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Karjalan Paisti - Karelian Hot Pot


Karjalan Paisti

Karelian Hot Pot is the National Dish of Finland

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Serve Karelian Hot Pot as the Finns do, with mashed potatoes and cranberry or lingonberry preserves on the side.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 6 hours

Total Time: 6 hours, 10 minutes


  • 1 lb. beef stew meat, chopped into 1" pieces
  • 1 lb. pork stew meat, chopped into 1" pieces
  • 1 lb. lamb stew meat, chopped into 1" pieces
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 large onions, peeled and sliced
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. peppercorns
  • 8 whole allspice
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 cups water


Brown beef, pork, and lamb stew meat on all sides in olive oil over medium-high heat. Place half of the sliced onions in the bottom of the crockpot, cover with half of the meat, and sprinkle with half of the salt, peppercorns, allspice, and a bay leaf. Repeat the layers. Pour in 2 cups water, cover crockpot, and allow to cook on low heat for 6-8 hours.

Yield: 5-6 servings of Karelian Hot Pot.

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