Menu: A Mediterranean Easter Menu

The Menu

Greek Easter Bread
Greek Easter Bread (Tsouréki)

Tsoureki, a braided easter bread that is probably Byzantine in origin, gets its spicy kick from makhlepi, an essence made from the pits of wild cherries, and black cumin seeds. Red-dyed hard boiled eggs that symbolize the blood of Christ are usually tucked into the bread’s folds. Get the recipe for Greek Easter Bread (Tsouréki) »

Dolmades (Stuffed Grape Leaves)
Dolmades (Stuffed Grape Leaves)

Dolmades (Stuffed Grape Leaves)

Spanakopita recipe
Spanakopita (Spinach Pie)

This spanakopita is a savory Greek pie made with feta cheese, leeks, and dill. It fits in a 9″ x 13″ baking dish and is perfect for feeding a crowd. Get the Recipe for Spanakopita (Spinach Pie) »

Greek Easter Soup
Greek Easter Soup

Greek Easter Soup

Peas Braised with Dill and Onions

Dishes such as this one belong to the category of Greek cookery known as latherá, which, loosely translated, means “oil-based stews.” The liberal use of olive oil produces a surprisingly light and sweet side dish. **See the recipe for Peas Braised with Dill and Onions »**

Roasted Lamb with Rosemary (Arni me Dendrolivano)
Roasted Lamb with Rosemary (Arni me Dendrolivano)

Roasting lamb over a bed of rosemary sprigs lends this Greek classic a smoky, herbal flavor. Get the recipe for Roasted Lamb with Rosemary (Arni me Dendrolivano) »

Baklava Recipe

This Greek version of a favorite Middle Eastern sweet is always best made with commercial phyllo. Get the recipe for Baklava »

Orange Cake (Portokalopita)
Orange Cake (Portokalopita)

Chopped phyllo dough gives this orange-scented custard cake from Crete its layered texture. Get the recipe for Orange Cake (Portokalopita) » **

More About This Menu

  1. As an aperitif, you can't beat ouzo, the anise-flavored liqueur that is a specialty of Greece. For more on its history, see our article Ouzo—As Fine as Silk.

  2. Phyllo is essential to many Greek dishes, such as baklava and spanakopita. There are a number of different store-bought varieties, each best for a specific preparation—we've created a guide to choosing the best.

  3. Greek wine is a must with dinner. David Rosengarten's article 7 Reasons to Love Greek Wines has plenty of fantastic varieties to recommend from the rich wine tradition of Greece, ranging from crisp whites to light, balanced reds.

  4. Many Greek-American families roast lamb the traditional way for Easter. Here are some tips on roasting an easter lamb, Greek-style.

  5. In Greek Tradition Reborn, Diane Kochilas describes the Easters of her childhood growing up in an American center of Greek immigrant culture.

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