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Sauces, Syrups & Condiments

While Dutch food itself may not be that famous, surely everyone's heard of Hollandaise sauce and apple sauce? Their origins are Dutch. Learn the easy way to make them.

Apple Syrup
Apple syrup is exactly what it says on the jar (so to speak), i.e. syrup made from apples. It’s tart and fruity, full of apple goodness and you can use it in a myriad ways.

Apple & Cranberry Sauce Recipe (Appelmoes met Veenbessen)
Cranberries add a refreshingly sour note to this nursery favorite. It goes particularly well with roast birds such as chicken, guinea fowl,or turkey and makes a nice match for roast pork, too.

Dutch Apple Sauce
The Dutch love eating apple sauce (or 'appelmoes' as they call it) as a condiment with their main meal. Children love it and it's very much part of the everyday family meal here in Holland. My apple sauce is so easy to make, I guarantee that the hardest thing about it is peeling the apples!

Hazelnut & Chocolate Sandwich Spread (Chocopasta)
This homemade version of chocolate spreads like Nutella and Duo Penotti combines dark chocolate chips, real butter, sweetened condensed milk and hazelnuts into a rich, decadent sandwich spread with zero additives.

Dutch Sandwich Spread with Cream Cheese, Chives & Celeriac
This allium-rich cream cheese tastes terrific on whole wheat bread or sourdough, but also makes a delicious dip with crudités.

Herbed Hangop
Hangop, or strained yoghurt, is very easy to make and incredibly versatile. Hangop literally means 'to hang up', which refers to the process of making this strained yoghurt. While hangop is traditionally sweetened and served as a breakfast or dessert dish, I love this savory incarnation.

Hollandaise Sauce
Its refined lemony cream flavor makes Hollandaise sauce a natural choice for delicate dishes like asparagus and fish. Many people seem to think making Hollandaise is something for advanced cooks, but it really isn’t very hard. All you need is the patience to keep stirring it for a few minutes.

Homemade Dutch Mayonnaise
Homemade Dutch mayonnaise is nothing like the fake chemical stuff many supermarkets sell. Its rich and creamy and very grown up. Its also dead easy to make yourself, especially with my recipe.

Homemade Herb Butter Recipe (Klassieke Kruidenboter)
A great herbed butter transforms even the simplest piece of bread or the most boring baked potato. Our classic version can be easily adapted to your taste.

Horseradish Sauce Recipe (Mierikswortelsaus)
This simple sauce is a classic accompaniment with smoked fish of any kind. I particularly like it with smoked salmon and crispy crackers.

Fresh Tarragon & Garlic Mayonnaise (Mayonnaise met Dragon & Knoflook )
Mayonnaise is so ubiquitously served with fries in Dutch cuisine that a variation on the theme is always welcome. Of course, you can serve this garlicky tarragon mayo with anything you'd normally use the condiment for, but it is particularly good with good old Dutch 'friet' (fries). Yum!

Mustard & Dill Sauce
Mustard & Dill Sauce Recipe - Mustard-Dill Mayonnaise - How to Make Mustard-Dill Sauce

Pearl Onion Pickle Recipe
Pearl onion pickle is a common accompaniment of a Dutch cheese- or charcuterie plate. Make it at home with this simple recipe.

Preserved Lemons Recipe
Yvette van Boven's easy recipe for making preserved lemons at home means you'll no longer need to make a special trip to a Middle Eastern or North African store the next time a recipe lists this exotic ingredient.

Redcurrant Relish
Redcurrants -- ruby beauties native to Northern Europe -- are like a summer version of the cranberry. With their tart juiciness they are ideal for fruit salads, jellies and pavlovas, and you can even team them with barbequed meats, much as you would serve cranberry sauce with roasts in the winter. My redcurrant relish marries redcurrants with red onions, chili and lime.

Red Grapefruit & Lime Curd Recipe
Fruit curds are popular in Great Britain and Ireland, where they are a classic partner for scones and tea. This recipe for red grapefruit and lime curd was inspired by Yvette van Boven's youth in Ireland.

Rosemary & Lemon Sea Salt Recipe
My flavored sea salt with fresh rosemary and lemon zest adds zesty zing to chicken, pork, lamb and griddled vegetable dishes.

Dutch Satay Sauce Recipe
Satay sauce, that peanutty Indonesian favorite, has become so entrenched in the food culture of the Netherlands that its now seen as near-native. In Holland, satay sauce is not only enjoyed with Indonesian classics such as the eponymous skewered meat dish or gado gado, but also with Dutch-style fries and barbecued meats.

Spiced Fruit Chutney
Chutney, a type of savory relish or jam from India, makes an exotic condiment. Chutneys came to the Netherlands via Surinam, which boasts a large East Indian community. East meets West in this fragrant chutney, which marries Dutch speculaas spices with apples, pears, apricots, chiles, ginger and other goodies.

Zingy Zaanse Mayo
Mustard and mayonnaise make almost anything taste (even) better. Why not marry the two with some fresh parsley and dill for a zingy condiment?

Herring & Herb Relish
A versatile relish that can be used as part of a salad dressing, a topping for meats or fish or as a base for potato salads.

Pickled Beet Salad with Ash-Coated Goat's Cheese (Geweckte Bietensalade)
Whether it's the more frugal time we live in, or because we're increasingly uncertain about where processed foods come from (and what goes into them), it seems that the old-fashioned art of home canning is back with a vengeance. With that in mind, this pickled beet recipe could very well become a reborn culinary classic - pickled beets 2.0.

Salt Rub with Spices from the Dutch East India Company
This flavored salt is made with the spices that the old Dutch East India Company (VOC) was famous for trading. Use as a seasoning on venison, duck and lamb prior to cooking.

Spice Rub from the New Dutch Kitchen
This spice rub combines typical spices from the 'New Dutch Cuisine', that interesting amalgum of the foods and ingredients of the Netherland's many immigrant groups. Made with ras el hanout (a Moroccan spice blend) and pul biber (Turkish red chilli pepper flakes), sea salt and caraway seeds, the rub is great on lamb chops, chicken or even, dare I say it, pork. These aromatics are widely available at Turkish/Moroccan shops in the larger Dutch cities, but I've also provided a ras el hanout recipe.

Turkish Pistachio Dip Recipe
This effort-free vegetarian dip is made from pistachios, Turkish sheep's cheese (peynir), garlic, olive oil and parsley. Trust me on this - you'll be hearing ooohs and aaahs the minute people taste it. Serve as an appetizer, with (Turkish bread), olives, and other dips.

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