Casseroles and stews

Karelian stew

Picture: Elina Sirparanta / Visit Finland

The main course on the Finnish buffet-table is usually roasted meat.

There are also different kinds of meat pots, such as karjalanpaisti, or Karelian stew, which is prepared using different kinds of meats, and simmered for a long time in the oven.

The stew or hot pot is a Finnish classic and came second when the national food of Finland was recently chosen in a public call of votes.

Casseroles of liver, macaroni, carrots or swedes are usually served as a side dish to the main meat platter.

Other side dishes include pickled beetroot and cucumber, or lingonberry jam. 

Dishes from the Arctic are probably some of the most distinctive recipes to be enjoyed in Finland.

After a hard day skiing on the fells of Lapland poronkäristys, or sautéed reindeer, takes some beating.

It is a simple but very tasty dish served piping hot on a bed of creamy mashed potatoes, and enjoyed with a glass of chilled Lapin Kulta beer.

This traditional dish is quite often seen on the menus of Helsinki’s many Finnish and Lapp restaurants.

Related articles:

  • Joys of spring
    Joys of spring

    Picture: Soili Jussila / Visit Finland The arrival of Eastertide is a sign that the long winter is coming to its end. Mämmi, a malt-based pudding served with cream and sugar, is probably the most well-known. You either love it or hate it as it tends to be an acquired taste.  Roast lamb is a...

  • Taste Finland
    Taste Finland

    Picture: Juho Kuva / Visit Finland   The Market Square (Kauppatori in Finnish) occupies a great site in the South Harbour at the eastern end of the two Esplanades.     The market sells Finnish delicacies like crisp tiny muikku or vendace (from the salmon family), loi-mulohi or “blazed” sal...

  • Sausages and potatoes
    Sausages and potatoes

    Picture: Seppo Hinkula / Visit Finland The summer in Finland starts on 1st June. Most Finns leave their city apartments for the tranquility of the countryside and their summer cottages, which are usually situated by lakes. Barbecues are very popular, and smoked and grilled foods are prepared...