Sailor's Beef Casserole (Merimiespihvi) - Finnish

Recipe by Debbie R.
READY IN: 3hrs




  • 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. I started 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.
  • Cover tightly, but no need for foil under the lid. Bake for 2 hours, or until the meat is tender and potatoes are soft.
  • Sprinkle with parsley and serve. Traditionally served with pickled beets.