew to lamb meatloaf to rack of lamb, consider cooking lamb for your Easter celebration.
Ham has also become an Easter tradition. Pre-Christian Europe saw the pig as a symbol of good luck. Embracing that symbol, Europeans and Americans have put have onto the Easter menu. From sweet glazes to spicy chutney to flavorful mustards, there are boundless options to liven up your Easter ham.
Hot Cross Buns
Bread is also an Easter tradition, as bread is a tradition at most Christian feasts. When you think of Easter and spring, hot cross buns come to mind. The buns are named for the cross that is either cut into the top of the bun or is piped onto the pastry. They are typically served hot and have officially become known as “hot cross buns.” Epicurious offers a great recipe sure to add to your Easter menu.
You might be surprised to learn that the practice of decorating and then eating Easter eggs was inspired by religion. Eggs embody the essence of life – they represent life in various stages of development. As early as 5,000 B.C. eggs were colored red and given as signs of friendship at spring celebrations. Many churches have incorporated the egg – the shell is Christ’s tomb, the meat of the egg stands for the resurrection and hope of eternal life. Early decorations were usually religious in nature but have been replaced with bright spring colors.
Coloring the eggs is fun, but eating the eggs is even better. While deviled eggs the most popular use, consider using the hard-boiled eggs in salads, sauces and sandwiches, to name a few.
Don’t forget to call Serendipity to help you prepare for you next celebration. From lamb to ham to other globally inspired dishes, Serendipity is ready to cook for you!