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Does anyone eat rabbit on Easter?

chica Apr 3, 2007 10:24 PM

It seems ironic to me that turkey on Thanksgiving is touted as both the symbol and the meat to be eaten on the holiday.

But, the lamb in Christmas -- or, the rabbits and eggs for Easter are rarely seen in the kitchen on their relative holidays. Eggs used to be eaten during Easter in medieval times.

Do you eat the signature foods on the said day?

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    Jimmy Buffet Apr 4, 2007 07:57 PM

    Chocolate ones...

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      dmatt Apr 4, 2007 07:54 PM


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        JudiAU Apr 4, 2007 04:32 PM

        Yes, quite often. Rabbit sausage and poached eggs. YUM

        1. amopdx Apr 4, 2007 01:13 PM

          no rabbit. My family always does ham. We do eat eggs, the colored hardboiled eggs (egg salad or deviled or plain) and usually have a few quiches (crab and lorraine).

          1. ipsedixit Apr 4, 2007 12:52 PM

            I eat eggs everyday. So, yes, I do eat eggs on Easter (even though I don't celebrate said holiday).

            I would eat rabbit on Easter, except I just don't really like the taste or mouth-feel of rabbit.

            1. Da_Cook Apr 4, 2007 12:21 PM

              Once 7 years ago, and my wife won't let me forget it, my kids either.
              That said I've got a rabbit in my freezer waiting for the next batch of Paella. I've been taking it out now in an absent minded kind-of-way just to hear the howls of outrage. I better stop or it might disappear before my next Paella party.
              I pretty much go with the tradition of lamb for Easter and in true ChowHound fashion...click on: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/387826
              Da Cook

              Da Cook

              1. Kajikit Apr 4, 2007 12:16 PM

                Sorry, I just couldn't bring myself to eat the Easter Bunny... that would seem a pretty tasteless way to thank him for the chocolate! :P

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                  Glencora Apr 4, 2007 12:57 PM

                  Hmm, yes... I'd say chocolate bunnies (and eggs) are the traditional Easter foods in our house. And peeps, though I personally think they're yucky.

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                  ricepad Apr 4, 2007 12:14 PM

                  I don't get the logic of the OP...how is lamb a 'signature food' for Christmas, or rabbit for Easter? If rabbit is the signature food for Easter, then the signature food for Christmas should either be Santa Claus...or Jesus.

                  1. Karl S Apr 4, 2007 07:36 AM

                    Lamb is traditional for Easter because of its symbolism in Christianity, which is in no small part derived from Passover in Judaism, of course....

                    But, lamb was not readily available in non-grazing parts of Europe, especially the northern parts, in late March-early April. The hams and cured pork products from the previous autumn slaughter would have been, however, unless hunger caused them to be eaten too soon. Ham and pork products generally also symbolized liberation from the kosher commands of the Hebrew Scriptures, among other things, so there was religious symbolism even in that.

                    I grew up eating lamb on Easter. It would be procured on Good Friday morning, and marinated for two days until grilled on Easter. This in a Irish-southern German Catholic family. Lamb was to Easter what turkey was to Thanksgiving and what fresh (uncured) ham was to New Year's Day (and what goose was for my parents' generation to Christmas).

                    Egg and dairy-rich dishes were also traditional for Easter because, in pre-modern times, western Christians abstained from them during Lent (and, in sunnier or warmer climes, hens and cows kept producing for 6-7 weeks and a supply built up). Eastern Christians still observe that abstinence.

                    1. Carrie 218 Apr 4, 2007 02:42 AM

                      Just for the kitch factor, when I used to entertain large parties on Easter, I would serve a "Disney Dinner" -- Bambi (venison), Thumper (Rabbit), and Daffy (Duck). I made up too-cute cards with the three of them together in a large pot... 8-)

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                        Blueicus Apr 4, 2007 11:48 AM

                        Daffy Duck is WB, I would suggest a nice roasted Donald (Duck) instead.

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                          Carrie 218 Apr 4, 2007 03:49 PM

                          Oooops - my bad (I was always more of a WB fan anyway -- liking Michigan J. Froglegs!!!)

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                          maria lorraine Apr 7, 2007 06:38 PM

                          This had me roaring. Thank YOU!

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                          bigjimbray Apr 4, 2007 01:35 AM

                          My stepdaughter has had a bar-b-que at her house in las vegas for the last 17-18 yrs
                          where she would grill about 40 lbs of rabbit on easter. she has had t-shirts made
                          she is a great graffic artist. but this year I havent asked her yet because she has
                          moved to Chester Nebraska, and I don`t know if they have the rabbit there or not.
                          I have a t-shirt that says 14 yrs on it.

                          1. ElsieDee Apr 4, 2007 12:04 AM

                            There'll be rabbit in my kitchen on Easter, but not for food - I've several pet house rabbits and so refrain from eating them or their kin.

                            That being said, we do eat eggs on Easter - from the dyed (and hidden) hard-boiled eggs from the morning search (eaten peeled with salt/pepper, converted to deviled eggs, or made into egg salad) to a brunch asparagus/mushroom/egg frittata. Other years I've made a breakfast strata (with eggs) or quiche - or all of the above (depending on how many are coming to dine).

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