No matter what holiday we were celebrating, my family frequently found ways to incorporate Middle Eastern spices and flavors into the dishes. Honey sweetened the desserts, cinnamon, ginger and cardamom perfumed the baked goods and za'atar added a big punch of flavor to meats, salads and side dishes. It's a tradition I've continued with a well stocked spice cabinet and meals packed with the flavor they bring. Try some of these recipe ideas for your Easter meal and have a wonderful... holiday!
01 of 08
Start off the morning with fresh baked scones, perfumed with ginger and drizzled with a honey vanilla glaze. Guaranteed to give your day a sweet start. Get the recipe here.
02 of 08
Forgo a full breakfast in favor of the perfect quiche for a perfect Easter brunch. Eggs, tomatoes and cheese are perfectly encased in a flaky, buttery pastry. Serve with a small side salad to keep you satisfied until the big Easter feast at dinner. Get the recipe here.
03 of 08
In my family, we always started off holiday meals with a great soup. This creamy cauliflower version is flavored with aromatic cumin and topped with cumin roasted crunchy chickpeas instead of croutons. You'll be hooked. Get the recipe here.
04 of 08
Instead of spending hours preparing a full lamb roast, opt instead for individual lamb chops. Coated in flavorful za'atar they're just as delicious but much quicker and easier to make. Get the recipe here.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
05 of 08
Mashed potatoes might be the expected side dish at the big meal, but a plate of this wonderfully fragrant cardamom rice will change everybody's minds. Get the recipe here.
06 of 08
The potato lovers at the table will totally get their fix with these crispy, pan fried delights. Get the recipe here.
07 of 08
Everything tastes better with sauteed onions and these green beans get an extra boost of flavor from a topping of crunchy za'atar breadcrumbs. You'll never eat them any other way again. Get the recipe here.
08 of 08
Give your meal a sweat finish with this delicious cake, loaded with fresh pears and sweetened with honey and spices. Everybody will make room for at least one slice. Get the recipe here.
Add A Bit of Extra Flavor to Every Dish
Remember that not every dish on your Easter menu needs to be traditionally Middle Eastern but do add touches of different spice to your recipes and you'll love the extra flavor. Enjoy!