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Dutch Food: Most Popular Articles

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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.
What the Dutch Eat for Breakfast, Lunch &...
Join us for a look at a day in the life of Dutch eating, as we take you through a typical Dutch breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Strawberry & Chevre Salad
This delicious salad, featuring strawberries, soft goat's cheese and lamb's lettuce (mache) is just the thing for a sweltering summer's day when you can't face anything that isn't light and refreshing.
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.
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 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.
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.
It's Time to Hit the Road with this Classic...
Legend goes that this dish used to be served to cafe patrons late at night, just before they were kicked
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.
How To Make Traditional Dutch Stroopwafels from...
Widely available in supermarkets (even abroad), these Dutch caramel-filled cookies taste best when fresh. Learn how to make them from scratch.
Update Traditional Dutch Cherry Pancakes with...
Traditionally served with only a dusting of powdered sugar, our tangy sauce gives Dutch cherry pancakes a little lift.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our lemon quark cake is moist, moreish and...
Looking for summer's perfect coffee cake? Try our lemon-blueberry quark cake now.
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.
10 Dutch breads, cakes and pastries to bake...
A few of our favorite recipes for Dutch cakes, breads and pastries to bake at home.
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.
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.
Create Summer's Ultimate No-Bake Tart with...
You can use any summer fruits, such as strawberries, raspberries, red currants, peaches or plums,for this refreshing no-bake tart with pastry cream.
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!
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.
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...
Learn How to Make Nasi Goreng the Dutch Way.
Nasi Goreng is a classic example of edible recycling. Make it with leftover rice and all those little odds and ends you have hanging around the house.
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.
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.
Try our blackberry version of the Dutch dessert...
This is our take on the traditional Dutch dessert, Haagse bluf (translates to "Hague bluff", supposedly
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.
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.
Our simple pork satay recipe makes a great...
Many satay recipes are overly complicated and labor intensive, but our homemade version is easy breezy and very flavorful.
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.
Learn How to Make Traditional Dutch Two-Cabbage...
Did you know that coleslaw is actually Dutch? And, when made from scratch it's very nutritious, too. Try our easy recipe.
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.
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.
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.
We have a Dutch seafood recipe for every hour...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Witlof
What the Dutch call witlof is known as known by many other names abroad, such as Belgian endive, chicory and 'witloof' in Belgium.
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.
Tulbandjes met Frambozencreme (Mini Vanilla...
These mini vanilla ring cakes, served with a delicate raspberry cream, are as pretty as a picture.
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.
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.
Pancakes & Poffertjes for Every Moment of...
This list of pancake and poffertjes recipes includes both traditional and new takes on the Dutch favorite.
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.
16 Summery Salad Recipes
Break out of your salad rut with these sixteen recipes for summertime salads.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If there were a Dutch national dish, this would...
Could a mash-up of (root) vegetables really be the Dutch national dish? Find out...
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.
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.
The Ultimate Shrimp Croquette Recipe from...
This recipe delivers croquettes with a crisp breadcrumb exterior and a well-filled, gooey center of delicately spiced shrimp - a true Dutch delicacy.
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.
The Story of Sinterklaas
The Dutch celebrate the feast day of Sinterklaas on Dec. 5 and 6 to commemorate the life of St. Nicholas.
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?
This Celeriac & Potato Purée Recipe...
This textured pur é e of celery root and potatoes is the ultimate in comfort food. Enjoy this classic
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.
Meringue Mess
This dessert combines blueberries, blackberries, ginger flavored whipped cream and meringues. I like to call it Meringue Mess.
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.
Dutch Custard Slice with Lemon Recipe
This homemade version of the Dutch tompoes pastry is delicately flavored with lemon - perfect for summer.
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.
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.
Best Groningen Spots for Food Lovers - Food...
Groningen is primarily known as a university town and its diverse student population lends it a young vibe. As the largest city in the north of the Netherlands, it offers enough to delight even the pickiest foodie. Join me for a virtual culinary stroll through the streets of this friendly northern town.
How to Steam Fish in 6 Easy Steps.
Steaming is not only one of the easiest ways of preparing fish, it is certainly one of the healthiest. Learn how to steam fish in six easy steps.
Smoked Salmon on Toast with Chive Sour Cream
At my house, a luxurious breakfast, brunch or lunch should include at least one variety of smoked fish, and because salmon is the most universally liked, it often features. While Christmas and Easter mornings beg for such breakfasts, I think it's fun to spoil my family with an open-faced smoked fish sandwich every now and again. This recipe is quick and easy, because the fishmonger does the work for you; all that remains is a bit of toasting, chopping and stirring work.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Most Exotic Eggs You've Never Tasted. Try...
The tender yellow yolks melt together with the creamy coconut sauce, and when combined with fluffy, white rice, this is the ultimate in comfort food.
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.
Kapucijners
Kapucijners = A Dutch variety of grey peas. Find out more...
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!
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.
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.
What You Need to Know About Traditional Dutch...
A typical Dutch croquette is made of meat ragout (or salpicon) covered in breadcrumbs, and deep fried until golden and crispy. Learn more about the history of the croquette and Dutch ''kroket'' varieties...
Looking for a Sugar-Free Alternative for...
The hot weather beverage of choice in most Dutch families is something called limonade (also called limo
How to Make Dutch Chrismas Wreath Cookies...
In the Netherlands, Christmas wreath cookies (called kerstkransjes in Dutch) are used to decorate the
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Draadjesvlees Pie (Hacheepastei)
This comforting winter pie is filled with a rich, slow-braised beef & onion stew and topped with an oven-crisp puff pastry crust.
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.
A Satisfying Flemish Family Supper: Chicken and...
Rich in protein and plenty of green herbs and vegetables, this classic Flemish stew makes for a mighty fine family meal.
Mini Dutch Apple Pies
Apple pie remains exceedingly popular at Dutch-style birthday parties or celebrations. These individual Dutch apple pies with apples, raisins, currants, hazelnuts and cinnamon will go down a treat. Miniature versions of cakes and pastries are always popular because they're much easier to serve than their grown-up incarnations. You can simply pop these on a cake stand with a bowl of freshly whipped cream alongside or serve on individual plates with a dollop of cream and you're done.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
These ''Lazy Wives' Fries'' are a favorite in...
Who says fries have to be bad for you? This recipe cuts down on the grease factor and ups the nutrients. No mess, no fuss and all the taste.
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.
Nasi Goreng
Nasi Goreng = A popular Indo-Dutch dish in the Netherlands. Find out more...
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.
Why not Try Making Cauliflower the Traditional...
Our classic cauliflower is cooked to perfection and topped with creamy béchamel sauce and a dusting of nutmeg.
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.
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.
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.
Poached Salmon with Chive Sour Cream & Fresh...
Salmon is native to Dutch rivers, and although not as abundant as they once were you can catch local Dutch salmon in our rivers today. While most of the salmon we eat in the Netherlands today is either farmed and/or imported, recipes for salmon has been appearing in Dutch cookbooks since at least 1514. This recipe makes a light and modern dinner; the salmon is poached in white wine, with a bay leaf and peppercorns, and served with a chive sour cream sauce and a light, dill laced potato salad.
Smoked Herring Fishcakes
Team leftover mashed potatoes with flakes of smoked fish for a main that is both frugal and fabulous.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
10 'New Dutch' Dishes
My top 10 of delicious dishes that have become more and more familiar in Dutch kitchens, which have their roots in faraway lands.
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.
Beschuit met Muisjes
Beschuit met Muisjes = Buttered rusk-like rounds of twice-baked bread topped with sugar-covered aniseed, served to family and friends visiting a newborn baby. Learn more...
How to Make The Netherlands' Official...
King's Day or during major international sporting events - out comes the trusted oranjetompoes , a custard
Braised Beef with Bischopswijn & Boerenjongens
This sweetly spiced stew smacks of the Dutch holiday season. It's flavored with 'boerenjongens', those cinnamonny brandy soaked raisins, and 'bischopswijn' (aromatic mulled wine).
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.
Why Not Try Braised Red Cabbage Made the...
Braised red cabbage is an old-fashioned, but much loved, side dish in the Netherlands. It goes really well with hearty meals like stews and venison.
Vlammetjes
Vlammetjes = Spicy Dutch bar snack.
10 Stamppot Recipes to Make Whenever You Crave...
Here are ten of our favorite Dutch stamppot recipes to make whenever comfort is what you crave.
How To Make Chicken Curry Salad Sandwiches From...
After making our homemade version, we're confident that you'll never want to eat a chicken curry salad from the supermarket again.
This Dutch mulled wine will warm you up this...
This Dutch version of gluhwein is traditionally consumed on Sinterklaas, a Dutch holiday on December 5.
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.
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.
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.
Bake up a batch of Bastognekoeken (Dutch...
Recreate these beloved Dutch rock sugar cookies at home with our easy recipe.
What to Cook Today: Bacon-Wrapped Pork, a...
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 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.
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.

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