Easter is on the horizon, and for many of us this holiday is about two things: celebrating the arrival of spring and eating lots of tasty food! If you’re planning a special Easter family meal or party, you’ll need to have a few tricks up your sleeve to keep everyone happy – especially if you’ve got little ones to feed. This selection of super tasty, super easy Easter recipes is guaranteed to keep everyone satisfied and won’t take hours to cook up.
Some of these recipes are suitable for children to get involved with, specifically the finger foods as they are very quick to make. If you do want some assistance from a little helper, it’s a good idea to brief them on the method beforehand so that there are no surprises. As we all know, children have a talent for taking things off in a somewhat unexpected direction, and while this is often a good thing, when it comes to food it can just as often become a bit of a disaster.
Eggs are an obvious choice for Easter, but these delicious little morsels are perfect for any occasion. A favourite form of finger food in the US, they’re now becoming just as popular in Europe, and it’s easy to see why. Deviled eggs combine the traditional with a twist of spice, by adding a big dollop of flavour to one of our favourite foods. Easy and quick to make, they use a simple and relatively small selection of ingredients. All you need is 12 pre-boiled eggs, four tablespoons of mayonnaise, one teaspoon of dijon mustard, one tablespoon of sweet relish and a big pinch of mixed spices.
The method is almost as simple as the ingredients list. After checking that the eggs are cool, peel them by gently cracking the shell all over and removing it while the egg is submerged in water. Then slice them lengthways, remove the yolks and place them in a bowl. Mash the yolks with the mayo, mustard, relish and spices until smooth and fully combined, then either spoon or pipe the mixture into the egg white halves. Sprinkle with spice and voila, you’re done!
Another easy and crowd pleasing finger food option, chicken appetizers are perfect for an Easter family event with children. Incredibly simple and absolutely delicious, they are guaranteed to disappear within minutes! All you need to make these delicious chicken skewers is three large chicken breasts, a thumb of ginger, one tablespoon of garlic, two tablespoons of sesame seeds, one cup of pineapple juice, one third of a cup of soy sauce and half a cup of brown sugar.
Although the ingredients are slightly exotic, these chicken skewers could not be easier to make. Simply slice the chicken breasts lengthways into strips one third of an inch thick, then mix all other ingredients in a large bowl and add the chicken. Allow the chicken to absorb the marinade by placing in the fridge and leaving for up to six hours. If you don’t have time for this, add an extra dash of soy and and seasoning to boost the flavour. When it’s time to cook, simply place each chicken strip on a skewer and broil in the oven or grill until just done.
This traditional Greek Easter bread will be a firm family favourite due to its slightly zesty flavour and irresistibly soft texture. A brioche type bread that is ideal for brunch, tsoureki is often enjoyed with eggs or simply with butter. Although slightly more complex than our other recipes, this bread really delivers in both flavour and heartiness. To make it, you will need a sachet of yeast, half a cup of milk, half a cup of sugar, six cups of plain flour, one cup of orange juice plus the zest, half a cup of butter, three eggs, one teaspoon of mastic and half a teaspoon of mahlep.
The recipe is very similar to a standard bread recipe. First, mix the yeast and milk with a pinch of salt, sugar and flour and leave for ten minutes. Then add in the rest of the ingredients gradually until a dough is formed. Knead the dough for ten minutes, then place into a greased bowl, cover and leave for two hours. Cut the risen dough into six and plait into two, three part braids. Place on a greased baking sheet and leave to rise for another hour, before brushing with egg or milk and baking at 180 degrees celcius for 20 – 30 minutes.The result should be a super soft, golden brown braid that you can eat straight from the oven!