I love hearing about all ethnic celebratory foods. In my italian family, Easter has its own set of recipes all during lent. A few in particular....
> Start making the day before Good Friday...Ive heard it called many difffernt names..but my aunt calls it "Pastia"..cooked thick spaghetti with a hole going thru it is soaked over night in milk, then a dozen eggs and 1 cup of parmesan cheese is whisked into it. Seasoned with black pepper and cooked for an hour in a bain marie....almost like a parmesan custard. This is a staple of the Good Friday Meal.
>Good Friday itself is for the production fo assorted meat pies. Anything from Piiza Chena ( sort of stuffed pizza) which every family claims to to have the best of. Anything goes here, proscuito, pancetta, sausage, soppresata, pepperoni, hard boiled eggs, raw eggs, ham, capicola. Ive learned to tell each family that theirs is best...lol...we all know mine is...These pies can weight up to 20 pounds. Another is the Torat Rustica, more like a savory cheesecake with the meats chopped throughout.
>On the sweeter side...my mom is the maker of the "farina pie" translated to that from something that sounds like"miatche".. Very silky smooth crustless pie that is vanilla scented. Ricotta pies that have a buttery crust and some pineapple running through. My absolute favorite is the neopolitan wheat pie. Creamy custard and ricotta combined with cooled wheat berries in a buttery orange cake like crust.. Lest we forget the honey coated struffuli....yum! The easter breads with the dyed eggs baked in..never really appealed to me.. but seem locked in the tradtions of making them. Another specail cookie made for easter we called "Taralli" I have seen many many versions of these. most of them kind of hard and crunchy. The ones we make are more cake like with a whipped eggwhite glaze that is scented with anise. These things are additive after a big meal.
Id love to hear from any eastern europeans, latinos , Israealii's or anyone with a specailty that is native to their Easter. ! Love the"secret" family recipes!! Have a great Holiday all.
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