Growing up, Easter Sunday at Baba's was always a special time. In addition to the Easter chocolate we got at home Easter morning, we were also treated to a special Ukrainian feast! It was indeed, a great day. For Ukrainians, Easter is a time filled with rich traditions and delicious food. If you're looking to celebrate Ukrainian Easter in style, I've got you covered. I have rounded up a great selection of Ukrainian Easter recipes from my own recipe collection and from my fellow food bloggers.
I have many popular dishes, including traditional Ukrainian bread, other traditional Ukrainian Easter foods, as well as new favorites. There are recipes for cottage cheese Perogies, sweet yeast bread (paska and babka), kovbasa (Ukrainian sausage), and holubtsi (cabbage rolls) as well.
Easter eggs symbolize integrity. They are the basis of everything, the symbol of the Universe, spiritual fullness, prosperity, and movement.
Ham and sausage symbolize a fattened-up calf, which the father ordered to be slaughtered after his prodigal son returned home. It’s a symbol of forgiveness.
Baked Egg Noodle Casserole is a recipe from my childhood. Egg noodles baked with milk and eggs produce a custard like centre with a crunchy top. This was my favourite after school snack.
Ukrainians regard bread as one of the holiest of foods- it is a symbol of life. Not only is it brought to church on Easter Sunday as an offering, but bread is also used to greet honored guests at home; sweet breads are an Easter tradition.
Candles symbolize light and God's grace and doves are a symbolic celebration of spring!
In addition to the Ukrainian foods above, here are a few other foods that have significant symbolic meaning for Ukrainian people at Easter dinner:
Butter and cheese symbolize the connection between people and Jesus Christ. As a child receives life, strength, and energy from the mother’s milk, so Christians are enriched by Jesus with sacred energy.
Butter, often shaped into a lamb or a cross, is a symbol of Christ and reminds us of the goodness of Christ, and the importance of sharing with others.
My friend Susan has been carving these amazing butter lambs for Easter for years and hers are the best I have ever come across!
If you want to make your own butter lamb, check out this How to make a butter lamb video!
Salt is a symbol of the bitterness that every Christian should experience in cleansing themselves from sin. Salt consecrated at Easter is a protector from evil. It is believed that if the threshold is sprinkled with holy salt, no evil person will be able to enter the house.
Horseradish is a symbol of strength and health. It symbolizes a strong root that gives faith in the resurrection.
See each recipe for specific storage instructions.
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👪 Serving Size
The serving sizes are listed in each recipe, but with my recipes, you can half, double, or triple the recipe by clicking on the blue serving number and selecting the number of servings you'd like. The ingredient quantities will automatically adjust.
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove
- Never leave cooking food unattended
So if you're looking for the perfect recipes for your Easter table, you'll love this Easter meal recipe roundup!
And if you love Ukrainian food, be sure to check out my 25 Delicious Modern Twists on Traditional Ukrainian Recipes!
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