Christmas Box Dishes
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.
Sugarification of Potato
Starch is called a polysaccharide. This is because it is made up of many sugars attached to each other. When we chew rice, it feels sweet. It is because an enzyme called amylase, which is found in our saliva, cleaves the rice starch to form sugar.
Of course, we don’t use saliva to make casseroles. In fact, wheat flour also contains amylase. By mixing the flour and keeping it at a temperature where the amylase can easily work, the starch in the potato is cleaved and sugar is formed, making it sweet.
Sweet potatoes contain amylase in the potato, so all you have to do is heat the whole potato.
Funawa’s Imo Yokan?
Potato casserole is made by saccharifying potatoes. So compared to other casseroles, it is sweet. And it tastes like Funawa’s Imo Yokan, a famous sweets in Japan. Potatoes, but Funawa sweet potato Yokan. I was very surprised, but no matter how many bites I took, it was still Funawa’s Imo Yokan.
It takes too much time and effort to call it as a recreate recipe of Yokan, but please give it a try when you have time.
Perunalaatikko, Potato Casserole, Finnish Traditional Christmas Food
- potatoes 500 g
- flour 20 g
- fresh cream 50 g
- molasses 15 g
- salt 1/2 tsp
- butter 5 g
- Electronic scales
- Measuring spoon
- Cutting board
- aluminum foil
- Hand mixer (or potato masher)
- Oven dish (1L)
- Peel potatoes and cut into bite-sized pieces.
- Put the potatoes and water in a pot and heat over medium heat.
- Boil until a bamboo skewer comes through easily.
- Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 60°C.
- Remove the potatoes from the pot. Save the boiling water for later use.
- Using a hand blender or a masher, blend the potatoes into a paste. Add the boiled water little by little until the paste is slightly firmer than porridge.
- Add half of the flour and mix well.
- Cover the pot with aluminum foil and stick a thermometer into the potatoes.
- Place in the oven and cook for 30-40 minutes. Be careful to keep the temperature of the potatoes at 60-70 degrees.
- Remove from the oven and mix in the remaining flour.
- Cover the pot with aluminum foil again and stick a thermometer in the potatoes.
- Remove from oven and mix well with milk, cream and seasonings.
- Place in a heatproof container grease with butter. Smooth the surface and place the 5g of butter for baking on it.
- Bake in the oven at 175 degrees for 2 hours.
- You can check Finnish Traditional Christmas Recipe here.Traditional Christmas Recipes from FinlandA collection of traditional Finnish Christmas recipes. From casseroles, ham, and salmon to Christmas cake, gingerbread, and Christmas tarts!
Making Potato Casserole is time consuming but well worth the effort. The sweet taste and smooth structure are nice. This is definitely a must-have side dish for a traditional Christmas table.