24 Easter Sunday Traditional Romanian Recipes To Enjoy- From appetizers to dessert, there is something for everyone to choose from, make and enjoy with family and friends!
Easter is celebrated in many countries worldwide, and if you are like me, you will cook like a storm for this beautiful event. Food connects me with my birthplace, Romania, where traditions are still powerful.
As I miss family and friends around holidays, I tend to cook traditional foods that help me connect emotionally and spiritually with my ancestors and my loved ones back in my native country.
In Romania, Easter is celebrated for three days, and preparations occur the entire week before Easter Sunday.
Almost 81% of the Romanian population is Christian Orthodox and belongs to the Romanian Orthodox Church. Pretty cool, right?
The most important tradition for Easter is to dye eggs. Initially, the eggs were always colored in red, but people started to use other colors over time.
Like many countries in Eastern Europe, painting eggs is considered an art. In many villages, painting the eggs takes time and lots of skills. These skills are passed from generation to generation.
The eggs are the centerpiece of the table, and they look beautiful.
Besides the eggs, we put many foods on the table, so I thought you might be interested to see a few of the things I make for Easter every year.
Remember the scene with the dinner when Toula’s mom was still peeling tones of potatoes before dinner with the in-laws? That would be me! We are very much like the characters from “My big fat Greek wedding”!
I cook a lot of food that could easily feed an army. I try to use lots of vegetables and greens for Easter.
After all, Easter is also the symbol of Spring when nature comes back to life, so the next item on the table would be, of course, a salad. You have some other choices on my list as well.
Roasted meats? This is always a tough choice. I am not a fan of ham, but I am a fan of pork.
I also don’t make a lot of turkeys either, besides Thanksgiving, and even then, because we have small crowds at the table, I end up making chicken or a small turkey breast.
No matter what kind of dessert we have, we always have coffee with it. In Romanian culture, coffee is always served after meals.
It is believed that coffee helps digestion, so you will see a recipe for my favorite Turkish coffee.
If I have guests, I try to make a few cookies or bars sitting on the table for people to enjoy with their coffee. Browse both collections and see if you can find anything you might like. I love the Jam And Walnuts Rugelach.
So, here are my ideas for Easter:
24 Easter Sunday Traditional Romanian Recipes To Enjoy
24 Recipes for Easter to serve you as inspiration. Each one of them is a little treasure that can elevate your menu to another level.
Easy Cheesy Crackers Recipe
Delicious cheesy crackers to serve if you have a buffet-style table. Great appetizers or snacks for Easter.
Romanian Beef Salad(Salata De Boeuf)
This is a traditional recipe of meat and vegetables with mayo that is very traditional among Romanians. This salad is festive and perfect for Easter.
Romanian Easter Meatloaf-Drob de Carne tocata cu legume
Festive Meatloaf- Romanian style, a dish made every year for the Orthodox Easter.
Meat, Potatoes And Feta Cheese Pie
Another good appetizer that can be served for Easter. Ground meat and potatoes with cheese all wrapped in phyllo dough. Amazing!
Romanian Perfect Easter Puff Pastry Minced Meat Pie Recipe
My go-to pastry for Easter. I serve this meat pie every year, and it is always a success.
Romanian Meatballs (Chiftele) Recipe
Delicious meatballs- Romanian style. Garlic, dill, spices in ground beef, pork, or a mixture of them.
Easy Chicken Breast "Schnitzel"
Maybe you are not in the mood to make a roast, or maybe you don't entertain this year, but you still have to eat. Try this recipe of Chicken Schnitzels- French style.
Romanian Meatballs Sour Soup (Ciorba De Perisoare)
Traditionally, Romanians eat lamb for Easter, so many people would serve a sour lamb soup to their guests. However, I am not a big fan of lamb, so I make this recipe instead.
Grilled Eggplant And Bell Pepper Salad
Grilled Eggplant and roasted bell pepper salad is a great appetizer that can be served with a fresh baguette.
Romanian Garlic Green Beans Salad
A wonderful salad that screams Spring and Summer. Perfect as a side dish.
Easy Creamy Spinach
This spinach recipe will be a great side dish if you serve it with roasted meats, like lamb, beef, or pork.
New Potatoes With Dill And Butter
New potatoes are great in Spring when they are also in season. Try this recipe with fresh dill.
Romanian Stuffed Grape Leaves-Dolmades
Stuffed grape leaves- Romanian style, delicious and perfect for Easter. The recipe has a tutorial on how to make them.
Roasted Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin
Festive and beautiful on the table, this roasted bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin is very easy to make.
Romanian Traditional Sweet Bread With Walnuts- Cozonac
Cozonac- A sweet bread that is always on the Romanian tables for Easter or Christmas.
Easy Romanian Traditional Easter Cheesecake
One of the most traditional desserts for Easter in Romania.
Charlotte Russe Cake- Classic European Recipe
This is a classic European dessert that you might fall in love with. Easter is a good opportunity to make it, but this cake stands out on any occasion, birthdays, Mother's Day, Christmas, or New Year's Eve.
Cream Cheese Lemon Coconut Cake
You have to try this cake. It is divine.
Romanian Traditional Sweet Cheese Pastries- Poale In Brau(Branzoaice)
Pastries are perfect not only for dessert but also for a great breakfast, a great snack, or a great light meal.
Meringue Farmer Cheese Cake
This recipe comes from Transylvania, and it is a classic dessert you would find in the Austro-Hungarian old cuisine.
No Bake Cheesecake with Berries
Nothing easier than this no-bake cheesecake to make for the occasion. It looks beautiful on the table, and it is also delicious.
Rum Raisins Cookies Recipe
These cookies are awesome! Try them to convince yourself!
Walnut Cake with Egg Yolk Glaze
A Transylvanian recipe that smartly uses ingredients. If you love walnuts, you have to try these bars.
Authentic Traditional Turkish Coffee
There is no Easter meal without a cup of coffee served with dessert. Try this authentic Turkish coffee that might surprise you with how easy it is to make.
This is it, my friends! Of course, these recipes are only some ideas that you can use!
The blog has many other wonderful recipes that are easy to make and delicious! I want you to know that we eat many leftovers in Romania because the Easter celebration lasts for three days, people cook more than just one meal.
They visit each other on Sunday Easter and the following Monday or Tuesday. And there is always food.
In many ways, we are overdoing it, I know, compared with other cultures. However, people love food, no matter where they are, so I hope you find something on my blog to enjoy with your family and friends!
And Happy Easter, everyone!