I’m not really sure why Thanksgiving is the holiday that is most associated with the enjoyment of eating leftovers, but I think that it’s time for Easter to finally get some recognition in this department.
Easter dinner is far more practical in terms of food being eaten for days following an event.
First of all, ham stays fresher longer than turkey. Frankly, I’m not a big fan of turkey meat. It always tastes blander than chicken, yet with a funky aftertaste. After spending a night in the fridge, turkey tastes likes gamey, mushy leftovers to me.
Being Italian, my family makes a couple of ethnic items for our Easter feast— the first being homemade ravioli. The dough is homemade, the sauce is homemade and the only store-bought item is the ricotta.
The second dish is called falagones. It’s a savory pie type entree that has been passed down generations from my grandmother’s family from Italy.
This was the first year that I actually made falagones. Normally my mother has that job, but she just had surgery so I was on call.
Holy cow. In order to make nine falagones it took me more than three hours of preparation and cooking! Three hours!
Regardless, falagones are the perfect leftover snack. They are filled with potatoes, peppers, Romano cheese and other secret ingredients. You don’t even have to warm them up. You can eat one right out of the fridge!
Another staple to my family's meal—and I believe most families' Easter meals— is potato salad. Is there anything more delicious on the planet than potato salad, dear reader? I think not.
Are you beginning to visualize my leftover plate? I have ham, properly glazed in brown sugar, cherries, pineapple and clove. Next to the ham are raviolis, and next to the ravs is a small piece of a falagones. Surrounding the falagones is potato salad. Yum!
It’s starting to look good, isn’t it? Although, we are missing some staples. Now would be a good time to grab a hard-boiled egg that I dyed Holy Saturday and one handful of jellybeans for good measure.
This brings us to dessert. I honestly don’t know what non-Italian families have for dessert on Easter. I don’t even think I could try and guess. But for fun, I’ll guess … lemon pie. (Let me know if I’m right in the comments section below.)
In my family we have ricotta pie and Italian cookies. Once again, the ricotta pie recipe has been passed down from generations in Italy. It was my grandmother’s recipe.
Italian cookies are just a type of sugar cookie that are flavored with real orange and lemon rind as well as powered anise. Then they are topped with a simple powered sugar icing.
My imaginary leftover plate is now toppling over with cookies piled high on top of ricotta pie piled on top of everything else that is delicious and good.
The only thing that could make this plate any better would be a Cadbury-filled egg placed right on top as a metaphorical cherry!
Enjoy your Easter leftovers this year! Oh, and don’t forget, if that ham is still in your refrigerator by Wednesday you can always turn it into some delicious ham salad!