Red Eggs & Lamb: The Delicious Traditions of Greek Orthodox Easter

Photo: Arthur Etchells

Although Easter season ended for some folks last week, Greek Orthodox Christians will be celebrating Easter this Sunday, April 24. This is because there’s a difference in calendars used by Western Christians and Orthodox Christians. The Julian Calendar, used by Greek Orthodox Christians is about 13 days longer than the Gregorian Calendar used by Western Christians.

The Easter celebrations of Greek Orthodox Christians include a delicious feast that features whole roasted lamb, red-dyed hardboiled eggs, soups, roasted potatoes and more. Yes, I’m intrigued. Yes, I’m trying to get an invite the cookout.

Below is a list of the deliciousness Greek Orthodox Christians get to enjoy when they celebrate Easter.


Ovelias is an Easter custom that involves a whole lamb roasted on a souvla, or spit, over an open flame.


Magiritsa is traditionally the first meal after Easter service, and is a unique and hearty soup made from lamb offal.


Kokoretsi is a one of a kind grilled dish that uses lamb intestines to be wrapped around seasoned lamb offal like sweetbreads, hearts, kidneys and lungs.

Patates Lemonates

Patates lemonates are a top tier side dish that consists of roasted potatoes with ideal crispy edges that are treated to olive oil, lemon juice and oregano.

Kokkina Avga

These hardboiled eggs are a bright beacon of Greek Easter, and dually represent the blood of Christ with its red hue and rebirth, being that it’s an egg. Kokkina avga are a key aspect in a fun game called tsougrisma, where players clink and tap the ends of the red eggs in an effort to crack the other.


Tsoureki is a sweet bread symbolic of the Christ’s resurrection and rebirth. The kokkina avga on top symbolizes the blood of Jesus.


Cake Batter Truffles

Easter! Easter! Easter! Yes, now that word is out of my system, but rest assured we’ll be seeing a lot of recipes in the coming days and weeks that will remind us of the colors, flavors and themes surrounding the Easter holidays. Lisa, aka “The Snappy Gourmet” has pieced together this recipe that mashes up chocolate truffles and cake batter to create a rather fun dessert for the Spring time period.


The World’s Tiniest Marshmallow Peeps

In our friend’s continuous efforts to be the next Willy Wonka, Jessica Hlavac,  the tiny food queen, has put together arguably the world’s smallest marshmallow peep recreation. Excited? With Easter celebrations just around the corner, it’s fair to assume we’re going to see a good amount of these marshmallow concoctions running into the next few weeks. Peep talk aside, Jessica’s tiny food creation talent has resulted in marshmallow peeps so tiny that three of them sit across the face of a quarter of a dollar.