Pyttipanna is a hodgepodge of food similar to a hash. The term “pytt i panna” is Swedish and means “small pieces in pan”. Pyttipanna belongs especially to Swedish and Finnish cuisine and traditionally consists of potatoes, onions and any kind of chopped or minced meat, all diced and then pan fried. It is often served with fried eggs on the top.
This dish was originally made from leftovers of past meals to save money. It was very filling and also inexpensive to make for big families. Nowadays it’s far more common to prepare pyttipanna from prime ingredients and you can even find it on the menu of many Finnish restaurants.
I used to visit my late grandmother at least once a week and she usually wanted to serve me dinner – every now and then also pyttipanna. Granny used Creme Bonjour’s chive cream cheese in her panna, which was so delicious that I use it in mine even now. Creme Bonjour is a brand sold mostly in Finland, Sweden and Russia. As a substitute you can use any kind of cream cheese seasoned with herbs.
We have often made pyttipanna from leftover cooked potatoes, but if an insurmountable lust will surprise us, we just cook some potatoes a few hours before mealtime – potatoes have to be cooled down before peeling and cutting.
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