Easter is a big event in my family, starting with decorating and hunting eggs on Saturday, and ending with a big family meal on Sunday. On my side of the family, the southern contingent, Easter dinner is always roasted ham with all the sides, plus some kind of Easter themed dessert such as an Easter bunny cake or coconut cake, and a few years ago I began making chocolate Easter eggs with a variety of sweet fillings. In Michael’s family, the Polish/Italian contingent, their Easter feast includes kielbasa, ham, au gratin potatoes, green beans almandine, braided Easter bread with almonds and raisins, and a decorated butter lamb for the table. His mother’s family followed the Polish tradition of taking their Easter basket filled with food and decorated eggs (pisanka) to church for a blessing, and each item in the basket symbolized something about the Easter celebration.
I created a couple of Easter menus on Foodily, keeping in mind the traditions from each side of our family. My southern family would probably love this Easter menu with bourbon-orange glazed ham, braised green beans with ham & mushrooms, sour cream mashed potatoes, sweet potato buttermilk dinner rolls, and coconut cake with lemon cream cheese filling.
For Michael’s family, I chose a roasted spiral-sliced ham, roasted asparagus, potatoes au gratin, Parker House rolls, a pretty lemon cake with butterflies because his mom loves lemon desserts, and some babka as well.
What foods do you make for Easter?
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