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Savory Sight: Traditional Finnish Food

Savory Sight: Finnish Delights

Be it Eritrean cooking or Colombian cuisine, I'm obsessed with trying new foods from around the world. I'm sad to say I haven't made it to any Scandinavian countries yet — but thanks to FinnLover, I'm dying to go now. During a recent trip to visit her husband's family in Finland, she ate her way through a number of Finnish specialties, like Ruisleipä, or black rye bread, shown above. To get a glimpse of her palatable pictures,


Karjalanpiirakka, also known as Karelian pies, are filled with a rice mixture and are commonly served with egg butter. Her favorite is topped with egg salad.

Finland's version of fast food: a deep-fried pie filled with meat and rice is served with sausages, onions, relish, ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise.

Finn's favorite: potato and salmon casserole with onions, dill, and cream.

In Finland, Mämmi — made of water, rye flour, and powdered rye malt — is a traditional Easter dessert. Apparently, it's a bit of an acquired taste.

Mämmi is traditionally served with vanilla cream and sugar.

Ruisleipä, or black rye bread, is topped here with a spread and rhubarb compote.

Have you tried any of these droolworthy Finnish specialties?

aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Wow those are amazing, at least the way they look.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
Man i should have taken pictures of food during my road trip through europe. I know that food varies by region and culture and there's so much over there. Some good, some, um, an acquired taste, and others that i will never want to try again. lol. Never had Finnish food. didn't make it that far north. My aunt makes the best Hungarian food though and I know i have some pictures of her desserts. If i can find them i'll post them.
goatimpact goatimpact 8 years
We went to Helsinki last summer and I just wanted to eat all day. I loved those vanilla buns they had at all the markets and the fresh grilled fish at Kauppatori was amazing.
Food Food 8 years
syako -- please do, I would love to see them!
Kathryn186 Kathryn186 8 years
Karjalanpiirakka is SOO good! I had it twice in Finland. Also had a version of "Finn's favorite: potato and salmon casserole with onions, dill, and cream." Black currant soup was another specialty (yum!) and a treat since growing them in MI is illegal. And we also had sausage that cooked in the sauna while we were in there. That was weird but ended up being tasty as well. I also noticed that it's rye everywhere! There was always rye bread on the table to have with butter. I'm surprised there wasn't a picture of Nisu! That's my all-time fave!
syako syako 8 years
*these are (caffeine has yet to kick in apparently)
syako syako 8 years
These a great pics finn! Thanks for sharing them with us. Oh this is a great idea Yum! You should do a series like this with pics of food from sugar users from all different countries and regions. I'd share some Ukrainian dishes. :true:
CoconutPie CoconutPie 8 years
Haha! Thanks, Linds! I :love: you too! I seriously don't understand why Finnish food has such a bad reputation. There are so many yummy local specialties and products (berries, mushrooms, reindeer meat,...). One of my favorites is the salmon soup from the Fish Market in Helsinki. It is amazing.
zacatecanita zacatecanita 8 years
I haven't tried any finnish food but it looks yummy!
Lindsb Lindsb 8 years
I :love: Finn! Her photos are always so drool-worthy!!
sarahcateh sarahcateh 8 years
I'm from a finnish family (on both sides) and my grandma makes the BEST food. I never have any idea what any of it is called but I always tell everyone finnish food is the bomb! No one ever believes me though, maybe now I'll direct them to this page.
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