Thursday, April 21, 2011

What are you serving for Easter?

It’s Easter time again. Have you finalized your Easter menus? If you don’t know what to prepare, check our recipe list and select what suits your taste, but hurry, time is running out!

Here are some suggestions with links to the recipes.
Happy cooking - and - Happy Easter everyone! 



Chorag
Breakfast Suggestions:
Chorag, simit, lavash, Armenian string cheese, Easter eggs, olives, juice, coffee


Lamb Roast


Dinner Suggestions:
Appetizers: cheese or spinach boregs, hummus, eggplant spread, yalanchi
Entrée: Lamb roast or shish kebab- (no other meat will do!), fish plaki
Accompanimentspilaf of your choice, Armenian potato salad
Vegetables/saladEaster spinach salad**, Armenian salad
Dessert: Paklava, boorma, "Love Cake"
Beverages: TahnRose Water Cooler, Armenian coffee

** Here is a recipe for Easter Spinach Salad from Rose Baboian's 'Armenian-American Cook Book'; it is traditionally served on Easter.Yield: 4 to 5 servings
 
Ingredients:
10 to 12 oz. fresh spinach, washed and chopped
1/4 cup cold water
1 1/2 quarts (6 cups) plain madzooon (yogurt), drained
3/4 cup chopped parsley
1 small clove garlic, finely chopped
 2 tsp. salt
1/2 to 3/4 tsp. sugar

Directions:
  1. In a 2 quart pot place the washed, chopped spinach. Add the cold water and bring to a boil. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes until spinach is soft. Drain, cool, and set aside until ready to use.
  2. Drain the madzoon following these directions: Spread layers of cheesecloth in a colander which has been placed over a saucepan or a bowl. Pour madzoon inside the cloth. Let stand for about 2 to 3 hours or until thick, mixing with a spoon once every half hour. Liquid will drain through the cloth into the saucepan or bowl. Discard liquid. Use the thickened madzoon as directed in the recipe.
  3. In a pot mix together the chopped parsley, cooked spinach, drained madzoon, garlic, salt and sugar.

3 comments:

  1. In my family, two items are a must for Easter: the jajikh (similar to the Spinach salad you listed but made with green chard), and the peiaz, which is a dry salad made with diced hard-boiled eggs, spring (green) garlic, parsley, mint and of course salt and pepper.

    In addition, eojjah (little egg omelets with herbs fried in olive oil) and yogurt soup are traditional for the Easter Eve dinner (khetoom).

    I know that, in other parts of Armenia, it is traditional to serve rice with raisins.

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  2. An interesting article from ArmeniaNow magazine about this very topic. With pictures! :-)

    http://www.armenianow.com/features/mama_makes_it_better/22047/armenian_easter

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  3. How did I forget to include these?? Click on the recipe link in the right-hand column for our 'Armenian-style Easter Egg Salad', and 'Parsley, Onions, and Eggs'.
    Thanks for your comment Ara...always enlightening!

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