Specialita’ di Lapponia.

IMG_2567IMG_2568Fra le specialita’ culinarie che si possono gustare in territorio lappone o comunque nel nord Finlandia,  ci sono sicuramente le preparazioni a base di carne di renna.  Questo animale e’ infatti allevato solo in quelle zone perche’ solo in quelle zone puo’ sopravvivere e gli abitanti di quei territori se ne sono cibati da secoli,  usandone poi le pelli per coprirsi e le corna per farne accessori…  Non pensiate di trovare la carne di renna dovunque in Finlandia:  nella parte sud del Paese e’ poco piu’ che una curiosita’.

Nelle mie foto vi propongo tre piatti a base di carne di renna che abbiamo assaggiato nel nostro recente viaggio in Lapponia:  qui sopra un Poroburger,  cioe’ un hamburger di renna con salsa ai mirtilli rossi,  maionese e formaggio di Kuusamo. “Renna” in finnico si dice:  Poro.

Questo di seguito qui sotto invece e’ il Poronkäristys,  cioe’ deliziosa carne rosolata,  di solito accompagnata da pure’ di patate (anch’esse locali),  salsa ai mirtilli rossi e cetrioli in salamoia.  Questo piatto e’ molto rappresentativo e lo troverete in tutti i ristoranti della Finlandia del centro-nord.

IMG_2783IMG_2784IMG_2786La carne di renna e’ molto buona:  assomiglia al manzo con solo un vago retrogusto di selvaggina.  La potete trovare anche in scatola,  ma essendo una carne molto magra,  spesso vi viene aggiunto del maiale.

L’ultimo piatto che vi propongo e’ la pizza con fette di arrosto di renna.  Non poteva proprio mancare!  🙂

La prima con soli cetrioli e la seconda con rondelle di cipolla rossa,  formaggio Aura (erborinato) alternate a fette di salame. IMG_2830IMG_2831

Lapland Delicacies.

Among the food varieties that you can find in Lapland or in the north of Finland,  certainly reindeer meat is the most original.  Reindeer live only in the territories above the Arctic circle,  or little below;  they have been bred by local populations for centuries and exploited as food,  as clothing (their skin) and as tools and accessories (their horns)…  Do not think that reindeer meat is a common habit in all Finland:  as a matter of fact in the southern part of the country it is just a curiosity. 

In this post I will share today three different ways to taste reindeer meat,  as we did in our recent trip to the north.  In the first shots above you can see a Poroburger:  a reindeer hamburger with lingonberry sauce,  mayonnaise and Kuusamo cheese.  By the way:  the Finnish word for “reindeer” is Poro.

In the following three photos you can see the Poronkäristys,  the most representative dish:  delicious sautéed reindeer meat on top of a large portion of local mashed potatoes accompanied by pickled cucumbers and   lingonberry sauce.  This is a dish you can find in every restaurant in north Finland/Lapland.

Reindeer meat is good,  in my opinion:  it tastes like beef but with a slight aftertaste of game.  You can find it canned, as well,  but it is often mixed with pork meat,  as alone it would be a bit dry. 

Last dish in today’s menu:  pizza with roast reindeer slices.  I could not miss it!  🙂

In the two versions you can appreciate pizza with reindeer and cucumbers;  or pizza with reindeer,  some salami,  onion rings and some local blue cheese called Aura.

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39 thoughts on “Specialita’ di Lapponia.

  1. Excellent photos of these reindeer dishes. I have tasted poronkäristys a few times, but it is not my favourite. It was a bit dry every time – maybe the chef was not that good…

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  2. Nice posts. I have Just found your beautiful and particular sebsite through Linda and Tom’s blogs … I was interested in your “food tour” 🙂 Thanks for sharing your food experiences.

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  3. Ti posso dire solo che e’ molto piu’ leggera e saporita di quella di cervo, ad esempio, che capita di assaggiare in montagna. A me piace molto: peccato che qui al sud costicchia, perche’ non e’ certo a km 0!! 🙂

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  4. If my memory serves me right I believe I once tried pakaste poronkäristys. It was ok but nothing special IMHO. Now here´s what you should try. Make karjalanpaisti from moose meat, ad some pork and you´re good to go. Super delicious!

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  5. Guarda, senz’altro la carne di renna e’ buona. Arrosto, come roast-beef, come spezzatino, spadellata e anche nelle minestre e torte salate. Ti diro’ anche che non ha bisogno di essere marinata. I cetrioli sono un di piu’ per dare un guizzo di sapore. Buona giornata!

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  6. The food looks amazing! I don’t think I can eat reindeer meat though but I would really love to try Finnish cuisine.

    Once, my former Finnish neighbours treated me to a Finnish Kalakukko Fish Pie and I absolutely loved it!

    Happy Thursday, Luisella!

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