• by XpatAthens
  • Monday, 26 March 2018
Greek Easter Eggs
Dying Easter eggs red is a symbol of Orthodox Easter and making these vibrant and colourful Easter eggs every year on Holy Thursday is tradition. It is also very common to dye eggs other colours, but red Easter eggs symbolize the blood and sacrifice of Christ, and Greek Easter is rarely or almost never celebrated without the red eggs!

The tradition of cracking red eggs on Holy Saturday after Christ has risen symbolizes the 
resurrection from the dead and new life, just like when a little chicken cracks its shell and comes to life. The 'tsougrisma' game is when people break each others´ red eggs by hitting them against each other. The one with the strongest egg is said the have good luck for the whole year!

Since Greek Easter eggs are not just made for celebrating purposes, here are some tips to make sure that your eggs, in addition to being vibrant and colourful, are also perfectly cooked.

When boiling the eggs make sure that they are at room temperature; leave them out of the fridge for 3 hours before you start preparing this Greek Easter eggs recipe. Boil the eggs starting with cold water; if you try placing the cold eggs in already boiling water, the shells are more than likely to crack immediately, due to the difference in temperature. Fresh eggs are less likely to crack, but will be more difficult to peel. Add pinch of salt in the water; this will help prevent your eggs from cracking while boiling and make them easier to peel...

  • 12 eggs
  • 1 package red egg dye powder
  • 6 cups warm water
  • 1/3 of a cup vinegar
  • olive oil, for shinning
  • *the proportions are indicative, see also the package instructions
To read this article in full and to read complete instructions, please visit: MyGreekDish