Carelian meat stew

I love oven stews as they practically cook themselves, and as the taste of the ingredients really comes out - no tricks are needed. This Carelian classic, karjalanpaisti in Finnish, is usually made with just meat, but I add veggies and voilĂ : a full meal with just 15 minute preparation!

Cooking time: ACTIVE 15 min, PASSIVE 2-10 hrs


(for 6 servings)

500 g beef hock, cut in large pieces
500 g pork hock, cut in large pieces
2 carrots, chopped
4 potatos, cut in cubes
1 onion, cut in half
4 dry bay leaves (laurel)
15 whole black peppers
1 teaspoon salt
3-4 dl water


Place meat, veggies, potatos, and spices in an oven dish. Pour hot water until the meat is barely covered.

Heat in 150 C for one hour and then in 80 C for at least 2 hours

I put this stew in the oven in the morning and leave it there the whole day - dinner cannot get any easier.