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What does your family eat on Easter?

Asked by JLeslie (54576points) April 11th, 2014

Does your family make the same traditional meal every year? I just realized that I have no idea what are typical Easter dishes. I’m sure it varies around the world, so let us know your country, or if the traditional meal is from a country other than your current one.

I’ve had jelly beans and chocolate bunnies, but I can’t remember having an Easter meal. I’m sure I must have had one, but it didn’t click with me I might have been served foods that were a tradition for the family I was with. The only thing that comes to my mind surrounding the holiday besides the candy is Polish Paczkis before lent begins.

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livelaughlove21's avatar

Ham, macaroni and cheese, deviled eggs, potato salad, mashed potatoes and gravy, and dinner rolls.

cookieman's avatar

Usually ham, lamb, and pasta.

I love a nice boneless leg of lamb. Ham, because not everyone likes lamb, and pasta because we’re Italian — and legally obligated.

Also (my favorite), pizzagaina

Smitha's avatar

Though am a Hindu, I do love to celebrate all festivals. Here in Kerala we have stringhoppers and chicken stew for breakfast along with caramailzed bananas and pancakes. Appam is also the most popular choice for Easter Breakfast. As an appetizer we make Tuna or chicken cutlets or Fried Shrimps. We prepare Fried Rice, Ghee Rice or Biriyani for a contemporary main course which is served along with some non veg curry. Desert will normally consist of Cake with Ice Cream/Whipped Cream or Fruit Salad.

Jonesn4burgers's avatar

Usually the chicken which probably laid the eggs we hid and sought earlier. Nothing like wiping out an entire family in one day. Ohhhh the irony! Mashed tators, sweet potatoes, sometimes homemade noodles, rolls, usually jello. Oh, and peas, and of course all after consuming mountains of marshmallow peeps.
@cookieman, “Legally obligated”, ha-ha! (You still can’t catch me!)

ragingloli's avatar

Whole rabbit (with head and all), served with a side of colourful eggs in a basket. ”Look at what I caught today

cookieman's avatar

@Smitha: The stringhoppers look amazing. What a great name too.

@Jonesn4burgers: ;^)

elbanditoroso's avatar

Either pizza or Chinese. We Jews don’t pay much attention to Easter meals.

Cruiser's avatar

Roasted leg of lamb with broasted potatoes, grilled veggies and Matzo Ball soup with German Chocolate Cherry Cake for desert. All homemade of course! yum!

JLeslie's avatar

@Cruiser I’m coming to your house! Yum! Sounds like that could be a Passover dinner. A really good Passover dinner. I came across this: article about the ten least awful foods for Passover and it cracked me up. I was searching for Passover food. That’s what led me to wondering about Easter meals.

Smitha's avatar

@cookieman Yes it looks great! It’s fun to watch the dough squeeze through a type of hand pump and extruding into very fine strings.

Cruiser's avatar

@JLeslie Our Passover dinner just went up a notch as I got to chatting with a customer recently and he turned out to be a Rabbi at a NY Jewish Temple/Community center and apparently they make hand made Shmurah Matzah, box and sell it to their community. He sent me a box and this stuff is the real deal. He also sent me a copy of their Seder that we will use for the meal on Sunday instead of Monday.

chyna's avatar

We used to have the whole huge dinner. Ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls, baked beans, scalloped potatoes, salad, cranberry sauce and at least 2 deserts.
After my mom died three years ago, my brother and I just have a ham and greenbeans. He cooks.
Miss my mom a lot during holidays.

JLeslie's avatar

I think I will do some sort of Easter meal this year. I’m going to ask my MIL what she used to serve and try to make it for my husband. I wonder if he will even notice. LOL. I guess it will depend on whether it was unusual food for the holiday. The foods she makes for Christmas are very specific to Christmas, she doesn’t make most of them at other times of the year. They are Mexican so it will be interesting to see what her answer is. For Passover I will just make some matzoh ball soup and maybe a brisket with potatoes and veggies. I might actually buy a box of matzoh, which I never do, and make some matzoh brei for breakfast. I’m feeling like doing more traditions even if it is done half way. I will do it a day early on Sunday also I think. Or, maybe save the big meal for the Saturday that falls during Passover.

zenvelo's avatar

When my dad was alive and my mom cooked, we always had a leg of lamb. When not with my family of origin, I have usually cooked a ham.

Last year I went out to dinner the night before and had the most wonderful lamb chops at a top end restaurant in San Francisco. That was my Easter feast.

rojo's avatar

eggs and rabbit, with a side of chocolate.

syz's avatar


downtide's avatar

There isn’t really any traditional Easter meal in the UK (unless you count hot cross buns and chocolate eggs) but as it’s always on a Sunday, most people would have a traditional Sunday Roast as they would on any other Sunday of the year.

Adagio's avatar

Like @downtide, I don’t believe there any traditional Easter meals in NZ, except, again just like him, hot cross buns and Easter eggs. My family certainly never had any special meals at Easter but we always had hot cross buns and Easter eggs, always. Easter would not have been Easter without Easter eggs.

BiZhen's avatar

We usually do not know the date of Easter, so we do not serve any special food. We are from China that is atheistic, and we do not observe Christian festivals.

downtide's avatar

@BiZhen There is a way to calculate the date of Easter. It is always the first Sunday following the first Full Moon after the Spring Equinox. This reveals that Easter originated as a pre-Christian festival.

BiZhen's avatar

@downtide, yes, all Christian festivals originated esewhere, and much of the Bible copies other myths. I have heard that some ultra-complicated watches give the date of Easter.

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