20 Easter Recipes from Around the World

Hot cross buns, lamb pies, and more delicious ways the world celebrates the springtime holiday

Around the world, a variety of dishes help commemorate the end of the Lenten fast. Whether you're whipping up a hearty Easter brunch or preparing a celebratory dinner feast, try your hand at some traditional Easter recipes from around the world. From global preparations of ham and lamb to Neapolitan pizza and Finnish pulla, we've got you covered with all the ways the world celebrates Easter.

Pizza Chiena

Pizza Chiena
Pizza ChienaFarideh Sadeghin

This Neapolitan savory pie, a traditional Easter Day treat filled with meat, cheese, and eggs, comes from Mary Mazzacco of Tinton Falls, New Jersey. Get the recipe for Pizza Chiena »

Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns
Hot Cross BunsLaura Sant

These sweet spiced buns, best when freshly hot out of the oven, are traditionally served on Easter, marked with a cross to symbolize Jesus's crucifixion. Get the recipe for Hot Cross Buns »

Greek Easter Soup

Greek Easter Soup
Greek Easter SoupFarideh Sadeghin

Our variation on a traditional Greek soup uses lamb shanks and shoulder, spring vegetables, herbs, and long-grain rice. Get the recipe for Greek Easter Soup »

Almond-Lemon Cake

Almond-Lemon Cake
Almond-Lemon CakeMatt Taylor-Gross

While you can drench this with lemon syrup, it's good enough to eat plain. Get the recipe for Almond-Lemon Cake »

Easter Lamb Pie

Easter Lamb Pie
Easter Lamb PieZoe Schaeffer

These moist lamb pies are popular in Sicily during Easter celebrations. Get the recipe for Easter Lamb Pie »

French Lemon Tart

Lemon Tart
Lemon TartFarideh Sadeghin

The crust for this simple, jammy lemon tart is very flaky. If you have dough left over after rolling out the shell, use it to make a crisscross pattern over the top. Get the recipe for French Lemon Tart »

Baked Eggs

BAKED EGGS
Baked EggsMatt Taylor-Gross

Baked eggs (sometimes called shirred eggs) are a simple, hearty breakfast. This recipe, which appeared in our special Breakfast issue (October 2008), produces firm whites and velvety yolks. Get the recipe for Baked Eggs »

Shaved Carrot Tart with Ricotta

carrot tart
Shaved Carrot Tart with RicottaPhotograph by Beth Galton | Food Styling by Mariana Velasquez

Piles of colorful carrot ribbons—which skew more savory than sweet, thanks to a lemony coriander-flecked dressing—come out of the oven glistening and retaining some of their bite. The keys to the couldn't-be-flakier crust beneath: keeping the ingredients as cold as possible, and not overhandling the dough. Leftovers of the tart can be refrigerated and recrisped in the oven the next day. Get the recipe for Shaved Carrot Tart with Ricotta »

Artichokes and Fava Beans (Aginares Me Koukia)

Artichokes and Fava Beans
Artichokes and Fava BeansFarideh Sadeghin

Tender artichoke hearts and fava beans pair beautifully in this simple Greek side dish. Get the recipe for Artichokes and Fava Beans (Aginares Me Koukia) »

Greek Easter Bread

Greek Easter Bread
Greek Easter BreadFarideh Sadeghin

This braided bread, which is probably Byzantine in origin, is traditionally perfumed with the essence of makhlepi, the seeds of Mediterranean wild cherries. Get the recipe for Greek Easter Bread »

Grilled Shrimp and Roasted Peppers

Grilled Shrimp
Grilled ShrimpMatt Taylor-Gross

This lighter shrimp salad recipe is a substitute for the more traditional, but heavier, Italian roasted-eel salad. Roasting large red bell peppers adds a smokier element to the tangy, cured shrimp. Get the recipe for Grilled Shrimp and Roasted Peppers »

Mâche & Egg Salad

Mache & Egg Salad
Mache & Egg SaladMatt Taylor-Gross

This simple, bold salad comes from Lidia Bastianich, who adds garlic in thick slices so they garlic-shy can pick it out easily. Get the recipe for Mâche & Egg Salad »

Paraguayan Chipa (Easter Breakfast Bread)

Paraguayan Chipa (Easter Breakfast Bread)
Paraguayan Chipa (Easter Breakfast Bread)Maxime Iattoni

Traditionally associated with Easter, this cheese bread from Paraguay has a dense chewy texture similar to the classic wheat bialys New Yorkers are so fond of. Get the recipe for Paraguayan Chipa (Easter Breakfast Bread) »

Bialy Barszcz (Polish White Borscht)

Bialy Barszcz (Polish White Borscht)
Bialy Barszcz (Polish White Borscht)Todd Coleman

The recipe for this Polish Easter soup calls for fresh horseradish, but it works just as well with the prepared version. Get the recipe for Bialy Barszcz (Polish White Borscht) »

Pulla (Braided Cardamom Bread)

Pulla (Braided Cardamom Bread)
Pulla (Braided Cardamom Bread)Todd Coleman

This braided, cardamom-spiced bread is a common Easter treat in Finland. It can be baked as both a single braided loaf and individual-size knots. Get the recipe for Pulla (Braided Cardamom Bread) »

Roasted Lamb with Rosemary (Arni me Dendrolivano)

Roasted Lamb with Rosemary (Arni me Dendrolivano)
Roasted Lamb with Rosemary (Arni me Dendrolivano)Penny De Los Santos

The technique of 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) »

Dolmades (Stuffed Grape Leaves)

Dolmades (Stuffed Grape Leaves)
Dolmades (Stuffed Grape Leaves)Anna Stockwell

Former SAVEUR editorial assistant Maria Xerakia's family makes these traditional Greek stuffed grape leaves for Easter at their home in Brooklyn, New York. Get the recipe for Dolmades (Stuffed Grape Leaves) »

Roast Leg of Lamb with Potatoes

Roast Leg of Lamb with Potatoes
Roast Leg of Lamb with PotatoesTodd Coleman

For this simple Sicilian Easter dish, Cosciotto di Agnello con Patate, a leg of lamb is roasted over a bed of potatoes. Get the recipe for Roast Leg of Lamb with Potatoes »

Ricotta and Roasted Pepper Frittata (Frittata con Ricotta e Peperoni)

Ricotta and Roasted Pepper Frittata (Frittata con Ricotta e Peperoni)
Ricotta and Roasted Pepper Frittata (Frittata con Ricotta e Peperoni)André Baranowski

Calabrians in Italy sometimes add sliced cured sausage to this popular frittata on Easter, to celebrate the end of Lent. Get the recipe for Ricotta and Roasted Pepper Frittata (Frittata con Ricotta e Peperoni) »

Eastertide Tart

Eastertide Tart
Eastertide TartZoe Schaeffer

This epic Genoese tart, filled with swiss chard (or, in some versions, artichokes), was traditionally made with 33 layers of dough—one for each year of Christ's life. Get the recipe for Eastertide Tart »