Swiss traditional Easter dishes

Cheese soufflé, ©diekatrin/Flickr

Cheese soufflé, ©diekatrin/Flickr

Switzerland celebrates Easter similarly as many European countries. It is traditionally a celebration of rebirth and welcoming spring. Families and friends gather together and enjoy a wonderfully and deliciously prepared meal. Among the traditional Swiss dishes we find naturally lamb and ham, fresh fruits and vegetables, savory and sweet flavors and beautiful floral decorations on the table.

Chocolate eggs and other sweets are also indispensable parts of the Easter menu and since the Swiss are quite famous for their exquisite chocolates it is a sure thing that dessert will be absolutely fantastic. You might want to try and taste a few of the dishes enlisted below or if not in Switzerland try and prepare it yourself.

A mix of savory and sweet

Some of us might find strange to mix up two completely different but incredibly delicious flavors, however the Swiss can be quite adventurous and experimentist in the kitchen.

Brown sugar glazed ham with pinapple, ©tombothetominator/Flickr

Brown sugar glazed ham with pinapple, ©tombothetominator/Flickr

Blending two flavors does not happen only at Easter time and it is not something new to them. Savory and sweet can complement each other in a way that creates a whole new level in the world of flavors. We suggest you try zesty ham with pineapple or baked ham for example with a delicious cranberry curry glaze. This red sauce with a pinch of curry poured on a piece of ham can be the centerpiece of the Easter festive table.

Meat dishes

Chicken meat is one of the easiest meats to cook and can be prepared in various ways. Try a roasted chicken with lemon herb seasoning or a garlic roasted chicken. Fill your home with a delicious aroma of lemon, rosemary and garlic.

Roasted chicken, ©MLazarevski/Flickr

Roasted chicken, ©MLazarevski/Flickr

Symbolizing the sacrifice of Jesus lamb meat is also part of the Easter menu and it is served with rice.

Vegetables & Co.

Celebrations rarely contain healthy food but the Swiss try to keep the balance by complementing the menu with green beans, pine nuts and crispy porscioutto. On the festive table you will also find the world’s cheesiest soufflé, otherwise called the savory French toast, the asparagus bread pudding. Try the steamed broccoli, mushrooms, roasted zucchini and other vegetables as well.

Cheese soufflé, ©diekatrin/Flickr

Cheese soufflé, ©diekatrin/Flickr

Butternut Squash Risotto

Risotto also falls in the healthier category and it is very simple to prepare. For a butternut squash risotto you only need to cut up the butternut squash into cubes and mix it up with the risotto. It is best served with salad.

Butternut Squash Risotto, ©jeffgunn/Flickr

Butternut Squash Risotto, ©jeffgunn/Flickr

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