Every Holy Saturday, Polish families make Easter baskets and bring them to church for the Blessing Of Easter Food. Easter was never a huge celebration for me but my best memories are always coming home from church to share the Easter Basket with my family. A typical basket contains a lot of animal products, so I am super thrilled to share with you my vegan version of the Polish Easter Basket! There are so many ways you can make an Easter basket, and they are super customizable. Below are the most common items that are included, and the vegan substitutes!
It’s not hard to find vegan bread, so this is an easy one! You can use any kind that you like. I used a whole grain sourdough that pairs great with the rest of the food in my basket.
Not included in my basket, butter is a typical food you can include. A cube of butter is often in the shape of a lamb (purchased at a Polish market) or you can just include a cube. Vegan butter can be used instead, and can later be served with bread!
I used Nuts For Cheese Red Rind cheese. It is my favourite vegan cheese. It’s super soft and spreadable and basically doubled as butter as well for my basket because it’s creamy and salty.
Also not included in my basket, Babka is a Polish style cake that is delicious, and is often in the form of a lamb. I swear on my life I will replicate it into a vegan version one day. A tradition in my family is to make a Rice Crispy lamb. I used Dandies vegan marshmallows for mine.
I used wooden egg ornaments in my basket just for decor. I haven’t really seen vegan hard boiled eggs, but if this is something you have access to, then you can certainly include them!
There are a lot of vegan sausages out there so you can go wild choosing your favourite kind. I actually found a Polish style vegan Kielbasa that tasted great and goes so great with the bread and cheese in my basket.
Salt represents a necessary element in our physical life. It is symbolic of prosperity and is meant to remind us that people are the flavour of the earth. Obviously you can use any salt. People typically pour a little bit of salt onto a piece of tin foil, wrap it up and add it in your basket, then serve it later with the food.
Other optional items include decorations such as:
- colourful ribbons
- greenery or flowers
- mini Polish flag
Wesolych Swiat Wielkanocnych!