24 Classic Finnish Foods Everyone Should Learn To Cook

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Once you’ve made korvapuusti once, you’ll never stop.

A light and fluffy mustikkapiirakka

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Traditional Finnish blueberry pie is really more like a cake. It doesn't have a pastry crust, and its batter is made out of butter, sugar, eggs, and flour. It's best served with ice cream and a strong coffee as an afternoon treat. Find a recipe here.

Warming kaalikaaryleet

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Cabbage rolls are fiddly to make, but they're definitely worth the effort. Stuffed full of ground beef, breadcrumbs, rice, and onions, they make for a delicious dinner when you fancy something comforting. They're often served with syrup, but many Finns just eat them with lingonberry jam. Find a recipe here.

Creamy nakkikastike

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Usually served with boiled potatoes, Finnish hot dog sauce is the ultimate comfort food. It's basically sautéed hot dogs, which are then fried and then doused in a thick onion sauce. Find a recipe here.

Squeaky leipajuusto

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Often referred to as “squeaky cheese” by Finns, “leipajuusto” literally means “bread cheese”. Here's a recipe that'll tell you how to make it from scratch, but you're probably best buying the ready-made stuff from IKEA and heating it in the oven. Finns serve it hot, with cold milk, and cloudberry jam.


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