DUTCH CLASSIC FOOD Stamppot


Yes, winter is coming believe it or not. Today was only a moderate 20C, but in the morning you can smell autumn, with its earthly scent and cool wind lurking around the corner. Around 06:00 am I tend to walk the dog, I love it. Of course, the dog, named Tum Tum rather keeps on pretending to be asleep in her basket, but I have other plans for the day and want to get out. 

Today a group of super friendly students from the CIEE are comming around for their workshop "Dutch traditional cooking" It was going to be the 3rd group. We made 3 kinds of "Stamppot" Stamppot is mashed potatoes with some other vegetables. In Holland we have a great diversity of stamppotten.


Today we made:

Hete bliksem (Hot Lightning)
Hutspot (Hotchpotch)
Blote billen in het gras (Bare bottoms in the grass)

I know, we Dutch tend to be outgoing and are not ashamed to talk about sex, we think it belongs to life, like Italians are convinced that tomatoes belong to life, it's a fact. But the bare bottoms in this Stamppot are just the white beans sticking out of the green string beens which one uses in the recipe. It's kind of a joke ;)

We also made some lovely meatballs, smoked sausage and something called "Speklapjes" The last one is a very thick slice of bacon. You put it in a hot skillet, sprinkle a pinch of yellow curry powder on top and fry it till golden brown.

Hot lightning is called so, because the juice of the apples tend to be very hot and manny a time, ones mouth or tongue will burn if you are not careful. The mixture of sour apples with the potatoes and the "Speklapje" make it a wonderful winter warming mash: one of my favorites.

Hutspot has been around the Netherlands for rather a long time, even before the potato arrived in Europe. It used to be made with Parsnip, a great combination. During the Dutch 80 year war, it was the dish on witch many human survived. 

So, cooking with these international students has once again been great fun, It makes me realize that a small country as Holland has got a great history and good fun food, healthy, nutricious and yes indeed, tasteful too!


HUTSPOT
Ingredients
potatoes
carrots
onions
mustard
Milk
Butter
Nutmegg
Cloves
Juniper berrys
Bay leaves

Boil potatoes, grated carrots and onions til bite tender. Strain them, put a good whallop of butter in the pot, a dash of milk and with a classic Dutch pestle, squash all till a nice corse mixture has been made. Put on a plate wit in the middle a bit of gravy and serve with a hot meatball, "speklapje" or sausage. Of course, do not forget the Mustard.

HETE BLIKSEM
Ingredients
potatoes
sour apples
some dried apple bits
Milk
Butter
Foelie
Juniper berry's 

Boil potatoes and apples till bite tender. Strain them, put a good whallop of butter in the pot, a dash of milk and with a classic Dutch pestle, squash all till a nice corse mixture has been made. Put on a plate whit in the middle a bit of gravy and serve with a hot meatball, "speklapje" or sausage.



BLOTE BILLEN IN HET GRAS
Potatoes
String beans
White beans (without the tomato sauce please!!!!)
Milk
Butter
Juniper berrys
Foelie

Cut the string beans n long slices. Boil potatoes and the string beans til bite tender. Strain them, put a good whallop of butter in the pot, a dash of milk and with a classic Dutch pestle, squash all till a nice corse mixture has been made. Put in the white beans, careful not to squeeze them and put them on a plate wit in the middle a bit of gravy and serve with a crispy fried slice of black pudding and some slices of fried and caramelized apple. A heavenly combination.

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