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Greek Easter Recipes and Easter Leftovers

Greek Easter Recipes and Easter Leftovers

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Greek Orthodox Easter is just around the corner, so if you would like to get an idea of what to prepare, I have put together some of my Easter Recipes and a few ideas of what to do with your leftovers.

On Easter day a lot of people celebrate their name days:  Lambros – Lambrini, Anastasios – Anastasia, Tasoula, Tasia, Paschalis – Paschalia, Anestis or whatever their pet names may be.  

Depending on what date the Easter day falls, it may also coincide with other name days.

George, Georgia and Zoe will also be celebrating after Easter.  

This happens whenever Easter is after the 23rd April, (the celebration of the feast of St. George),  the name day is moved to the first Monday after Easter or, as it is sometimes called, to the Monday of Bright Week.

The feast of Zoodochou Pigis (Life-giving Source) is usually celebrated on the first Friday after Easter.

Happy Name day to you all!

Easter celebrations

The first thing we eat after the midnight church service is an offal soup called Magiritsa (pr. mah-ghee-RHEE-tsa). It is a light soup which is good for the stomach after the fasting period.

On Easter Sunday most families gather together to celebrate. Traditionally a whole lamb on the spit, called “ovelias” is made as well as “kokoretsi“.

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Keftedes and dolmades served as appetizers

They are accompanied by salads and appetizers, drinks and of course lots of Greek music.

Here are some of my Easter Recipes for you to try.

I have also included some desserts in the list, for those who will be celebrating their name days.  

Greek Easter Recipes and Leftovers

Here are some of my Easter Recipes and a few ideas of what to do with your leftovers. I have also included some cakes for those celebrating.

Salads and Appetizers

A few ideas to make salads and appetizers for Easter

Easter Leftovers

A few ideas to make with your Easter Leftovers

Traditional Greek desserts

Here are a few of the most popular Greek desserts

Easter Desserts

Tsourekia and Koulourakia are the most traditional Greek Orthodox Easter desserts, made especially for this occasion.

Cakes for Special Occasions

Here are some special cakes to celebrate your name day!


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Saturday 27th of April 2013

"Roasted Lamb or Goat" - Now THAT sounds like the perfect Easter dinner! Great suggestions!


Saturday 27th of April 2013

Piroskis are really a lovely idea of using up the easter eggs. what lovely pictures! And you surely deserve the award!


Saturday 27th of April 2013

de superbe recettes, merci pour le conseil bonne journée


Saturday 27th of April 2013

Great ideas! I never throw away leftovers and like you I always re-use them.



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