Easter dinner tables would not be complete with the traditional food of the holiday, lamb. Jesus is referred to as the “Lamb of God,” so it is fitting Christians celebrate His resurrection with it. The symbolism and why we eat it dates back to the Bible.
The tradition of eating lamb on Easter has its roots in early Passover observances before the birth of Christianity. According to the biblical Exodus story, the people of Egypt suffered a series of terrible plagues, including the death of all firstborn sons. Jews painted their doorposts with sacrificed lamb’s blood so that God would “pass over” their homes while carrying out the punishment. Accustomed to eating roast lamb on Passover, Jews who converted to Christianity continued the tradition at Easter.
So how do you know when your Easter lamb is cooked to ensure it has the most flavor for your guests? The most effective way to determine if it’s is cooked is to employ the use of a meat thermometer. Insert the thermometer into the thickest part. Consult the chart below for the desired temperature readings you should be looking for based on your cut of meat.