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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.
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.
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.
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.
Beef Bitterballen Recipe
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Best Amsterdam Spots for Food Lovers - Food...
Join me for a virtual culinary stroll along the best foodie spots Amsterdam has to offer. We will visit my favorite market, restaurants, kitchen stores and cheese shop. Welcome to Amsterdam! Page 6.
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.
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 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.
10 Dutch breads, cakes and pastries to bake...
A few of our favorite recipes for Dutch cakes, breads and pastries to bake at home.
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.
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.
Surinamese Peanut Soup Recipe
If you like peanut butter or satay, you'll love this spicy peanut soup from the former Dutch colony of Suriname.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kroket
Kroket = A Dutch variety of the croquette. Find out more...
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.
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...
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 have to try this Dutch hazelnut meringue...
If you've ever visited a Dutch bakery, you will have seen a hazelnut meringue cream cake. Why not try making this gluten-free treat at home?
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!
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. Page 8.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
20 Dutch Apple Recipes
A collection of 20 sweet and savory recipes featuring the humble apple.
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.
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.
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.
Slow and Easy Does it for our Aromatic Pork...
Babi Ketjap is a typical Indonesian stew, featuring pork, aromatic spices and Indonesian soy sauce. The Dutch have embraced the food of their former colony as their own and it has become part and parcel of their culinary heritage. Babi Ketjap is exactly the kind of Indonesian dish Dutch people cook at home because it is so accessible and easy to make.
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.
Snert
Snert = Dutch Split Pea Soup. Dutch Food.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fruited Easter Bread (Paasstol)
Nothing says Easter in Holland like a 'Paasbrood', a delicious fruited loaf with an almond paste center (imagine squidgy marzipan). I make my Easter Bread with cherries and lemon zest, soaked in cherry brandy, but you can stick to the traditional if you insist.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pasen (Dutch Easter)
The Netherlands has a history as a Christian nation, and therefore the Christian holiday calender is followed here. Easter, a Christian holiday that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ two days after his crucifixion is celebrated much in the same way as in other Christian countries. You’ll find the same penchant for chocolate bunnies and Easter egg hunts in Holland, but there are a few Easter traditions unique to the Netherlands.
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.
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.
Erwtensoep
Erwtensoep = Dutch Split Pea Soup
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.
This Celeriac & Potato Purée Recipe...
This textured pur é e of celery root and potatoes is the ultimate in comfort food. Enjoy this classic
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.
Grandmother's Red Cabbage (Rode Kool Met...
Red cabbage and apples (rode kool met appeltjes) is a very old-fashioned, but much loved, side dish here in Holland. It goes really well with hearty meals like stews and venison.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
Witlof
What the Dutch call witlof is known as known by many other names abroad, such as Belgian endive, chicory and 'witloof' in Belgium.
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.
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.
Poached Pears in Red Wine
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.
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!
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.
Kapucijners
Kapucijners = A Dutch variety of grey peas. Find out more...
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.
Dark Chocolate Mousse
Over 1,320,000,000 pounds of cocoa beans pass through Amsterdam's port every year - a sixth of the world's cocoa production - making Amsterdam the world's largest cocoa port. So, it's only fitting that my dark chocolate mousse uses chocolate in one of its purest forms: with 85% cocoa. This is a good basic recipe that you can play around with.
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).
Baked Eggs with Spinach, Leeks & Gouda Recipe
Whether you make these baked eggs for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner, this recipe produces an easy yet nutritious meal.
Ontbijtkoek
'Ontbijtkoek' is a spiced breakfast cake.
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.
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.
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.
Smoked Herring Fishcakes
Team leftover mashed potatoes with flakes of smoked fish for a main that is both frugal and fabulous.
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.
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.
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.
10 Dutch Downturn-Busting Dishes
Most of us are feeling the effects of the global economic crisis - yes even here in Holland - and are looking for ways to feed our families (or just ourselves if we're footloose and fancyfree) that won't break the bank. Of course, most Dutch recipes are pretty frugal anyway.
If there were a Dutch national dish, this would...
Could a mash-up of (root) vegetables really be the Dutch national dish? Find out...
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.
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.
My Roasted Root Vegetables Recipe
Every cook should have a recipe for baked vegetables in his or her repertoire. Not only because they're so ridiculously easy to make - you don't even have to peel the veg and the oven does all the work for you - but because they're so satisfying to eat. This is my winter version, using those root vegetables that take so well to our local soil; potatoes, carrots, celeriac and beets, lifted with a bit of sweet roasted garlic and red onion.
Baked Thick-Cut Fries (Luie Wijven Friet)
Who says fries have to be bad for you? My recipe cuts down on the grease factor and ups the nutrients. No mess, no fuss and all the taste.
Learn How to Make Dutch Chocolate Custard from...
Why make chocolate custard at home when you can find it in every Dutch supermarket? Simple. That stuff doesn’t touch this heavenly homemade version.
Christmas Bread (Kerststol)
This recipe for fruited Christmas bread with a sweet almond paste center is a real winner for the holidays. I have updated the traditional recipe, using cranberries and orange liqueur instead of the usual raisins, currants and brandy. But please feel free to stick to the traditional version.
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'.
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.
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?
Dutch Cheese Plate (Hollandse Kaasplankje)
One of the easiest ways to entertain is to serve a cheese plate with drinks or as a savory dessert course. I've combined shards of aged goat's cheese, a block of creamy blue cheese, blocks of interesting nettle cheese (called 'brandnetelkaas' in Dutch, this is sure to be a conversation starter) and a disc of soft goat's cheese with red grapes, walnuts, my seasonal apple & pear chutney and grainy Dutch mustard. Serve with your favorite bread or crackers.
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.
Sole with Hollandaise Sauce Recipe (Tongfilets...
This classic combination of sole, hollandaise sauce and wild spinach is chic enough for a dinner party or special occasion cooking and remains an enduringly delicious choice.
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.
Dutch Chocolate Stol (Chocolade Stol)
Traditionally consumed during special holidays such as Christmas and Easter, 'stollen' have become ubiquitous brunch fare enjoyed year-round these days. This new version includes chocolate, but is otherwise quite traditional.
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.
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.
What To Do with Cauliflower
I've borrowed these ideas for using cauliflower from 'Smaakvrienden', Angelique Schmeink's guide to culinary inspiration, filled with ideas, tips, pairings and recipes for some 80 vegetables.
Best Spots for Food Lovers in The Hague - Food...
No day of shopping is complete without a relaxing and much-needed meal. We've selected a few favorite brunch and lunch spots in The Hague, all of which are conveniently located in the main shopping areas. Page 5.
Learn How to Make Traditional Frisian Sugar...
Frisian sugar bread, a rich, soft-crumbed Dutch bread studded with sugar crystals, is best when enjoyed fresh and slathered with real butter.
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).
Duivekater Recipe (Traditional Dutch Sweet...
Learn how to make 'duivekater', a traditional tibia-shaped festive bread, at home with this easy-to-follow recipe.
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.
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.
Cinnamon 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.
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.
How to make Dutch snackbar favorite, goulash...
These crunchy paprika-spiced beef croquettes are great for entertaining. They're a sure hit as an appetizer or as an indulgent afternoon snack.
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.
Chocolate Fondue with Fruit
Despite its Swiss origins, the Dutch have long since adopted fondue as a 'national dish'. This dessert fondue combines another national favorite, Dutch chocolate, with Amarula Cream liqueur and exotic fruits.
Edible Expressions from the Netherlands
Idiomatic expressions add local flavor to language, and those expressions that relate to food perhaps reflect a nation's eating culture most of all. Here is our (non-exhaustive) list of food-related Dutch idioms, proverbs and sayings.
Gouda gougères are a fun party snack...
These gougères, featuring 'boerenkaas' (raw-milk artisanal Gouda cheese), will add a Dutch touch to your appetizer platter come cocktail time.
Dutch Beef Stew with Bockbier & Winter Vegetables
Delicious and nutritious, this hearty stew with beef, carrots, potatoes, leeks and a malty Dutch brown beer, called 'bockbier', will keep you warm this winter.
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.
Cauliflower Crush
You could call this the lighter side of mashed potatoes. In fact, you can use cauliflower crush instead of mashed potato in most dishes. It's great as a baked topping for stews and casseroles with a bit of cheese gratineed on top, or simply on its own, as a vegetable side dish.
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.
Crackers be gone! Stuff witlof with chevre,...
Team Belgian endive with chevre, crispy bacon and walnuts for a gluten-free, low carb appetizer that may make you forget you once loved crackers.
Jam & Coconut Meringue Tartlets
These delicious South African cookies will be more familiar as 'Hertzoggies' to some. A traditional Afrikaner treat, the little tarts may have been the lovechild of the Dutch's love for filled fruit pies (such as apple pie and 'vlaaien') and exotic colonial ingredients, like apricot and coconut.
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.
Zandkoekjes (Dutch 'Sand' Cookies)
Don't worry, the name 'sand cookies' refers to the crumbly texture and sandy color of these crisp Dutch cookies, not the taste.
Rendang Padang Recipe (Beef in Spicy Coconut...
Indonesian food is to the Dutch what Indian food is to the British. And, like Mexican restaurants pop up in pretty much every American city, Indonesian restaurants abound in the Netherlands. In fact, the Dutch have embraced the food of their former colony as their own and are more likely to take visitors to their country to an Indonesian restaurant than a Dutch one. Rendang, or beef stewed in spiced coconut milk, is one of the most popular dishes at Indonesian restaurants in the Netherlands. This easy rendang recipe can be made in any kitchen and, like most stews, tastes even better the next day.
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.
Wrap your lips around these supersized,...
If you like profiteroles, you'll love Bossche bollen. This chocolate-covered Dutch take on the cream-filled pastry are bigger and, dare-we-say, better.
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.
Nasi Goreng
Nasi Goreng = A popular Indo-Dutch dish in the Netherlands. Find out more...
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.
Try Carrot and Potato Mash, Leiden's Signature...
For 440 years,  a simple mash-up of carrots, onions and potatoes, known as hutspot,  has been a symbol
Individual Ham, Egg & Edam Cheese Tarts Recipe
These crustless tarts with Edam cheese, ham and eggs are low in carbs and gluten-free. They're fabulous for breakfast, brunch or, served with a fresh tomato salad, for lunch.
Meatball Sandwich (Broodje Bal )
'Broodje Bal' is the kind of lunch dish you make with leftover meatballs, but it's so good that it really deserves the limelight in its own right.
Romantic Wedding Cupcakes
I made these lemon cupcakes with cream cheese frosting for my wedding, so obviously I love them. While I used them for a rather extraordinary occasion in my life, I've served them in more everyday settings too. You can dress these easy-to-make cupcakes up or down with fancy cupcake cups and holders and sugar decorations for smarter settings, such as dinner parties or weddings, or use simple cupcake cups for tea with friends.
Spring Pea Soup
Bright green, like early spring leaves, this version of pea soup is much lighter than traditional Dutch split pea soup. You could say it's a soup for all seasons!
10 recipes to get you inspired to cook with...
Carrots are packed full of good-for-you nutrients and easy to find in your local supermarket. Here are 10 carrot recipes to get you inspired.

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