Beef,  Finland,  Pork

Karjalanpaisti – Karelian stew

This weeks Finnish recipe is for Karjalanpaisti, or Karelian stew. This easy dish has just a few ingredients – most which you might already have in your cupboard! 

Karjalanpaisti - Karelian stew

Karjalanpaisti - Karelian stew

A easy and delicious Finnish meat stew that has just a few simple ingredients to make!


  • 500 grams / 1 pound of meat, half beef and half pork.
  • 1-1½ tsp salt
  • A few whole white peppers
  • A few whole allspice
  • 2 onions
  • 1-2 carrots
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Water


    1. Cut the meat into bite sized pieces. Ready-cut Karelian roast meats are often quite small cubes.
    2. Put all the ingredients in the pot and add enough water to cover 1/3-2/3 of the meat pieces.
    3. Put the pot in the oven. The temperature should initially be 225°C/440°F so that the uppermost pieces of meat brown a little.
    4. Then reduce the oven heat to 100-150°C/200-300°F and let the food simmer until cooked.

    Serve with mashed potatoes.


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If you try this, please let me know what you think! 

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