My Global Food Challenge


Merimiespihvi – Sailor’s Beef Casserole (Finland)

“This is from the “Best of Finnish Cooking”. The author put it together to pass on her heritage to her sons. The author wrote that Finnish food is salty, but use your own judgement and discretion when it comes to the amount that you use. Do not use anything except pale lager for the beer.”


1 lb round steak (or brisket)
2 tablespoons butter (or vegetable oil)
2 medium onions, peeled and thinly sliced
8 medium potatoes (about 2.2 pounds)
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1 cup beer (pale lager only!!)
1 cup beef broth
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoon chopped parsley


Preheat oven to 350.

Cut the meat into slices across the grain. In a hot skillet, brown them quickly on both sides using only half the butter or oil. Remove to a plate.

Lower the heat and cook the onions slowly in the rest of the butter until they are soft and golden. If they become browned, they’ll be a completely different taste than when they’re golden.

Peel and slice the potatoes as thinly as possible.

In a 1 quart casserole dish, layer the potatoes with the browned meat and onions, sprinkling each meat layer with a litle of the salt, pepper and allspice. Start with a layer of potatoes, meat, onions, spice. Repeated two more times for a total of three layers, but make the last layer one of potatoes.

Rinse the skillet with the beer and the broth. Pour into the casserole. Add the bay leaf.

Link to My Post on Finland:

Cuisine: Finnish

Main Ingredient: Beef

Finnish Macaroni Casserole (Suomen Makaronilaatikko)

“This recipe is from It’s very family friendly.”

Yield: 6 Servings


2 cups cooked macaroni
3/4 cup cheddar cheese, grated
1 1/2 lbs ground beef (or combination of ground meat)
1 onion, finely chopped
2 cups milk
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3 eggs
2 tablespoons oil (for frying)


Heat oil in skillet and brown the ground beef with the chopped onion.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Grease or spray oil in an oven proof casserole dish. Add the cooked macaroni and meat/onion mixture.

Whisk together milk and eggs; add the nutmeg and about half of the cheese. Pour this mixture over the macaroni and meat in the casserole. Top with the remaining cheese and bake in the preheated oven for approximately 40 minutes, or until the cheese is golden brown and the casserole is heated throughout.

Serve with ketchup.

Link to My Post on Finland:

Cuisine: Finnish

Main Ingredient: Pasta

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