From tsoureki to galaktoboureko, consider Orthodox Easter sorted with some of our favorite Greek and Orthodox dishes.
Apr 11, 2017 2:00pm
From tsoureki to galaktoboureko, consider Orthodox Easter sorted with some of our favourite Greek and Orthodox dishes.
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GREEK EASTER BREAD (TSOUREKI)
Red eggs (the red symbolising Christ's blood) spell Easter to every Greek person. So adorning a tsoureki (or Greek brioche) with them is like putting ornaments on a Christmas tree.
BARBECUED GREEK LAMB CHOPS WITH MINTY SOFT FETA
An old-school chopped salad - think crisp lettuce, cucumber, spring onion, dill and mint dressed with white wine vinegar and grassy olive oil - is the perfect accompaniment to this barbecued lamb dish.
BUFFALO HALOUMI WITH LEMON, MINT AND SHALLOT SALAD
Buffalo haloumi is an amazing product, handmade and super-fresh. When you're cooking with a product like this, one of the key ingredients is restraint. Let it speak for itself, simple and barely adorned.
CHEESE AND MINT KALITSOUNIA
These kalitsounia are made all over Crete and every region has its distinct way of doing them. These cheese and mint kalitsounia, which are rectangular and small, are also used as a dessert or for breakfast, drizzled with honey or dusted with sugar.
EGGPLANT WITH BRAISED LAMB
The effort required for this slow-cooked lamb and eggplant combo puts it out of the realm of weeknight dinner, but try it when you have the time - its combination of flavours makes it well worth the effort.
Galaktoboureko is a much loved traditional Greek custard dessert that is sprinkled with melted butter and doused in sweet syrup. For maximum flavour, dust it with icing sugar or cinnamon.
Revani, named after 16th century libertine poet of the same name, is a deliciously fluffy semolina cake. While some choose to only drench it in syrup, we like it with a dusting of almonds and a side of yoghurt.
SAFFRON KULICH WITH CANDIED LEMON GLAZE
This Russian Easter bread is traditionally baked in a tall deep tin, but we've opted to braid it instead. The candied lemon glaze is a twist on tradition. In Russia, kulich is served with pashka, a sweetened fresh curd cheese.