Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Souvas with Mushroom Sauce Recipe

Suovas with Mushroom Sauce

Suovas is the Sami word for "smoked". And Sami’s are people who live in the Artic region, in northern Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia.

Souvas also refers to salted smoked reindeer meat. It is one of the most delicious meats I have eaten. The flavor is intense, gamey and smoky. Reindeer meat is quite lean but extremely tender when thinly sliced and cooked quickly.

Here is what the meat looks like (photo source:  Svantes)

Since the meat is gamey, mushrooms complement it very well. Generally Suovas is served with mashed potatoes but I opted for rice, because I was a bit lazy to make mashed potatoes. As you can imagine, Suovas and rice is not common in the Arctic.

Adopted from: Svantes

400 gram Suovas, thinly sliced
1 onion, chopped
120 gram mushrooms
1 tablespoon light soja
2 tablespoons cream
2 cloves garlic, minced
3-5 crushed juniper berries
Crushed black pepper
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon butter

1.      Heat butter in a pan over medium high heat
2.      Add onions, mushrooms and garlic and cook until onions start to brown. Set aside
3.      Add Suovas to the pan and cook until just done. This will take a few minutes only. Add more butter if necessary.
4.      Add onions, mushrooms and the rest of the ingredients to the pan and warm through. Add salt to taste

Suovas with Mushroom Sauce


  1. Very exotic-looking dish (or rather meat because in general game with mushrooms is something I know and like a lot!). I am a big fan of smoked meat, so I'm sure I would enjoy this dish too.

  2. Thank you. Hope you get the chance to try this. This meat may not be easily available though

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