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Polish Easter Basket: What goes in one?

One of the more exciting parts about Easter is decorating eggs and getting ready for "Święconka", which is the blessing of the Easter basket on Holy Saturday.

In most traditions, you boil the eggs first and paint them after as to not have to worry about breaking a raw egg on the kitchen table. But as we (the kids) got older, and knew how to be delicate with eggs, we actually would decorate bless raw eggs so they can be fresh as can be for Eater breakfast! I won't say we haven't broken one or five, possibly in a new car before...but my family all agrees fresh soft boiled eggs for breakfast are the bees knees after a 6 am Easter Sunday mass.

As I've learned over the years, every Polish family also has their own traditions as to what goes into their

Easter basket. The raw eggs, is a good example for one of my family's traditions.

Aside from the small nuances, the majority of the things in there are all symbolically the same. For example, I doubt you'd even find a Polish Easter basket without "chrzan" or horseradish in it. Whether it is sliced or shredded, it always add a little kick to the dish. Mind you, a little overload of the chrzan can really clear up your sinuses like wasabi!

Bread is a very obvious item on the basket, as well as Polish sausage or smoked ham. Butter, salt, some fruit (usually oranges), wine, and some sort of "babka" or bundt cake for dessert.

But the ultimate Easter breakfast staple, by far, is the lamb shaped butter! It's the OG to any basket and, not to mention, breakfast. Another very popular lamb addition is the sugared lamb, which I am convinced no one ever eats but it's just part of the Easter basket package.

Take a look at my video above to get a little more in depth tour of a Polish Easter basket and wishing everyone a wonderful Easter weekend! <3


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