The traditional Dutch kitchen is a fairly limiting one. At least for the average person. Whenever you ask a Dutch person what traditional Dutch food is they will probably say, ‘cheese, haring, pancakes and hutspot’. In modern times this has changed by another Dutch tradition – trade. International trade is almost overpowering in Dutch history and culture. The modern Dutch kitchen is very diversified with a variety of foods readily available from around the world and the Dutch are very quick to integrate these foods into their daily lives. Whether this variety comes from their openness to other cultures, their economic endeavors abroad or their lack of a traditional kitchen boring their taste buds to death I cannot fathom, but the traditional Hutspot is still served in many Dutch homes today, particularly in the winter months.
Hutspot is basically a mix of mashed potatoes with various ingredients added into the mashed potatoes and served with smoked sausage or some kind of beef and gravy. Here are some variations.
Although all recipes vary, traditional huspot is basically 50/50 mashed potatoes and mashed carrots with onions, salt and pepper. Serve this with sausage, small hamburger, steak or pork. Some people add small cubes of fried salt pork or spice it with bay leaves and parsley. But they are just being fancy.
Boerenkool met Worst – Kale with Sausage
This is really popular in the Netherlands and is also sold ready made at every grocery store in the winter months. Again you cook 50/50 potatoes and kale then mash them together. Serve with gravy, smoked sausage, small pickled onions and piccalilli. Season with salt and pepper. Variations are adding onions to the potato/kale mix, adding fried salt pork cubes and butter.
Zuurkool met Worst – Sauerkraut with Sausage
Unlike the other stampot recipes the sauerkraut in this recipe can be overpowering if you over do it. A 50/50 amount between the potato and sauerkraut will be a bit to strong so it is more 60/40 with potato and sauerkraut. The sauerkraut is also sweeter if you fry it in a pan before adding it to the mashed potatoes. Traditionally you also add fried salt pork bits, salt and pepper. Variations are to add clove powder and I have seen a recipe which adds apple chunks into the potato mix. Serve with sausage and gravy.
Hutspot is a cheap and easy food. It’s extremely easy to make so is also good for kids to make. For those with boy scouts and girl scouts, it is also easy to make over an open fire so great for family fun.