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Are you familiar with traditional Russian Easter food? Every Easter Russian Orthodox Christians prepare a feast worthy of royalty with elaborate dishes that look as good as they taste.
You'll find beautiful homemade bread, decadent desserts, and elegant main courses accompanied by seasonal side dishes - all symbolic of the resurrection of Christ.
Let's take a look at some traditional Russian Easter foods that you may want to incorporate into your own celebration.
Russian Easter Food Recipes
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Pashka is a pyramid-shaped creamy cheese dessert prepared with fresh cheese, eggs, almonds, raisins, and butter.
Kulich, is a traditional Easter bread popular in Russia and Ukraine. It is a rich, fluffy bread made from a combination of eggs, yeast, sour cream and butter. It is topped with white icing and sprinkles and/or nuts and dried fruit.
Kulebiaka is a type of Russian Easter pie made with fish, mushrooms, and rice all wrapped up in puff pastry (similar to a Beef Wellington).
Alternate versions made with meat exist but fish is an Easter favorite.
Eggs symbolize the resurrection of Christ and are a must at any Russian Easter celebration. Traditionally, they are dyed red using onion skins.
Here is an in-depth look at how Russian Easter eggs are prepared:
Horseradish and Beets
Hren, a type of relish made from beets and horseradish, is another Russian Easter staple. It's a delicious condiment that enhances the flavor of meats.