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Dutch Food: Most Popular Articles

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Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. A Day in the Life.
Join me for a look at a day in the life of Dutch eating, as I take you through a typical Dutch breakfast, lunch and dinner.
How to Make Traditional Dutch Poffertjes from...
Pancake Puffs (known as 'Poffertjes' in Dutch) are basically baby, baby pancakes, and are loved by children of all ages. This recipe is for the classic version.
Best Amsterdam Terraces
Looking for something off the beaten track, where the locals go for a drink on a hot summer´s day? Our selection of Amsterdam patios includes plenty of waterside cafes, glorious garden patios and a rooftop terrace with stunning city views.
10 More Top Terraces in Amsterdam
When warm weather finally arrives in the Netherlands after a long wet winter, it seems as if everybody embraces the sunshine and heads outside to the nearest terrace. Here are a few of our favorite outdoor patios, ranging from a classic garden getaway in one of the city's most beautiful parks to newly opened river- and canalside cafes.
Best Amsterdam Spots for Food Lovers - Food...
Join me for a virtual stroll along the best foodie spots Amsterdam has to offer for the culinary minded shopper. We will visit my favorite markets, restaurants, kitchen stores and cheese shops. There's sure to be something for even the pickiest gourmand. Welcome to Amsterdam!
The Essential Recipe for Amsterdam's Most...
'Bitterballen' are a popular bar snack in the Netherlands and Belgium. They can be made with any number of ragout fillings, but this beef version is a classic of the genre.
Learn All About Dutch Cheese Varieties, Markets...
Holland is renowned for its excellent cheese. I offer an overview of the most important varieties of Dutch cheese, what they taste like, what to look out for and where to buy them.
10 Dutch Breakfast & Brunch Recipes
The Dutch tend to favor wholesome breakfast items such as brown bread, fruit and low fat spiced rye cake (called 'ontbijtkoek') over sugary cereals, pastries and muffins. Coffee, milk and juice often feature on the breakfast table in Holland. Other options include rusks, called 'beschuit', currant buns ('krentenbollen'), muesli, egg dishes and crackers with cheese and other toppings. Things get fancier on Dutch holidays, when smoked fish and fruited breads are are added.
How to Make Dutch New Year's Donuts Any Time of...
Traditional 'oliebollen' (literally, 'oil balls') have often been called the precursor of the donut, the popular American treat. In fact, it seems very probable that early Dutch settlers took their tradition over to the New World where it evolved into the anytime-anywhere snack the donut is today. In Holland, however, they are pretty much a seasonal treat: made and enjoyed specifically to ring in the New Year.
Erwtensoep: Easy-to-Make Dutch Split Pea Soup
Made with split peas, plenty of vegetables and pork, this delicious Dutch 'erwtensoep' is a meal of a soup that'll put some meat on your bones in the coldest months. Also known as 'snert', this hearty soup is traditionally served on New Year's Day in the Netherlands, but is also enjoyed throughout the fall and winter months.
The 10 Best Restaurants for Dutch Food in...
While it's still easier to find Indonesian, French or Italian restaurants in Amsterdam than eateries that dish up the city's native cuisine, local food is making a comeback as young Dutch chefs embrace their roots. My overview of restaurants that serve Dutch food runs the gamut from very cheap to very expensive, and includes restaurants that cook traditional Dutch dishes (sometimes with a twist) and eateries that use local ingredients in interesting new ways.
It's Time to Hit the Road with this Classic...
An 'uitsmijter' is a typical feature on Amsterdam's cafe menus. It consists of fried eggs (sunny side up), on white bread, with ham and, sometimes, cheese.
Taste our homemade advocaat, and you'll never...
Advocaat is a creamy yellow liqueur made from a rich blend of egg yolks, sugar, brandy and a touch of vanilla - and really easy to make at home.
How to Make Chive Oil from Scratch.
As bright in flavor as it is in color, this fragrant chive oil can be used to drizzle over veggies, grilled meats and for marinades and sauces.
Steamed Cod Fillet with Carrots and Leeks
Steaming is not only one of the easiest ways of preparing fish, it is certainly one of the healthiest. Try this good-for-you recipe with (sustainable) cod, court bouillon, leeks and carrots.
How to Make Your Own Dutch Speculaaskruiden...
Many Dutch recipes call for a fragrant spice mix called 'speculaaskruiden', which consists of cinnamon, mace, cloves, ginger and a few other spices. You can buy this spice mix (online), or substitute pumpkin pie spices, but if you want the authentic taste, why not mix your own? See my step by step guide, with photos.
Homemade Dutch Mayonnaise
Homemade Dutch mayonnaise is nothing like the fake chemical stuff many supermarkets sell. It is rich and creamy and very grown up. It is also dead easy to make yourself, especially with my recipe.
10 Easy-To-Make Meals for Pregnant Women
Want to cook healthy homemade meals for you and your baby while you're pregnant? Our list of 10 simple recipes for moms-to-be should get you off to a good start.
10 Dutch Appetizers
These delicious Dutch appetizer and savory snack recipes are ideal for everyday entertaining, parties and holiday get-togethers. Prepare in advance, so you can feed the hungry hordes without getting stuck in the kitchen yourself.
The Story Behind Dutch Drop: A Licorice Love...
The Dutch are a nation obsessed with licorice. Discover its origins, how it's made and how it fits into Dutch culture.
Pan-Fried Pointed Cabbage with Leeks & Bacon
This vegetable side dish recipe features cabbage, leeks, onions and parsley. A classic combination that dates back to recipes from the Middle Ages. I've added bacon for added flavor and texture.
Learn How to Make Dutch Apple Pie From Scratch
This recipe delivers a really big apple pie, with a sandy-crisp, buttery crust and a pretty peek-a-boo lattice pattern on top.
Best Spots for Food Lovers in The Hague - Food...
While The Hague ('Den Haag' in Dutch) isn't the capital of the Netherlands, in many ways it acts as if it is. After all, The Hague is the seat of the Dutch government and parliament, the Supreme Court, and the Council of State. Moreover, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands lives at Huis ten Bosch in The Hague and works at Noordeinde Palace in the heart of the city. And, all foreign embassies in the Netherlands and some 150 international organisations are situated in the city, including the International Criminal Court, the Peace Palace and the International Court of Justice. The Hague is also the fourth major center for the United Nations and likes to call itself the Legal Capital of the World and the International City of Peace and Justice. With all this going on, it's no surprise that Den Haag boasts a thriving, international dining scene and fantastic foodie shops to cater to its culturally diverse population.
15 Warm Weather Wonders
These are our favorite warm weather wonders; recipes that are a joy to cook - and eat - when it's warm outside.
Learn How To Make Spijs (Almond Paste) with Our...
Almond paste (called 'spijs' in Dutch) is used as a filling in a number of Dutch baked goods, such as 'stollen', 'gevulde koek', 'gevulde speculaas', 'banketstaaf', etc. It's very easy to make your own.
Volkorenbrood: How to Make Whole Wheat Bread...
The Dutch really love their bread, but unlike so many nations they seem to have a preference for brown and wholewheat varieties. This easy recipe for whole wheat bread came to me via an artisanal baker in Amsterdam who specializes in whole wheat baked goods. So, roll up those sleeves and prepare for a flour fest.
Stroopwafels (Dutch Syrup Waffles)
While prepared in a waffle iron, 'stroopwafels' (syrup waffles) are more like caramel-filled cookies than waffles. Apparently, the first stroopwafels were baked in Gouda (also famous for its cheese) in the late 18th century. They are popular all over the Netherlands today, and while you can buy them abroad nowadays, they taste at their best freshly (home)made, baked until golden and crispy with a melting caramel center and that familiar warm sugary smell of Dutch fairgrounds and markets.
Spekkoek Recipe
This spiced multi-layered cake is an excellent example of the true fusion between Dutch and Indonesian traditions, and a popular delicacy in the Netherlands today.
Trout in Foil with White Wine & Tarragon Sauce
Many people are put off by the complicated sounding term 'en papillote', a popular way to cook fish. In fact, the term simply means 'cooked in parchment' or, in this case, foil. This recipe from 'Werken met Vis' cookbook explains how to make foil-wrapped Trout in eight easy steps.
Brown Bean Soup
'Bruine bonen soep' (Dutch Brown Bean Soup) is a typical Dutch winter meal. My recipe is easy to make and an ideal way to get you hooked on winning winter food from Holland. Trust me, this soup will wrap you up like a warm blanket on a cold day.
10 Dutch Recipes You Absolutely Must Try
If you've never cooked Dutch food before, I'm sure it can be pretty daunting to figure out what to try first. I'd like to point you in the right direction. These recipes offer a small taste of what Holland has to offer.
10 Best Coffee Bars in Amsterdam
Amsterdam's cafés have come a long way since the days when stale black filter coffee was the standard. Today, most Dutch cafés serve freshly brewed cappuccino, espresso and other Italian-style coffees and there is a thriving coffee bar culture in the capital city of the Netherlands. Discover Amsterdam's ten top spots to stop for a cup of coffee.
You'll Love These Poffertjes with Strawberries...
Pancake Puffs (known as 'Poffertjes' in Dutch) are basically fluffy baby pancakes. This recipe teams this Dutch favorite with strawberries & cream.
Apple Syrup (Appelstroop)
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.
Dutch Satay Sauce Recipe
Satay sauce, that peanutty Indonesian favorite, has become so entrenched in the food culture of the Netherlands that it’s 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.
Homemade Herb Butter Recipe (Klassieke...
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.
24 Dutch Seafood Recipes
From scrambled eggs with shrimp to classic sole with Hollandaise sauce, we have a seafood recipe for every meal and hour of the day here.
Coleslaw (Koolsla)
Coleslaw is a typical barbeque standby and fantastic served with steaks, burgers or hot dogs. Kids love it, so it's a great way to get them to eat their veggies. This nutritious salad is nothing like the gloopy stuff many people think of at the mention of the word 'coleslaw'.
Groninger Mosterdsoep (Mustard Soup from...
Is it a condiment, is it a soup? While the idea of mustard soup may sound strange to some, this traditional speciality from Groningen is really rather delicious. It's made with Groningen's regional mustard (although any decent grainy mustard could substitute pretty nicely), onions, chives and crispy bacon bits.
Old-Fashioned Dutch Apple Beignets with Cinnamon
These fritters are like a cross between apple pie and donuts: the outside golden brown and crispy, and the apple on the inside just cooked, while still retaining some bite. They are traditionally served at New Year's Eve celebrations in the Netherlands, just before all those New Year's diet resolutions kick in. So tuck in while you have a chance.
Slagroomtaart (Dutch Cream Cake)
For an authentically Dutch celebration, you simply have to make this festive cake. There's plenty of freshly whipped cream in this Dutch cream cake, hence the name. To cut through the richness, I like to use tart fruits, like raspberries and redcurrants, in-between the layers of plain sponge and cream.
How the Dutch Do French Toast: A Cinnamony Take...
This recipe will whip you up a quick, easy and delicious batch of custardy cinnamon-flavored French toast - done the Dutch way.
Dutch Veal Croquettes (Kalfskroketten)
An iconic Dutch snack, the veal croquette (or 'kroket' in Dutch) remains a favorite at parties and after late night cafe crawls. This recipe delivers a croquette with a crisp, breaded outside and a delicate, creamy ragout of veal at its center. But be warned: these delicacies can be deceptively hot inside, as many tongue-scorched victims that've fallen prey to their own gluttony can attest.
Sweeten up the festive season with these...
In the Netherlands, the beloved holidays St. Nicholas Eve (called 'Sinterklaas' in Dutch) on December 5, Christmas and New Year's Eve all have their own traditional sweets. This overview lists the most popular Dutch holiday treats.
How to Make Kaasstengels From Scratch (Dutch...
These crispy cheesy twists of puff pastry are traditionally served as a savory accompaniment to soup, but they are just as good as a snack.
Boerenjongens Recipe (Brandied Sultanas)
A favorite treat at Dutch festivities and celebrations, 'boerenjongens' or brandied raisins, are easy to make and can be enjoyed as a drink or used as an ingredient in other dishes.
A Step by Step Guide to Making Dutch Veal...
An iconic Dutch snack, the veal croquette ((or 'kroket' in Dutch) remains a favorite at parties and during late night cafe crawls. A crisp, breaded outside reveals a delicate, creamy ragout of veal at its center. But be warned: these delicacies can be deceptively hot inside, as many tongue-scorched victims that have fallen prey to their own gluttony can attest.
Sauerkraut-bacon stamppot will keep you warm...
This hearty hotchpotch with sauerkraut, potatoes and bacon is as reassuringly old-fashioned as it is wintry and warming.Try our recipe...
Kohlrabi gives great crunch to a salad with...
Kohlrabi is one of those forgotten vegetables that flummoxes people. It's a rather odd, green bulbous thing, with weird shoots sprouting from the top and I think most people simply don't know what to do with it. I love kohlrabi's subtle cabbage taste and crisp bite and I think it's perfect for salads, like my Crunchy Kohlrabi Salad.
16 Summery Salad Recipes
Break out of your salad rut with these sixteen recipes for summertime salads.
The Only Speculaas Recipe You Will Ever Need
These traditional Dutch cookies probably need no introduction, but if you haven't tried our cinnamon-spiced cookies yet, don't wait a moment longer.
Slow and Easy Does it for our Aromatic Pork...
Holland has embraced the cuisine of its former colony and this is a good example of the kind of simple Indonesian food Dutch people cook at home.
Jan Hagel Cookies
These Dutch Christmas cookies with their hint of cinnamon, almond slivers and sugary crunch are just great for the holidays -- or, in fact, any time.
How To Make Hangop
<em>Hangop </em> literally means 'to hang up', which refers to the process of making this strained yoghurt. The Dutch literally used to hang the yoghurt up in a wet linen pillow, suspended by a string, so that the whey could drip down into the sink. There's nothing wrong with this old-fashioned method, but I find it less messy to put a sieve over a bowl, cover it with a damp dish towel and strain my yoghurt in there.
Nasi Goreng (Dutch-Indonesian Fried Rice)
Thanks to Holland's colonial past in Indonesia, nasi goreng is a staple in every Dutch family home today. It's a classic fridge-raid recipe, using up leftover rice, vegetables, bacon and eggs to make a filling meal that'll please the whole family. Turning your leftovers into another meal isn't only a tasty way to save money, but will help to save the environment, too. In this way, an old family classic now seems more timely than ever.
Draadjesvlees (Traditional Dutch Slow-Braised...
This delicious traditional Dutch beef and onion stew is slowly braised in butter, stock and spices until the meat actually falls apart into threads (and indeed, 'draadjesvlees' means thready meat). It is the kind of homely winter food that you prepare on weekends: the meat in the pot may take hours, but you don't have to do much to it, which leaves you free to fold the laundry or potter about the house.
Fresh Tarragon & Garlic Mayonnaise...
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!
Our raw cauliflower salad is rich in vitamins...
Harness all of cauliflower's cancer-fighting properties with this crispy cauliflower salad, featuring red onion, chilli, lime and coriander.
How To Make Stamppot Rauwe Andijvie.
This old-fashioned Dutch winter dish is rich in potassium, vitamin C, folate, fiber and vitamins A and K. Try it now...
Witlof
What the Dutch call witlof is known as known by many other names abroad, such as Belgian endive, chicory and 'witloof' in Belgium.
Indo-Dutch Satay
The Dutch have embraced the food of their former colony, Indonesia, as their own. Nowadays, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a Dutch town without an Indonesian restaurant. Indonesian ingredients are available at every supermarket and Indonesian meals have become a staple of everyday Dutch cooking. My favorite Indonesian dish is most certainly satay, one of those dishes that can be very complicated and labor intensive or very easy. Ever the impatient cook, I’ve gone for the easy way.
This Maraschino-scented Dutch dessert tastes...
Chipolata pudding is a gelatine-set dessert flavored with Maraschino liqueur and studded with raisins, glacé or fresh fruits and nuts. This version uses fresh fruits, which we prefer, and has a thick, foamy finish.
Taste Spring in the Netherlands with our...
It's hard to beat soft, tender lovely white asparagus. It's even harder to beat the way the Dutch eat it - swathed in Hollandaise sauce, chopped boiled eggs and slices of ham. This Asparagus Hollandaise is Spring cuisine at its swoonworthy best.
Rijstebrij (Old-Fashioned Dutch Rice Pudding)
In the olden days, 'rijstebrij' was served at feast days and weddings. Presumably this was because rice, cinnamon and sugar were expensive, exotic ingredients back then. In fact, Flemish Renaissance painter Breughel is said to have painted rice pudding in 'De Boerenbruiloft' (The Peasant Wedding), dated 1567. However, this old-fashioned favorite remains as popular as ever - at least, in my home.
Dutch Culinary Icons
Every nation has its culinary icons. The British have their fish & chips and tea, Americans their hamburgers and Coca Cola and Italians their pasta and pizza. The Dutch, too, have quite a few culinary icons that inspire longing in expatriates and uncritical love at all times.
Butter Biscuits (Boterkoek)
Often mistakenly called Dutch shortbread, these 'boterkoek' are, in fact, unique to the Netherlands. They have a slightly different taste and texture to shortbread, but if you are a fan of the Scottish treat you are likely to love these too.
Dutch Bacon & Apple Pancakes
Pancakes with apple, bacon and syrup may sound a bit strange to you, but don't knock it till you try it. It really is wickedly delicious.
Banoffee Pie Recipe
What's not to love about this banana and caramel dessert from Homemade Winter? It's a recipe from the author's childhood in Ireland and with its sweet flavors and creamy textures is perhaps the very definition of cold weather comfort food.
Discover 25 ways to cook with Dutch cheese.
This recipe collection places cheese in the spotlight, with recipes featuring Gouda cheese, Bastiaansen Blauw, 'Olde Remeker', 'boerenkaas', hard Dutch goat's cheese, chevre and more.
Dutch Shrimp Croquettes (Garnalenkroketten)
Ask any Amsterdammer about Holtkamp bakery and you'll hear praise for their excellent cakes, cookies, pastries and savory snacks. In fact, this patisserie is particularly renowned for their shrimp croquettes. This recipe delivers croquettes with a crisp breadcrumb exterior and a well-filled, gooey center of delicately spiced shrimp - a true delicacy.
Kroket
Kroket = A Dutch variety of the croquette. Find out more...
Dutch Apple Sauce
The Dutch love eating apple sauce (or appelmoes as they call it) as a condiment with their main meal. 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!
Traditional Flemish Waterzooi Recipe
Waterzooi is a traditional Flemish fish dish, which straddles that notional territory between a soup and a stew. Some modern versions feature chicken and fish, but this recipe from 'Werken met Vis' cookbook follows a deliciously old-fashioned all-fish formula.
Traditional Dutch Poached Pears are Oh So...
Fragrant pears poached in red wine make for a healthy dessert or a rather different side dish. This is perfect for people who are not too fond of sugary-sweet desserts. Or for someone who wants to add something new and wonderful to their dinner repertoire, instead of the usual peas and carrots.
Banketstaaf (Dutch Christmas Log)
The 'banketstaaf' is a traditional Dutch treat served at Christmas time. Flaky puff pastry, dusted with a snowfall of powdered sugar, encases a soft, flavorful almond paste center.
Kapucijnerschotel (Dutch Grey Pea Dish)
Monk's Mince is my name for 'kapucijnerschotel' (literally: grey pea dish). It is a typical Dutch family meal, with grey peas (or marrowfat peas), minced beef, apples and bacon. Monk's Mince is easy to make and even easier to tuck into.
Frikadellen (Dutch Snack Sausages)
Frikadellen usually come in the guise of those dodgy-looking skinless sausages that are deep fried and sold at ‘snackbars’; often as a broodje frikadel, squeezed between two cottonwool-like buns and doused liberally with mayo, tomato sauce (or its ‘curry saus’ cousin) and lashings of raw onion. Kooy’s version is grilled and slightly more grown up, served with chicory and sweet and sour ‘mustard fruit’ (cauliflower, carrots and pearl onions preserved in a mustard syrup).
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. I first got the idea for savory hangop when I was having dinner at Restaurant Greetje, in Amsterdam. This is my version.
Haring
There is a local saying that Amsterdam was built on herring bones. Holland can thank its Golden Age, at least in part, to this silvery-blue fish.
The History of Dutch Food
A look at the history of food in the Netherlands - from the glory of the Golden Age through Holland's subsequent frugal phase and to today's slow culinary awakening.
10 Dutch breads, cakes and pastries to bake...
A few of our favorite recipes for Dutch cakes, breads and pastries to bake at home.
Sauteed Curly Kale
This healthy side dish features iron-rich curly kale (a very traditional Dutch ingredient) in a new guise -- sauteed with onions, garlic, chilli and onions.
Spicy Barbecued Sea Bass Recipe (Pikante...
The sea bass in this summer barbecue recipe is first doused in chili, garlic and coriander oil and then grilled in a barbecue basket for maximum smoky flavor.
Deep-Fried Camembert with Cranberry Sauce
Easy to make and delicious to eat, deep-fried camembert with cranberry sauce makes an excellent appetizer for even the most festive of meals.
Meringue Mess
This dessert combines blueberries, blackberries, ginger flavored whipped cream and meringues. I like to call it Meringue Mess.
Make Cheese Crackers from Scratch with this...
These Gouda Cookies are a fantastic party snack. I've been told they taste a bit like Cheez-Its, only more wholesome (I think it was a compliment). At any rate, these savory cheese cookies are nothing if not simple: good aged Gouda, flour, butter, pepper and a touch of nutmeg.
Quick Ginger Beer
Ginger beer is a very popular Caribbean drink. It has been edging its way onto Dutch supermarket shelves more and more as the demand from Holland's Caribbean immigrants grows. Making real ginger beer at home is a long process. Here is my homemade cheat's version.
Boerenmeisjes (Brandied Apricots)
'Boerenmeisjes' (literally 'farm girls') is a Dutch regional speciality from Groningen. They're essentially apricots preserved in brandy, with a hint of lemon adding extra flavor. I think the Dutch name is as pretty as the final product is tasty.
Kapucijners
Kapucijners = A Dutch variety of grey peas. Find out more...
Spring Vegetable Soup with Meatballs
Meatballs feature in many traditional Dutch vegetable soup recipes and this one is my take on 'groentesoep met balletjes', using typical Dutch spring vegetables like asparagus, broccoli, celery, young turnip rape ('meiknolletjes'), leeks and carrots with little rose veal meatballs. This seasonal soup can be played with and adapted to any season using what's fresh and available.
Speculaas Coffee Recipe (Coffee with Dutch...
This warming seasonal coffee tastes like a gingerbread-flavored hug. It is laced with speculaas liqueur and topped with a snowy mound of whipped cream and toasted almonds. Let the cold weather come...
Mustard & Dill Sauce
This easy mustard-dill sauce will elevate your favorite beef, pork or chicken sandwich and is fantastic when teamed with oily fish like herring, mackerel or salmon. My mustard-dill mayo also makes a nice addition to any smoked fish platter.
If You Always Have Eggs in the House, Here's 15...
Eggs, that ubiquitous store-cupboard standby, plays the starring role in these fifteen fabulous egg recipes.
Curry Bunnies
These delicious curry bunnies are an excellent example of Dutch-South African fusion. The Dutch brought their traditional 'oliebollen' to their former colony, where it was renamed 'vetkoek' and teamed with curried minced meat, packed full of all the wondrous spices Dutch trading ships were bringing back from their other colonies in the East.
Taai-Taai Cookie Recipe
Literally translated as 'tough-tough', these traditional 'Sinterklaas' cookies owe their typical chewy texture to honey. They are often made in beautiful festive molds and taste of aniseed.
Gevulde Speculaas (Dutch Spiced Cookies Filled...
'Gevulde Speculaas' is a traditional Dutch cookie served at Christmas time, or these days, anytime. Crispy layers of ginger-cinnamon cookie, decorated with almonds, encase a soft, flavorful almond paste center.
This Peanutty Bowlful of Soup Makes a Moreish...
If you like peanut butter or satay, you'll love this spicy peanut soup from the former Dutch colony of Suriname.
Easy Pork Rib Roast with Oven-Roasted Vegetables
Forget turkey, the Dutch way to celebrate is with pork. This easy one-pot recipe delivers a juicy rib roast with crispy crackling and oven roasted veggies.
Kruidnoten (Ginger Nuts)
The little sister of 'speculaas', 'kruidnoten' are tiny rounded cookies eaten at 'Sinterklaas'. They're spiced with ginger, cinnamon, white pepper, cardamom, cloves and nutmeg.
Stroopkoeken Recipe (Dutch Syrup Cookies)
Similar to the more well-known 'stroopwafel', those delicious caramel-filled waffles sold piping hot on Dutch markets, the 'stroopkoek' (literally 'syrup cake') can be baked in a regular oven. What you get is a caramel-filled cookie that absolutely everyone will love.
The Story of Sinterklaas
The Dutch celebrate the feast day of Sinterklaas on Dec. 5 and 6 to commemorate the life of St. Nicholas.
Grilled Rib Eye Steak with Garlic & Herbs
Nothing conjures up the feeling of summer faster than the smoky smell of a barbecue. Take your next grilling-session to new heights with this recipe for grilled rib eye steak, marinated in garlic and herb oil.
Culinary Influences on the Dutch Kitchen
What do the Persians, Romans, French, Spanish, Indonesians, Surinamese, Moroccans and Turkish have in common? They have all stamped their influence on the Dutch kitchen. Holland, in turn, has left a culinary legacy behind in some parts of the world.
Discover everything about ''ossenworst'', a...
Is Amsterdam speciality ''ossenworst'' really made from raw ox meat? Discover everything there is to know about the Slow Food-listed Dutch delicacy.
Amsterdamse Koggetjes (Dutch Nougatine Cookies...
Once named the official cookie for the Dutch city of Amsterdam, these delicious nougat-studded cookies are also known as 'nougatientjes'.
House of Orange Salad
My House of Orange Salad uses the classic combination of oranges and fennel. While many people consider this an unusual match at first glance, they only have to taste this salad to realize that these two flavors - aniseed and fresh citrus - marry beautifully. A dish fit for a queen.
Bruges Lace Cookies (Brugse Kant/Kletskoppen)
Bruges lace cookies, or 'kletskoppen' as they're known in Dutch, are very thin, hard, crispy cookies that consist primarily of sugar and nuts.
Kerstfeest (Christmas in Holland)
Christmas is celebrated over two days in the Netherlands, i.e. 'Eerste Kerstdag' (First Christmas Day) on December 25 and 'Tweede Kerstdag' (Second Christmas Day) on December 26, both of which are public holidays. Christmas in Holland is not centered on Santa Claus, crazy commercialism and gift-giving, but on the family and the ambiance of the holiday.
Raspberry Hangop
Dutch strained yoghurt, or 'hangop', is very easy to make and incredibly versatile. I love it as a summer dessert, with fresh fruits like raspberries and red currants.
Forgotten Soup
There is nothing forgettable about my Forgotten Soup, it's simply made with some of those old-fashioned veggies that have been labeled as 'vergeten groenten' (forgotten vegetables) in Dutch culinary circles, and as a result have become rather trendy. My soup uses some of these vegetables, including turnip-rooted parsley, celeriac, beets, and kohlrabi.
Ostrich Steak with Mashed Potatoes & Blackberry...
This recipe is a good example of the pure, honest flavors that Landgoed Mariënwaerdt, a well-known Dutch country estate, is renowned for. Ostrich is a great alternative to most fatty festive foods, because it has all the beefy flavor of red meat, but only 1/3 of the fat. The blackberry sauce makes the most of this lean meat, in much the same way that cranberry sauce does for turkey.
Classic Hot Chocolate Recipe (Warme Chocolademe...
Steaming hot chocolate is as typical on a cafe menu as coffee or tea in the Netherlands. While the drink is most popular as a fall and winter treat, hot cocoa with whipped cream is certainly enjoyed on rainy days year-round. Try our recipe.
Amarula Sunset Cocktail
This creamy cocktail features South African Amarula cream liqueur and fresh Dutch strawberries - what could be more summery?
Chicken from the Golden Age
The ingredients for this recipe are straight out of a 17th century Dutch cookbook. I've updated the cooking method, but the basic ingredients -- chicken with bacon, butter, herbs and spices -- remains the same as in the original recipe.
Speculaasstaaf (Dutch Spiced Cookie Log Filled...
This is yet another version of 'speculaas', one of the Netherland's favorite treats. 'Speculaasstaaf' is a traditional Dutch pastry served at Sinterklaas and Christmas time. Or, these days, anytime. A crispy log made of gingerbread-cinnamon cookie dough, decorated with almonds and crystallized brown sugar, encases a soft, flavorful almond paste center.
White Asparagus With Salmon
Delicate white asparagus and salty smoked salmon make a moreish match in this simple recipe.
Custard Slice of Heaven (Tompoes)
The custard slice, or ‘tompoes’ as it’s called in Dutch is a very popular pastry here in the Netherlands. The Dutch even claim that an Amsterdam baker invented them, but they’re popular in so many parts of the world now, who knows? And, frankly, who cares? The pleasure’s all in knowing that they’re delicious to eat.
Jachtschotel (Hunter's Dish)
'Jachtschotel' (which directly translates as 'Hunter's dish) is similar to what the Brits call Cottage Pie in that it consists of layers of meat, potatoes and vegetables. What makes this Dutch hunter's casserole different are the layers of finely sliced apples. This dish was traditionally made with leftover bits of venison after the end of the hunting season - hence the name - but my version uses easy-to-find beef. Of course, if you should have some leftover venison, by all means use it!
Pepernoten Recipe (Dutch Peppernut Cookies)
Traditionally part of Dutch Sinterklaas festivities, 'pepernoten' (aniseed and honey flavored cookies) can be found in every Dutch supermarket and bakery in the months preceding St. Nicholas Eve on December 5. This easy recipe, from Amsterdam's most famous patissier, Cees Holtkamp, delivers a fragrant batch of homemade Dutch 'pepper nuts'.
Moreish Mussels
Holland is world renowned for its excellent mussels. For the uninitiated, I could only describe their taste as slightly briny, surprisingly sweet and palate-soothingly creamy. It may sound corny, but they really taste of the ocean. My dish combines mussels with the familiar (carrots and leeks) and the not-so-familiar, briny sea beans/samphire, which seem to bring out the wonderful ozone aroma of the ocean even more in the mussels.
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.
Krakelingen Recipe (Sugared Dutch Pretzels)
Pretzels are known and loved throughout the world, but Dutch pretzels are different from the salty snack you may know. In the Netherlands, pretzels or 'krakelingen' as they're called locally, are sweet rather than savory.
What To Do with Witlof
These ideas for using witlof come courtesy of 'Smaakvrienden', a guide to culinary inspiration, filled with ideas, tips, pairings and recipes for some 80 vegetables.
Dutch Shrimp & Cucumber Sandwiches
These pretty sandwiches combine refreshing cucumber with delicious Dutch shrimp ('Hollandse garnalen'), those moreish greyish-pink morsels native to our waters. Rather conveniently, you can buy them already peeled, deveined and cooked at fishmongers and supermarkets all over the Netherlands, but you can easily substitute them with whatever small shrimp or prawns are native to your area.
Pancakes & Poffertjes for Every Moment of...
This list of pancake and poffertjes recipes includes both traditional and new takes on the Dutch favorite.
Smoked Herring Fishcakes
Team leftover mashed potatoes with flakes of smoked fish for a main that is both frugal and fabulous.
Slavinken (Bacon Wrapped Pork Parcels)
You'll find 'slavinken' (bacon wrapped pork parcels) at every Dutch butcher and supermarket. My version includes traditional Dutch meat herbs, which add a flavorful touch.
Make kibbeling (goujons) from scratch with this...
If you've ever taken a stroll along a Dutch beach, you may have sampled 'kibbeling' at a seaside stall. This recipe uses battered plaice pieces to make these delicious Dutch fish nuggets.
Our Sugar-Free Dark Chocolate Mousse is a...
True chocoholics will love the complex, dark flavor of this good-for-you chocolate mousse, but it's also a great basic recipe to play around with.
Vlammetjes
Vlammetjes = Spicy Dutch bar snack.
Mussels with Saffron & Ginger
Mussels are a typical Dutch meal and while the use of saffron and ginger may seem very modern, this recipe can actually be traced back to a 15th century culinary manuscript in the library of the 'Koninklijke Academie voor Nederlandse Taal- en Letterkunde' (the Royal Academy for Dutch Language and -Literature) in Ghent.
Philosopher's Stew (Filosoof)
Philosopher's Stew (also known as 'Filosoof' in Dutch) is a hearty winter stew, traditionally made with leftovers and topped with a layer of potatoes. My version features beef and quinces.
Drie in de Pan Recipe (Traditional Dutch...
Their name translates as 'three in the pan' because you can bake three of these delicious pancakes at a time.
Pickled Herring Salad with Sour Apples & Potatoes
Tangy Granny Smith apples, spicy horseradish and creamy potatoes offer the perfect background for the fresh-sour flavor of pickled herring from Holland in this yummy salad recipe.
Gemberbolus Recipe (Dutch Ginger Buns)
Try this recipe for 'gemberbolus', or surypy sweet Dutch buns potent with ginger.
Dutch Cookbook Measurements
Have you recently bought a Dutch cookbook and your limited Dutch skills are prohibiting you from using it? Then my list of basic Dutch measurements, ingredients, terms and methods (and their equivalents in English) may just be something for you. For conversions from metric to decimal and vice versa, I recommend using a Weight to Volume Calculator.
Chocolate-Covered Kruidnoten
Chocolate kruidnoten (the small gingerbread-style cookies enjoyed at 'Sinterklaas') have been popular for a number of years as an update to the traditional cookie. You can use milk- or dark chocolate for this recipe, but I think the complexity of the latter complements the heady mix of spices used in this festive Dutch cookie better.
Dutch Sandwich Spread with Cream Cheese, Chives...
This allium-rich cream cheese tastes terrific on whole wheat bread or sourdough, but also makes a delicious dip with crudités.
Indo-Dutch Gado Gado Recipe
Thanks to the Netherlands' colonial history in the former Dutch East Indies (modern-day Indonesia), this green bean salad with tofu, tempeh and peanut sauce is a favorite in many Dutch homes today.
Our lemon quark cake is moist, moreish and...
Looking for summer's perfect coffee cake? Try our lemon-blueberry quark cake now.
Warm Sautéed Mushrooms with Crusty Bread
Field mushrooms pan-seared with onion, ginger, nutmeg and ground coriander and teamed with fresh, crusty bread, make for a fine fall lunch dish.
A Fruit Smoothie Fit for all Dutch Orange-Theme...
This smoothie with oranges, banana, plums and mango is the healthy answer to all those orange-tinged foods on the Dutch holiday of King's Day.
Strawberry & Yogurt Cocktail
This sublime cocktail could be called a grown-up version of a strawberry smoothie or milkshake. It is made with fresh strawberries and Bols Natural Yoghurt liqueur, a tartly sweet alternative to creamy tipples such as Bailey's and Amarula.
Add turnip tops and chili to omelets for a...
Turnip greens (known as 'raapstelen' in Dutch) are a very typical and traditional ingredient in Holland. They are very tasty (slightly bitter and peppery, like a cross between spinach and rocket) and super good for you. Get your day off on the right track with my omelet with turnip greens, goat's cheese and chili.
Our Updated Family Recipe for Glazed Carrots...
Every culture seems to have their own version of sweet glazed carrots. The Dutch enjoy theirs with butter, cinnamon and nutmeg. I've added a touch of lemon to give it a bit of zesty zing. These carrots are fantastic with lamb chops.
Homemade tastes best is true as ever for...
If store bought olive tapenade is a summer essential, you simply have to try this homemade version, courtesy of Dutch chef Jonathan Karpathios.
Party Poffertjes
Children just love 'poffertjes' (tiny Dutch pancakes). This version sees them doused in honey and sprinkles and skewered on satay sticks. Something new and different for a kids party.
Thought Stamppot Was Only for the Winter? Think...
Stamppot (Dutch vegetable mash) is usually considered a winter dish, but it was such a diet staple in bygone times that the Dutch used to eat it year round. Stamppot Sla is a spring stamppot. It is made with spring-fresh butter lettuce (Hollandse kropsla).
Smoked Mackerel Salad (Gerookte Makreelsalade)
This recipe, taken from 'Kookboek voor Meisjes van 8 tot 88' (Cookbook for Girls from 8 to 88) is like cross between a Caesar salad and a Nicoise salad, but with a Dutch twist: smoked mackerel. Delicious!
Nasi Goreng
Nasi Goreng = A popular Indo-Dutch dish in the Netherlands. Find out more...

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