Traditional Easter Meals

Every year, Americans gather around to celebrate the Easter holiday. Although the holiday itself is Christian, many non-Christian Americans participate in some type of celebration. In fact, an estimated 80% celebrate in some way, shape or form. Most commonly, families and friends get together around a table, 15% dine out as well. Whether they gather for a brunch after church or a large family dinner, make sure your restaurant is prepared.

Easter Brunch

Common among households with young children are Easter eggs. These eggs, usually decorated the week prior, make an easy breakfast item. In a restaurant setting, serve different types of eggs, and leave the decorated variety for decoration. A delicious way to serve eggs in spring-fashion is through asparagus or spring greens quiche. On the sweeter side of breakfast, try to incorporate eggs in French toast; a brunch classic.

Easter Dinner

Although served most commonly on Good Friday, hot cross buns are one of the most traditional holiday dishes. These sweet buns are filled with currants or raisins and topped with icing in the shape of a cross to symbolize

Jesus’ death. Another common bread served during the holiday is Italian Easter bread. Shaped as a wreath to symbolize the crown of thorns worn by Jesus; the Italians placed colored eggs on the outside and baked with the bread. Adding these breads to the menu is a way to serve traditional meals at your restaurant.

As a main dish, ham or lamb is the traditional meat of choice. The Hebrews always sacrificed a lamb. However, as they converted to Christianity, they continued celebrating with Lamb. As time passed and migration continued in the United States, eating lamb became less common. Slaughter occurred in the fall and with lack of refrigeration, curing of meat took place. The only meat available during this time was the cured ham, hence the new tradition.  Highlighting ham or lamb on a menu is a great way to attract customers to your restaurant.

Easter Dessert

Although nothing has developed throughout the years as a traditional Easter dessert, many sweet treats are common at the table. Many families eat cakes and pies, especially with fruity flavors since the holiday usually falls at the arrival of spring. Chocolate bunnies are ever popular in Easter baskets. Incorporating smaller versions of the bunnies as cake decorations is also a great way to include this Easter classic.

As Easter Sunday rolls around, think about adding traditional dishes to your menu. Customers will likely dine all throughout the day as brunch and dinner are both common meals. Whether you serve Easter bread or hot cross buns, lamb or ham; your restaurant patrons will surely enjoy the holiday.