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Finland: Porkkanalaatikko

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Ingredients

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1 cup Brown Rice can also use white rice
750g carrots grated
1 cup milk
2 egg
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup bread crumbs
butter

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Finland: Porkkanalaatikko

Finnish Carrot Casserole

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  • Serves 8
  • Medium

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How appropriate that Finland is where we’re Finnishing the year (see what I did there?). If I counted correctly, this was the 83rd country I’ve cooked from in 2017, which while far short of the 195 I set out to visit, is still nothing to sneeze at. Porkkanalaatikko translates roughly to “carrot box” in Finnish, which is exactly what this is. In Finland, you find root potato bakes in place of the sweet potato casserole traditionally served as a side for our Thanksgiving and Christmas meals here in the U.S.  In Finland, this spread of traditional Christmas fare is called a Joulupöytä.  Along with a large Christmas ham, you’d find laatikkos, casseroles like this one.  You might also find lanttulaatikko – a rutabaga (swede) bake – and perunilaatikko – a potato bake.  Of course this would all be washed down with glögi, a festive mulled wine.

Our Joulupöytä!

Recipe inspired by: Alternative Finland

 

Steps

1
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Cook the rice according to package; the measurement listed is dry. Shred the carrots using a hand grater - or a food processor to make things easier. If you do this, you'll want to do in batches using pulse.

2
Done

Beat the eggs, milk, salt, sugar and nutmeg in a medium bowl. Mix the rice, shredded carrots, and egg mixture together in a greased casserole dish (I used 9" x 13").

3
Done

Sprinkle with bread crumbs and dot with dabs of butter. If you’re feeling artistic, pattern the surface with a spoon or fork.
Bake at 375 F for 40-45 minutes. It should be golden brown on top by the time it’s cooked.

Johanna

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