A Spanish Easter Sunday Menu

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    An Easter Appetizer

    Calamares fritos
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    In Spain, the community celebrates Semana Santa (Holy Week) leading up to Easter. Each region has its own traditions, from throwing religious and military parades, to putting on events that depict scenes from the Passion of Christ. Of all the varied customs, food is at the center of the festivities. Because Catholics were traditionally not supposed to eat meat, seafood became a prime main dish. Popular Andalusian dishes include garbanzos con bacaloa (chickpea and cod stew) and garbanzos con espinacas (chickpeas with spinach and garlic).

    A Spanish Easter Sunday Menu

    If you are planning an Easter Day menu, going with a Spanish theme can offer a different cultural perspective that puts a new taste in your mouth. A Spanish Easter menu includes a recipe for each course, including easy appetizers, fresh mixed green salads, wonderful roasted lamb and potatoes, and delicious desserts made out of Catalan cream. To add some Spanish flair, you can make just one of these dishes to go along with your traditional meal, or go full out and take on the whole menu.

    First, impress your guests with an appetizer popular in Spain: fried calamari (calamares fritos or calamares a la romana). These rings of squid are lightly floured and fried. By purchasing already cleaned and cut squid, the cooking process is simplified—you just need to time the frying right to avoid chewy calamari. With a bit of lemon juice squeezed over them, these rings of squid are a tasty way to kick off a great holiday meal.

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    An Easter Salad

    Mixed green salad
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    Adding a fresh mixed salad to your Easter dinner is a great way to get some greens in. Ensalada mixta is a delightful and colorful mix of lettuce and vegetables like tender white asparagus, tomatoes, carrots, and more. Some of the ingredients may be surprising to Americans, such as tuna and eggs, but this is a common dish amongst Spaniards.

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    An Easter Entree

    Cordero Asado - Roast Lamb
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    A traditional meat to serve on Easter in Spain is lamb. Cordero asado, for instanceis roasted lamb with a lot of garlic. This is a great main course to serve for Easter, as Spring is the time of year that lambs give birth. With fresh lamb being abundant, it is usually available at a special discount with your local butcher at the grocery store.

    Those who prefer to make a simpler main course can try chuletas de cordero (lamb chops). Lamb chops take less time but still offer the rich and juicy flavor of lamb and garlic. 

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    An Easter Side Dish

    Patatas gratinadas
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    Patatas gratinadas (Spanish potatoes au gratin) is a commonly made dish from Northeastern Spain and is often served for Easter Sunday as a side dish. The dish features a sheep's milk cheese, which Spain is famous for. You will find that the Spanish potatoes go well with a rich meat like tender and juicy roast lamb. 

    Additionally, alubias verdes con ajo is a simple and fresh green bean dish you can use as a side dish for your holiday meal. It offers a distinct garlic flavor that gives plain green beans the kick it needs.

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    An Easter Dessert

    Crema Catalana
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    Crema Catalana is the Spanish version of creme brûlée. This rich custard with a crust on top is delicious, creamy, and has a phenomenal lemon flavor. Finish your wonderful Spanish meal with a fresh and light dessert that leaves a long-lasting impression on your guests.