Ashley brought this wonderful family dish.  Just try to pronounce without assistance.

Makaronilaatikko is a Finnish dish. Traditionally, in Finland, it is a savory dish and is made with minced meat and served with lots of ketchup on top. Erik’s grandmother liked to make it as a sweet dish though, with the sugar and cardamom in it. She would serve it as a side dish to ham, etc. during holidays.

Again, please excuse my photos- they are admittedly really bad.

Here is Ash’s recipe for Makaronilaatikko (a Heiskanen family recipe):

3 cups cooked macaroni (large elbows)
3 cups whole or 2% milk
3 eggs, slightly beaten
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/3 cup sugar
1 – 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cardamom

1/3 cup fine dry bread crumbs
2 Tablespoons butter

Preheat oven to 350. Butter a 3 quart casserole dish. Put the cooked macaroni in the bottom. In a large bowl, combine all other ingredients, except the butter and bread crumbs. Pour over the macaroni gently, top with breadcrumbs, and dot with butter. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes, or until casserole is set and the top is slightly browned. Serve warm. Serves 9-10.

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