Estonian Potatoes and Groats Mash with Smoked Pork

Estonian Potatoes and Groats Mash with Smoked Pork

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Ingredients

700 g potatoes
100 g groats
50 g Butter
300 g smoked pork better if it has some fat
100 g onions
20 g Parsley
Salt, pepper, oil
  • Medium

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This delicious traditional Estonian dish was provided by Estonian chef Janno Lepik. Janno is the Head Chef at Leib, a prestigious restaurant located in Old Town Tallinn.

The dish originates from Southern Estonia. People in Southern Estonia started boiling potatoes and pearl barley together in the second half of the 19th century as the combination was very filling. By the last quarter of the 19th century, this porridge was known all over Estonia and a century later  became a national dish that is served at various official events.

How to Prepare the Dish:

  1. Peal potatoes, wash in cold water.
  2. Put potatoes and washed groats into a pot and cover with water 3 cm above potatoes and groats. Add salt and boil in medium heat about 1 hour until groats are soft.
  3. Check time to time if the water is not evaporated and need additional water if needed. When groats are soft there should be 1 cm of water on top.
  4. Add butter and make potatoes and groats into mash, add salt if needed.
  5. Cut smoked meat 0.5cm x 1cm pieces. Peal and cut onions. Pan fry onions, add smoked meat and fry until meat is golden. Add fresh parsley.
  6. Enjoy

Photo credit: https://www.visitestonia.com

Janno Lepik

Chef Janno Lepik is the mastermind behind Leib, one of Estonia’s best restaurants.  Janno started his culinary career in a local vocational school and then worked in several restaurants in London.

He returned to his come country Estonia and is current the Head Chef at Leib. Leib, which means black bread in Estonian, is famous for sourcing all its ingredients from local farms and thus supporting small Estonian farmers and fishermen.

Check out our interview with Chef Janno Lepik and his business-partner, sommelier Kristjan Peäske.

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