Finnish Mushroom Sauce for Meatballs and Salmon Steaks


Harvest form the Forest

In Finland, we are free to take berries and mushrooms from the forest. The mushroom season is not very long, but if you are in the right place at the right time, you can expect a big harvest. In 2021, HERKKUTATTI was a big hit, and I was able to fill up my freezer with mushrooms after just a few mushroom hunting trips.

This recipe for mushroom sauce is a delicious way to enjoy nature’s bounty. We serve it over meatballs or salmon steaks.
Finnish Traditional Meatballs with Mushroom Sauce
Meatballs are a traditional Finnish home cooking. Slightly soft meatballs with a mushroom sauce will make you feel like you are in Finland.

The meatballs or salmon steak need not be too salty because they are full of umami. It’s a delicious dish that you can easily overeat.

Finnish Mushroom Sauce for Meatballs and Salmon Steaks

This Finnish mushroom sauce is full of mushroom flavor. This recipe uses chanterelles and porcini mushrooms from the forest.
Prep Time0 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Servings2 people
  • mushrooms (your choice, *1, *2) 150 g
  • butter 20 g
  • flour 2 Tbsp
  • milk 300 mL
  • Salt and pepper
Use both frozen and fresh mushrooms for best flavor. The frozen ones contain more guanylic acid, while the fresh ones have more glutamic acid and a better texture.
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In Finland, chanterelles = KANTARELLI, porcini mushrooms = HERKKUTATTI, and mushrooms = HERKKUSIENI are used. A mixture of several types is delicious.
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