It’s that time of year again when the Easter menu is the topic of discussion. Like all upcoming celebrations, mom and I will talk about the menu until we’ve exhausted every possibility. Both my dad and my husband will ask us how many times we need to talk about the menu when we already know what we’re going to make. My sister in-law will ask me what we’re having then offer to bring two or three dishes. My son will ask if I’m making minest, or Italian Wedding Soup. I’ll talk to mom two or three times on Saturday just to make sure we’ve got the feast covered. We both agree to cut down the number of dishes we serve.
So, here’s how it goes. Everyone comes early. We’ll sit together in one of the rooms or on the back porch and eat antipasti and chat until the main courses are served. We’ll all swarm the food like it’s the first time we’ve eaten all month. Then we realize that antipasti, lasagna, salad, garlic bread, and soup fill us up rather quickly, so we rest for a short time. While we’re drinking coffee and sipping on Limoncello, someone will ask what we’re having for dessert. Before long, someone else mentions that we should really consider downsizing our feasts. Something to think about next year when we’re planning our Easter menu.
Here’s our final Easter menu (maybe):
1. Antipasti. This will include Caprese salad, a tray of sliced salami and cheese, bruschetta, and antipasti salad. Maybe a few lupini beans. My son in-law’s mother, Lidia, is bringing her famous empanadas. Oh, and we’ll have deviled eggs, too. Not exactly an Italian American dish, but my husband can’t live without them.
2. Minestra , a.k.a Italian Wedding Soup. We serve this soup at every holiday celebration. We called this soup minest when I was growing up, or the mess, but newer generations call it holiday soup.
3. Lasagna. Personally, I’m not a big lasagna fan, but I do make it a few times a year. It’s easy to make and it feeds the masses at extended family gatherings. We’ll also have toasted garlic bread and salad, too.
4. Italian Easter Sweet Bread. It’s not Easter without Italian Easter Sweet Bread. I usually start picking on it as soon as I get up in the morning, but it’s usually served with coffee when other desserts are served.
5. Cannoli Cheesecake. My sister in-law is making cannoli cheesecake this year.
I’m already full just thinking about our Easter menu.
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