Rutabaga Casserole, Lanttulaatikko, Finnish Christmas Food


Christmas Box Dishes

The traditional Finnish Christmas dish is the boxed meal. They are casseroles made in Laatikko (box) and baked slowly in the oven.
There are many kinds of casseroles such as carrot, potato, and rutabaga. They are all slightly sweet, and the spices go well with the flavors. Sweet for a dish? My image of it is that of the New Year’s bean curd, Kinton in Japanese.
Perunalaatikko, Potato Casserole, Finnish Christmas Food
Laatikko is a Finnish Christmas staple. One of them is a sweet and tasty potato casserole. It takes a lot of time and effort, but the taste is excellent.
Carrot Casserole, Porkkanalaatikko, Finnish Christmas Food
Laatikko = boxed meal, a Finnish Christmas staple. This is one of them, a slightly sweet carrot casserole. This is made with carrots and rice. It is a nostalgic taste.

What is a Rutabaga?

Rutabaga is a turnip family with a gentle sweet taste.
Rutabaga - Wikipedia

We don’t see it in Japan, but it is a common vegetable in Scandinavia and North America.

In Finland, where the land is not rich, rutabagas have been eaten for a long time. We can buy at supermarkets at a stable price all year round. There are not many ways to cook it, but it is a simple tasting food that I like to eat from time to time.


Rutabaga Casserole, Lanttulaatikko, Finnish Traditional Christmas Dish

Laatikko = boxed dishes, a staple of Finnish Christmas. One of them is a slightly sweet rutabaga casserole. Rutabaga is a kind of turnip. The gentle sweetness of the rutabaga and the aroma of the spices make this dish addictive.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Servings4 people
  • rutabaga 500 g
  • water 300 mL
  • salt 1.5 tsp
  • milk 75 g
  • fresh cream 75 g
  • breadcrumbs 35 g
  • egg 1
  • molasses 1 Tbsp
  • ginger 3 g
  • cinnamon 1/2 tsp
  • white pepper 1/2 tsp
For baking
  • butter
  • breadcrumbs
  • Electronic scales
  • Measuring spoon
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • pot
  • colander
  • Hand mixer (or potato masher)
  • Oven dish (1L)
Rutabaga belongs to the family of turnip. The taste is slightly sweet and eaten in North Europe and Noeth America.
This is a very traditional Christmas food. Not everybody likes it, but I definitely do. The taste of rutabaga is unique indeed.
Making Rutabaga Casserole is time consuming but well worth the effort. The sweet taste and smooth structure are nice, breadcumb topping is super nice. This is definitely a must-have side dish for a traditional Christmas table.
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