Top 10 Middle Eastern Easter Foods

How to Incorporate Middle Eastern Cuisine Into Your Easter Dinner

Contrary to popular belief, not all Middle Eastern people are Muslim. Actually, statistics show that up to 70% of Middle Eastern people living in the U.S. are of the Christian faith. With Easter Sunday approaching, Middle Eastern Christians are busy preparing their Easter menus. Here are some great Easter dinner ideas with a Middle Eastern twist.
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    Leg of Lamb
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    This is the perfect recipe for those who have never cooked lamb but have always wanted to try. Lamb is one of the most flavorful meats you can find, and nicely absorbs whatever spices you choose to use with it. This particular recipe only calls for a few simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand. This is one lamb dish that you cannot go wrong with.

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    Crown Lamb Roast

    Crown Lamb Roast, Flickr CC 2.0

    A dish so fancy no one will ever know how easy it was to prepare! This elegant crown lamb roast is perfect for that special occasion dinner or a casual meal with the family. Mild seasoning adds delicious flavor to this dish that can be prepped and cooked in under and hour.

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    Hard Boiled Eggs

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    While hard boiling an egg may seem as simple as throwing some eggs in a pan of boiling water, I have a technique that will make the perfect hard boiled egg. Aside from being cooked properly, these eggs will be easy to peel.

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    Date Nut Bread

    Date and walnut loaf with some slices cut away and one of the slices buttered, knife and butter nearby
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    This is a wonderful bread that can be eaten any time of the day. Date nut bread is the perfect addition to a hot cup of coffee, as a light, after dinner dessert, or even as a quick breakfast on the go. Easy to make and homemade from scratch!

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    Stuffed Dates

    Stuffed Dates, Flickr CC 2.0

    A sweet treat to go with your next coffee break! Dates are stuffed with almonds or pecans, rolled in powdered sugar and popped in your mouth for a delicious fruit and nut combo!

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    Mahmoul Cookies, Flickr CC 2.0

    A popular cookie-like pastry during celebrations, Ma’amoul can be stuffed with a variety of nuts or dates. The ingredients are easy to come by and the dough is easy to prepare. You’ll find this pastry is so good you won’t want to reserve it just for special occasions!

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    Halva, Flickr CC 2.0

    Though there are many variations of halva recipes, this particular one hails from Iran. It requires only a handful of ingredients and can be prepared and finished in only twenty minutes. The perfect pastry that looks and tastes like it took all day to prepare!

  • 08 of 10
    Lamb Chop, James And James/Getty Images

    The recipe calls for a simple marinade and is perfect on both indoor and outdoor grills. Lamb is an extremely tasty meat that soaks up a marinade like no other. Grilled lamb chops can be served over rice or eaten alone for a tasty and healthy meal!

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  • 09 of 10


    Mechoui/Flickr CC 2.0

    Mechoui is a roasted leg of lamb from Morocco. A great recipe for beginners, Mechoui is one of the more tender cuts of lamb and will come out perfect every time. Mild seasoning makes this dish perfect for the whole family!

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    Spit Roasted Whole Baby Lamb

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    A unique dish popular in the Middle East. This recipe requires some tools you may not have in your kitchen, but should you ever venture to try roasting on a spit than this is the recipe to try it. Roasting on a spit requires time and effort but the results are worth it to have a meal you will never forget!