Carrot Casserole, Porkkanalaatikko, Finnish Christmas Food

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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.
Rutabaga Casserole, Lanttulaatikko, Finnish Christmas Food
Laatikko = boxed dishes, a staple of Finnish Christmas. One of them is a slightly sweet rutabaga casserole. Rutabaga is a kind of turnip.

Cuisine with Rice

Rice is a staple food for Japanese people. Rice is a magnificent dish on its own. It is always the main dish.

In Finland, rice is mainly eaten as porridge. In supermarkets, short grain rice is sold as Puuroriisi (rice for porridge). It is not as sticky or sweet as Japanese rice, but it is really nice to be able to buy short grain rice easily.
Rice in Finland
Finnish likes rice and eat rice a lot. What is different from Japanese rice? Where can we buy? How to use? All things about rice in Finland!

Of course, rice is not a staple food for Finnish people. It is often eaten as porridge, and it is also often mixed in as an ingredient, as in this Porkkanalaatikko. I guess it is similar to vegetables. At first, I thought, “How can you mix rice in?” But once you get used to it, it’s delicious.

Here is the popular Finnish Christmas recipe.

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Carrot Casserole, Porkkanalaatikko, Finnish Christmas Food

Recipes

Carrot Casserole, Porkkanalaatikko, Finnish Traditional Christmas Dish

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.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Servings4 people
INGREDIENTS
  • carrot 500 g
  • water 300 g
  • salt 1.5 tsp
  • rice 100 g
  • fresh cream 50 g
  • milk 50 g
  • egg 1
Seasoning
  • molasses 1 Tbsp
  • cinnamon 1/2 tsp
  • white pepper 1/2 tsp
For baking
  • breadcrumbs
  • butter
EQUIPMENT
Electronic scales
Measuring spoon
Knife
Cutting board
Pot
Colander
hand mixer
Oven dish (1L)
INSTRUCTIONS
  • Cut carrots into thin slices.
  • Put water, salt and carrots in a pot and boil until carrots are tender.
  • When carrots are tender, remove from pot. Do not discard the boiling water.
  • Add the rice to the carrot cooking water and simmer until tender.
  • Blend the carrots into a paste with a hand blender or masher.
  • Add cream, milk, egg, and seasonings and mix.
  • Add the boiled rice and mix.
  • Place in a buttered baking dish and sprinkle the top with finely crushed breadcrumbs.
  • Bake at 175 degrees for 1 hour.
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