Good Friday food includes food made on the occasion of Good Friday, which is also known as Black Friday, Holy Friday or Great Friday. This day is commemorated by Christians as a respectful remembrance of the painful crucifixion of Jesus Christ at Calvary. As this occurred on a Friday, the Friday prior to Easter is observed as Good Friday.
While the term “good” may be used to denote sanctity, the Christian faith also believes that Christ sacrificed his life to cover the sins of humans and, thus, paved a way for sinful people to repent and attain everlasting life. As this is a good deed and a good gift, the day came to be called Good Friday in the West. The Eastern Orthodox Christians, however, call this as Holy Friday or Great Friday.
Good Friday is considered as a day of fast where only minimal food is eaten, without any form of poultry or meat. Some people eat fish on this day; however, this is still being debated. There are various kinds of meatless Good Friday foods, which can be made and consumed on this occasion. Hot cross buns, tortillas, veggies, and cheese constitute some of the foods, which can be eaten on Good Friday.
Good Friday Recipes
Hot Cross Bun
The hot cross bun is a traditional Good Friday food. This is usually prepared with flour, milk, water, salt, and yeast. Honey, sugar, eggs, raisins, and spices can also be added. The bun is marked with a cross on top, which goes on all four sides. The cross is usually made by icing or making a cross-shaped cut. The cross mark signifies the crucifixion of Christ and reminds people of his painful ordeal on the cross.
The baked potato is another good option for a Good Friday recipe. This can be topped with sour cream, cheese, olives, broccoli, or chives.
Mozzarella sticks can be prepared on Good Friday. It can be prepared with egg batter, bread crumbs, and pull and peel mozzarella sticks. The sticks are dipped into egg batter and rolled on the bread crumbs. Thereafter, each stick is fried until it gets crispy and brown.
Any type of vegetable can be used to prepare dishes on Good Friday. A vegetable wrap can be made with tofu, avocado, hummus, green peas, carrot, or zucchini. These can be wrapped in tortillas and eaten. Fried vegetables are also a good option. The vegetables are dipped in egg batter, rolled in bread crumbs and fried until they are golden brown.
Cheese Quesadillas is one of the Good Friday foods that will be loved by children too. Cheese and tortillas are required to prepare this dish. Tortilla is laid flat and cheese is placed on the top of tortillas. The tortilla is folded in half, with cheese inside. It is then heated in oven or microwave.