Ostara Recipes

Ostara is the celebration of the Spring Equinox - it's the time of year when new life is beginning to form, and fresh little green things are starting to poke their way out of the chilly dirt. If you're really lucky, you may be able to find some spring greens to nibble on! Looking for recipes to brighten up your Ostara celebration? Here's where you'll find information on seasonal treats such as eggs, breads, salads, and desserts for the Sabbat.

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Hot Cross Buns - Cross Quarter Buns

High Angle View Of Hot Cross Buns In Plate On Table
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During the pre-Easter season of Lent, many of our Christian friends and family members are busily celebrating with Hot Cross Buns. The Hot Cross Bun is a tasty pastry that’s been around for a long time, and the decorative cross on the top represents one of the most obvious symbols of Christianity.

There are a number of English traditions revolving around hot cross buns. One custom says that sailors should take a hot cross buns on their travels to prevent shipwreck. The cross on the bun comes from a superstition that marking the bun so would prevent the Devil from getting into the baked goods. Interestingly, it’s possible that breads with crosses on top were baked by the ancient Greeks, which makes the whole idea pre-Christian anyway. A reader wants to know how to incorporate Hot Cross Buns into a Pagan belief system.

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Mint Chutney

Make a mint chutney, or pesto, to go with your spring dishes. Image by Michael Brauner/StockFood Creative/Getty Images

Keep in mind that the word "chutney" is a fairly wide-ranging culinary term that can be used to apply to a lot of things that involve herbs, fruit, spices, and other goodies. This delicious sauce is perfect for spring meals, especially if you're making a roasted leg of lamb. It also goes nicely with spicy dishes, such as Indian or Mediterranean food, or veggies. It's quick to prepare, or you can whip it up ahead of time and let it chill. 

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Roasted Lamb

Fix up a plate of roast leg of lamb for Ostara. Image by John Peacock/E+/Getty Images

For many of our ancestors, lamb was the first real meat they got each year, after the cold winter months. Ostara is the time of the spring lambs, and if you're a meat eater, this marinated and roasted leg of lamb is the perfect dish for your Ostara celebrations. 

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Deviled Eggs

Make deviled eggs to celebrate Ostara!. Image by Lora Clark/E+/Getty Images

Did you know that the phrase "deviled," when used to refer to food, has nothing to do with devils at all? It was apparently coined during the late 18th century, when it was applied to any food item that was hot or spicy. 

Deviled eggs are supremely easy to make, and you can make them sweet or spicy. This recipe is for a tangy, spicy version of the classic spring dish. Make these delicious eggs for your Ostara get-togethers and celebrations.

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Ostara Peep Ambrosia

Put Peeps in your salad!. Image by April Bauknight/Photolibrary/Getty Images

Ambrosia is one of the easiest desserts ever to make -- and when you jazz it up with some pink and yellow Peeps, it's even more fun for your Ostara celebration! If you've got extra Peeps hanging around your house during the spring, this recipe is a great way to use them up.

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Spring Sprout Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing

Celebrate spring with some goodies from your garden. Image by Liza McCorkle/E+/Getty Images

Spring is here, and with it comes bright green gifts from the garden. What better way to welcome Ostara than with a plate of fresh sprouts and leaves? This is easy to make, and the honey mustard dressing is delicious. If you're not a fan of mustard, use your favorite dressing on here instead. 

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Surprise Lemon Bread

Bake some treats into a tasty lemon bread!. Image by Paul Poplis/Photodisc/Getty Images

At Ostara, the earth is waking up in anticipation of Spring... and it's not uncommon to find small treasures peeking out of the ground at us. Green shoots appear from the mud, and bright flowers appear where there was nothing the day before. This easy "surprise bread" reflects the theme of re-emergence, and you can put it together easily by using a pre-packaged lemon poppy seed bread mix. Add small treasures to the mix, as well as a few edible additions, and you'll have a real treat on your hands for your Ostara celebration.