JOULUPöYTä (translated "
Yule table") is the traditional assortment
of foods served at
Finland , similar to the Swedish
julbord . It contains many different dishes, most of them typical for
the season. The main dish is usually a large
Christmas ham , which is
eaten with mustard or bread along with the other dishes. Fish is also
served (often lutefisk and gravlax ), and the ham is served with
laatikkos, casseroles made with swede, potato and carrot, occasionally
liver. The traditional
Christmas beverage is either alcoholic or
non-alcoholic mulled wine (glögi in Finnish ).
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The traditional dishes of joulupöytä include:
Christmas ham with mustard
* Karelian stew (not served everywhere in Finland)
Lipeäkala with melted butter and white sauce
* Raw, salt-cured salmon and lavaret , often served with chopped red
onion and sour cream
Pickled herring in various forms (tomato, mustard, matjes or onion
Potato casserole (sweetened or not, depending on preference)
* Carrot casserole
* Rutabaga casserole
* Boiled potatoes
* Rosolli (salad from boiled beetroots, carrots, potatoes, apples
and pickled cucumber. It's sometimes served with herring.)
* Mushroom salad
* Various sauces
Beverages most often served are:
Schnapps such as
Koskenkorva Viina as an appetizer
Beer , often special
Christmas varieties. Most Finnish breweries
have seasonal beers for Christmas. Homemade beer is also common.
Wine is nontraditional, but has grown in popularity
Mulled wine (glögi) either alcoholic or non-alcoholic
The usual desserts are:
* Prune jam pastries also known as joulutorttu -
which are also called joulutahti - which means
Christmas stars as they
are made in a star shape.
Gingerbread called piparkakku - commonly as round shapes, and
sometimes as houses, usually the biscuits are not decorated, but the
houses maybe iced.
* Mixed fruit soup
* Kiisseli which is a plum runny desert commonly served with whipped
Rice pudding or rice porridge with cinnamon, sugar and cold milk
or with raisin or mixed fruit soup called riisipuoro - rice porridge
Ice cream with jam
* Confectioneries and other sweets , especially chocolates
* Coffee, the Finns prefer a mild roast and serve this as pannukahvi
- made a special way. Tea, is less common and fruit teas become more
common rather than just black tea.
Glögi , glögi is usually served
with almonds and raisins in it and is non-alcoholic. It is found in
many public settings and while alcohol could be added it would be
uncommon to typically offer it this way in contrast with other
cultures that offer mulled wine, which is alcoholic.
Usually the rice porridge is served from a large, common kettle and
an almond has been hidden in it. The one who gets the almond gets his
Christmas presents first or gets a wish . Sometimes rice
porridge is served as breakfast.