ITALIAN FOOD RECIPES
Italian recipes for Easter: cakes and menu for Easter dinnerIn this page you can find Italian traditional recipes for Easter, with cakes and a menu for Ester dinner or lunch Italian style. It is also explained the symbolic value of each recipe.
Among all the Christian celebrations Easter is without any doubt the most important.
The Italian recipes for Easter dinner are influenced by this miraculous event and have a great symbolic value: the eggs are symbol of the regenerating life, so recipes with eggs are absolutely necessary, as symbolic representation of the transmutation.
For respecting this tradition you can start as Easter starters with the appetizer recipe quail eggs skewers and their special sauces. The other choice can be the eggs stuffed with tuna. Always with eggs we have the tagliatelle with ragout bolognese as fist course recipe.
The fish, as ikhtus (fish in Greek) was the symbol of Jesus Christ for the first persecuted Christians.
The fish for the holy week, if we want to respect the symbolism, should be with scales, but every kind of fish will be well. We have seen above as Easter starter the eggs stuffed with tuna, for an Easter first course recipe with fish we propose spaghetti with tub gurnard. An other choice, if you wish a very traditional recipe with eggs pasta, traditional pasta for Easter, are the tagliatelle with ragout bolognese
The lamb is an Easter recipe as remember of the pacific and voluntary sacrifice is the other ritual food, sometime substituted by the young goat, near for taste, but not so close to the Easter symbolism. As first course we propose an excellent traditional recipe of
Terni: gnocchi with sheep meat ragout , and as main course recipe we propose a light and tasty recipe lamb chops with herbs, or as other choice meatballs in tomato sauce For other recipes with lamb see our lamb, sheep and mutton recipes
To these food are added other from the pagan tradition, as the legumes since always representing the abundance, the rich meats of the pork, used for the ragout Bolognese and all the spring vegetables.
At the end of Easter dinner or lunch the most traditional Easter cake, the colomba, proposed in the classic recipe.
Among the great Easter cakes and desserts of the tradition I admit to prefer the Pastiera Napoletana.
Richer in flavor and taste, however less immediate in the symbolism: the colomba is made in this shape for remembering the celebration, the pastiera contains ingredients as the grain kernels and the eggs remembering the symbolism of Easter.
If Easter is the great celebration, the day after, Easter Monday (in Italian Angel's Monday for the Church and Pasquetta "little Easter" in spoken language) is the day for a picnic, with the kids running on the meadows and the adults enjoying the hot sun rays.
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